To me, the garden is magical
Annette Shrader introduces us to a gardener who chooses to grow vegetables in raised beds. She began with 8, and it wasn’t long before she had more than doubled that. This garden is so charming, visitors love to linger.
Plants Featured in this Clip
MENTHA spicata (Spearmint)
- Spearmint repels mosquitoes, flies and spiders. As for Joeleen's chickens that ingest it, mint has a calming effect on laying hens. Also, mint naturally lowers body temperatures which can be helpful in keeping a flock cool in the summer.
- Tomato suckers are the growths that appear in the junction between the stem and a branch of a tomato plant (axil). Pruning tomato suckers increases air flow around the plant, reduces plant disease, and speeds fruit ripening.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.