Trending on the garden scene for 2014
As we usher in a new year, the recent garden trends report from Garden Media unveils a fresh take on what to expect for gardening in 2014. Many of us are already ahead of the curve with some of these trends, while others might come as a surprise. But here’s what’s in store:
If Santa brought you one of a fancy-schmancy smartphones or nifty tablets, here’s a handy list of garden apps (compliments of the National Garden Bureau) you just might want to check out.
• Garden Compass: The Garden Compass App allows you to take a photo of a plant, disease or pest and submit it to a team of Garden Advisors who will identify it for you, as well as provide you with specific product recommendations to resolve any problems you may have. FREE
• Garden Time Planner: This planning tool helps gardeners know when to sow, transplant and expect to harvest vegetables and herbs specific to their region. A recent addition is that the app now includes annual flowers in the database of plant listings. FREE
• Garden Minder: This all-in-one app has options for creating and designing a garden or using a preplanned template, best used for vegetables and other edibles in raised beds. An A to Z listing of vegetables includes directions on each crop and how to grow them. FREE
• Leafsnap: Leafsnap, an app created by researchers from Columbia University, University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Insitiution, allows users to take a picture of a leaf then use the app to help identify the species. FREE
• Plant Diagnostic Sample Submission; This app allows users to submit digital photos to a university diagnostic lab for identification of plant diseases or pests. FREE
• Our Rose Garden: A smartphone app specifically for rose lovers, Our Rose Garden features information about roses, how to plant and prune them as well as how to overwinter your favorites. Created by the University of Illinois Extension, this app also includes a gallery to track favorite roses and includes several videos about rose care.
1. Ground Up: Recycling food scraps and creating compost is the new recycling. Some products make it easy to pre-compost right on the kitchen counter.
2. Super Foods, Super Models: Edibles are going to the next level with foodies growing everything from quinoa to goji berries to dandelions in straw bales and keyhole gardens.
3. Drink Your Garden: People are drinking their gardens using such super foods from their gardens, like blueberries and raspberries to craft cocktails and green smoothies. "Fermentation gardens are the new chickens," says Rebecca Reed of Southern Living. People are growing hops for home-brewing, grapes for homemade wine.
4. Dress Up Your Yard: From decorative throw pillows to decorative insect traps and shabby-chic mason jar hummingbird feeders, people want their yards to have a personal stamp.
5. Bee-neficials: It's all about the bees this year. Bees are at forefront of environmentally aware consumers' minds, inspiring them to plant native, pollen rich flowers, trees and veggies to provide safe shelters.
6. Cultur-vating: Taking local to the next level, people are growing the world in their gardens, mixing cultures and embracing what is local to their own region.
7. Simple Elegance: Think one color flower in an elegant container, like an eco-chic, hand-cast NativeCast planter.
8. Frac'd Up: Neat clean lines are out as explosions of color in fractional shapes like triangles, circles and squares dominate design.
9. Young Men Get Down and Dirty: Big surprise here: young men 18-34 are spending $100 more than the average gardener. They are grilling, growing their own hops for beer, and taking the kids out to play in the dirt.
10. Think Gardens: Plants make us smarter, more productive and less stressed and are showing up in offices, schools and hospitals across the country.
11. Fingertip Gardens: Gardens go high tech with mobile apps and technology, like a Virtual Container Designer app.
12. Tree-mendous Reversal: Losing more than 4 million urban trees a year, Americans are being asked to plant trees. There are many environmental, economical, and emotional benefits of trees. Plant a tree — or care for one you have — this year and be part of this growing trend.
Whether you are already with it in the trends department, or just catching up, there’s always plenty to look forward to when it comes to gardening.
Lynette L. Walther is the recipient of the Garden Writers Association’s Silver Award of Achievement, and she gardens in Camden. Got questions, or comments? Visit her blog, and join in the conversation at: gardeningonthego.wordpress.com or ”friend” her on Facebook to see what’s new in the garden day-by-day.