Did you know that April is National Lawn and Garden Month? Now that the temperatures are rising, it’s the perfect time to spring into action on a new garden. Whether your lawn space is generous or modest and even if you have no yard space at all, we’ve got your gardening options covered – inside and out.
Go Green Indoors
Want to start a garden but don’t have a backyard? No problem. Indoor gardens are a perfect choice for townhome dwellers or anyone who can’t devote a portion of their yard to gardening. Plus, you can keep your garden growing year-round. Just bear in mind that most vegetables need around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to thrive. Cherry tomatoes, carrots, and peas are some of your best indoor options; with leafy greens, such as lettuce and spinach, requiring the least amount of sunlight. Here are some ideas to get you started on an indoor garden:
- Container gardening. Window boxes, planter boxes, terrariums, hanging planters, or anything in a container will allow you to turn even a minimal amount of free space into a thriving garden.
- Windowsill gardens. Your kitchen window might be the best place for indoor gardening, with southern-facing windows getting the most intense sunlight. You can also supplement the sun with artificial lighting made specifically for plants.
The Great Outdoors
If you’ve got a great big backyard or any yard space at all, then you’ve got more options for what you’d like to grow. Outdoor gardens are the perfect spot for vegetables that require more direct sunlight or need more free space around them in order to thrive. Here are some ideas for an outdoor garden:
- Backyard or Patio Gardens. Whether you live in North Carolina or Las Vegas, you’ll want to landscape your garden or patio garden according to your climate, and amount of available space.
- Community Gardens. Imagine having the chance to socialize with your neighbors while growing your own food and reducing your carbon footprint. It’s an experience shared by many KB homeowners in California. You’ll find community gardens and orchards in the master-planned Springtime at Harvest, in Upland. Likewise, the San Francisco Bay Area is home to Bridgepoint at Patterson Ranch in Fremont, a new community that features urban farm park-inspired amenities, including a working barn, farmhouse, vegetable garden, and orchards. And in Dublin, you’ll discover an organic community garden in KB Home’s Riverton at Wallis Ranch.
Move Over, Veggies
Your garden doesn’t have to grow something from one of the four main food groups. Flowers, plants, and herbs will also color your life green. Here are some of the best alternatives to a vegetable garden:
- Plants. Some indoor plant ideas for spaces that don’t get much direct sunlight include Spider plants, Philodendrons, Dracaena, and air purifier plants like Mother-in-law’s Tongue (known as a Snake plant, and Peace Lily.
- Flowering Plants. Some of the easiest flowers to grow are Sunflowers, Zinnias, Marigolds, and Snapdragons. Also, these flowers will grow with little sunlight, in case you’re considering an indoor garden or your yard gets a lot of shade: Lilies of the Valley, Violas, and Tuberous Begonias.
- Herbs. Among those herbs easiest to grow indoors are Chives, Mint, Parsley, Thyme, and Oregano. Herbs work well for container and windowsill gardening.
- Succulents. You’ll find cacti in the succulent family. These plants are known to require little water and sunlight so they’re a perfect choice for the novice gardener or anyone who appreciates a low-maintenance plant.
Never underestimate the power of a garden to turn a house into a home. And if you’re in the market for a new home, check out kbhome.com for a list of new communities available near you.