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Plant a garden with whatever you please

In the traditional sense, a garden is a plot of ground where flowers, shrubs, vegetables, fruits or herbs are cultivated. But they can be nontraditional, a plot of "something" that can "grow" just about anything. You get to choose what you want to plant. • Here are a few creative ways for you to get your garden on this season, and get you thinking about all the different things that you, too, can cultivate in your own way. Scripps Howard News Service

Table garden: Pot up old-time gelatin molds or Bundt pans with edible flowers and herbs and set them over the umbrella opening on your patio table. Your umbrella will then slip right through the center of your garden and you can enjoy freshly picked garnishes, tableside.

Idea garden: These are plots of paper where ideas are cultivated. Plant your ideas regularly in a journal or sketchbook. They say that if an idea isn't captured within the first 10 minutes, it is likely to be lost forever. Capture them, nurture them and watch them grow and develop.

Rock garden: You choose whether you plant rocks that are natural, painted or both. Rock gardens are beautiful displays that can be enjoyed year-round. Experiment with stone-stacking as a meditative exercise. Carve out a designated area where you can plant yourself and your rocks. Then, sit back and enjoy.

Water garden: Water features are a beautiful addition to any home, indoors or out. Simply gather up a watertight container and plant it up with a small fountain pump in the bottom or other decorative features, such as easy-to-manage water plants. Maybe add a goldfish or two, space permitting.

Children's garden: Encourage the children in your life to tend to the growth of something. Carve out a small plot that they can manage entirely on their own. Teach them how to work the soil and plant things they like. Let them nurture it and watch their little minds (and plants) bloom.

Art garden: Plant up areas in the yard with artful treasures, such as rusty metal blooms, sculptures, stepping-stones, birdhouses and more. An art garden is low-maintenance, inspirational and another colorful example of a garden that can be enjoyed year-round.

Other gardens: The traditional flower, vegetable, fruit and herb gardens go without saying, but what you can do is think of what you plant in more versatile ways. Grow a cutting garden so you can use fresh flowers to brighten everyone's day, including your own, all summer long. Growing your own edibles is incredibly good for your health in more ways than one. Plant things you can preserve and enjoy long after the growing season.

Plant a garden with whatever you please 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:31am]

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