Canadian gardening guru Mark Cullen has been keeping a keen eye on Canadian gardening trends and shares them in his 18th book, "The Canadian Garden Primer: An Organic Approach". Mark helped Steven and Chris build two containers - a cheerful spring container featuring flowering bulbs and a Mediterranean herb container. Good-bye winter, hello sunshine-drenched gardens!
Marks' Top Ten Trends For Spring 2009
1. Environmental water conservation: Use of mulch, water barrels, seeping/weeping hoses etc.
2. Native plants: Use of native plants in the landscape to:
a. Reduce the use of water
b. Reduce maintenance [fewer bugs and diseases]
c. Enhance local insect/bird life [increase natural biodiversity cycles]
3. Gardening in the absence of chemicals: There are many 'off the shelf' low or non-toxic solutions plus many gardening techniques and homegrown remedies that are also safe around children and pets.
4. Gardening in containers: Canadians are 'pushing the envelope' by mixing annuals and perennials together in containers, often adding vegetables and herbs for a practical and decorative touch.
5. Small space gardening: Increased demand for condominiums in urban spaces and new homes that are built on smaller lots has caused a rise in the demand for creative 'small space' garden design and yard plans which serve multiple uses.
6. Dwarf/slow growing plants: evergreens, shrubs and trees.
7. Colour: Demand for annuals and perennials that produce a reliable abundance of colour for the longest possible length of time is on a steep rise.
8. Garden tools that work: Ergonomics and the environment factor large in the search for tools that make gardening chores easy and resourceful. See the new Mark's Choice/Spear and Jackson stainless steel digging tools.
9. Economical approach: Grow your own annuals and vegetables from seed.
10. Invest in your own outdoor retreat: Spend hard earned cash to improve your yard & garden rather than booking costly travel vacations or purchasing a vacation property.
To find out more visit Mark Cullen at: www.markcullen.com