A friend the other day said that the days of the perfectly manicured lawn are over. In today’s day and age, we’ve abandoned the short-cut grass and meticulously groomed yard for something a bit more worthwhile—albeit messier. These days, it’s about sustainability and usefulness over aesthetic value. But as honorable of a trend as that may be, there are still some who might shed a few tears over the perceived loss of beauty in our newly-sustainable gardening.
But being able to eat what you grow doesn’t necessarily mean a garden or yard is no longer worth looking at, but it can take an exceptional amount of time to maintain a garden that both looks nice and produces veggies and fruit. And for many, the lack of time is just what makes maintaining a picture-perfect lawn impossible. Yet many have a desire to live green and be more self-sustaining. There’s a battle between time and values.
Many of these busy gardeners are discovering something that allows them to hurdle that obstacle. Small vegetable plants that don’t require the constant attention can make for a high-production, low-energy garden. For example, some hybrid corn plants can grow to 5 feet tall in pots and bear ears of sweet corn. The Manny cucumber doesn’t require pollination to grow fruit. Harvest Moon watermelons are seedless, grow to be quite large, and have a short vine. Jasper cherry tomatoes are more hardy than some other tomato plants.
Brazelberries plants allow berry enthusiasts to grow their favorite berries more easily than traditional vine varieties. Dwarf berry plants like Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet blueberries, and (thornless) Rasperry Shortcake raspberries can be planted in pots. There they can flower, grow berries, and be harvested easily.
Another trend we’d love to stay is greener living with gardening. Reusing old items has become more popular in recent years, especially with the popularity of social media sites. People can now easily post pictures of recent or interesting DIY projects that use discarded household items in their gardens. We’ve seen gardens transformed by the artistic use of broken pots, old windows, and other disused items. There’s a focus on using what’s old before buying something new. People are cultivating their own compost, keeping soil healthy, and using fewer chemicals than they used to. That’s a trend worth keeping.