You have a significant amount of space at your disposal and are luckily able to branch out and include some variety in your garden. You can set up separate beds for flowers, fruits and vegetables. If you’re starting your garden now, in the springtime, your vegetables will be ripe and ready for harvest throughout the summer and into the fall. You don’t have to start with seeds, either! It could be fun to take a trip to the local nursery and pick up a young tree sapling to nurture and grow into your customized backyard landscape.
If you don’t have the luxury of kneeling in dirt, you can still grow a lovely box garden in a window box or even on a windowsill. The best plants for you to grow in this mini garden are bright and bold flowers like petunias, geraniums and begonias, or something like salvia if you like more subtle blooms. The best flower for a shadier windowsill is impatiens. Since you’re limited on space, if you want to grow something edible, it’s better to stick to herbs you can use in your kitchen or easy-to-regrow vegetables like spring onions and bok choy.
It’s critical to choose non-toxic plants for your garden if you have pets that will be roaming around in it. Common toxic plants for cats and dogs include sago palms, tomatoes, aloe vera, ivy, azaleas, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, gladiolas, amaryllis, American holly and daffodils, among others. Before planting anything in your yard (or placing a potted plant in your home), check online to make sure it won’t upset your pet’s stomach or cause it any harm. Safe choices for people with pets include black eyed susans, African violets, hibiscus, snapdragons, alyssum, zinnia, impatiens and aster.
Use this time as an opportunity to teach your kids about gardening! Engage them by including them in the planting process, and let them have a choice in which plants they want to grow. A smart idea would be to plant something like a fruit tree to teach them responsibility and how to care for something over long periods of time. But you could also have them plant a few fast-growing, low-maintenance flowers like daisies or marigolds to keep them excited and motivated by seeing the results of their efforts.