Now, I have always loved to garden. I like to be outside quietly mucking around in the dirt. I love worms and soil under my fingernails, and I love watching things grow. But I'm not a great gardener. I tend to overwater and underwater in phases. I'm good at pulling weeds, but I sometimes pull up plants. I've planted shade plants in the sun, and sun plants in the shade. Even still, things turn out ok in the end, generally.
But this week, I came across something that blew my mind. This may be cheating to some of you master gardeners, but for someone who loved Paint-By-Numbers as a child, it's a dream come true.
Better Homes & Gardens has an entire line of free
garden plans on their website. This is truly Paint-By-Numbers for the amateur gardener. For instance, click on Beginner Garden for Full Sun. You will find a detailed planting guide that has:
- A list of plants
- A list of alternate plants that might be better suited to your region
- A chart of exactly where to plant each plant (accounting for plant heights and when each plant will be in flower so you have color all season long)
- Instructions on planting, watering, mulching, aftercare
- Reviews from other readers who have tried this plan
As a special, extra long-weekend treat, here's a really cute post from the new blog Confessions of a Trophy Husband. Enjoy!