Grow Food for Others:
The first trend, and probably the most important one, is to grow food for others. AmpleHarvest.org and Gardener’s Supply Company (gardeners.com) has teamed up this year for the #GardentoGive pledge and initiative. For those of you that are growing more than you can eat, pickle, or freeze, they have made it easy to drop off excess food at your local pantry.
Local to partners in this program are: Wibaux Food Bank, Marmarth Salvation Army Pantry, Grant County Food Pantry, Community Food Bank (Lemmon), and the Williston Food Bank (other locations in ND and MT can be found at ampleharvest.org).
For those that don’t have any space outside (aka you live in an apartment) incorporating hydroponics into your home is the perfect solution for not having an outdoor garden. Check out: Miracle Grow Aero Garden Ultra grows everything from fresh herbs to salad greens and flowers year-round with this indoor gardening system that grows plants five times faster than soil
$224.94 AeroGarden.com or Walmart
Go back in time this summer with “heirloom seeds” and plant something a little out of the ordinary. Our choices: Atomic Grape Tomatoes, Ancient Handled Watermelon, and Big Horse Spotted Corn. Buy online: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (RareSeeds.com)
Harnessing the Sun
Two of the biggest gardening trends this year include the sun. “A trend we are seeing is the use of Solar Caps on fence posts. They give off a dramatic effect in the evenings.” Says Gary Tolson of Western Fence in Hebron, “Vinyl arbors are also becoming increasingly popular, as they resist the damaging effects of UV rays better than wood products and they are low maintenance.”.
Control Your Garden from Afar:
Underground sprinklers meet the latest technology with innovative WIFI controllers. We talked to Matthew Heinin from Razor Edge Landscaping in Dickinson who said that their clients are absolutely loving that they can “control their watering times with your phone.”.
Local garden stores and flower shops we love:
202 W Main St – Taylor
4411 WEST RIDGE DRIVE – Dickinson
405 32nd Ave West – Williston
Third Avenue Floral Greenhouse
1110 3rd Ave West – Dickinson
3515 West Front Street – Williston
Steve’s Elk River Nursery
763-286-2613 – Serving Watford City