Since moving from Chicago, Iâ€™ve relished in all the outdoor spaces I have to take advantage of in Tahoe. No longer am I confined to a 5 x 7 deck. Now I have a front porch, patio and yard to do with as I please.
In honor of all my new spaces in the sun, I felt compelled one recent Saturday to visit a local nursery to buy my first flowers ever. It was a momentous occasion in this budding gardenerâ€™s life.
I ended up getting a basic wood planter, some organic planting soil and two pretty flowers â€“ a yellow Dwarf Asiatic Lily and some Juniper Leaf Thyme.
Since planting my new friends and posting them front and center on my front porch, Iâ€™ve gotten so much pleasure out of watching them flourish. Itâ€™s made me want to plant even more!
The problem is, beyond basic â€œyou canâ€™t kill me if you triedâ€ flowers, my city lifestyle left me with absolutely no knowledge of how to grow a blossoming garden. So thatâ€™s where you guys come in. Iâ€™ve been told people who love the mountains generally have a green thumb.
So here are the things this novice gardener is wondering:
What plants are easy to grow? Herbs? Vegetables?
Does the dry air climate have a lot of effect on plants?
How do you keep critters away from your plants?
Any advice, stories, tips you could offer me would be greatly appreciated.Â Hereâ€™s to a summer full of beautiful blooms!