How to Create a Sustainable Garden

How to Create a Sustainable Garden

Sustainable Garden - Choosing and Marking Borders

Sustainable Garden - Choosing and Marking Borders

Sustainable Garden - Preparing Borders for Planting

Sustainable Garden - Preparing Borders for Planting

Sustainable Garden - Shrubs and Small Trees

Sustainable Garden - Shrubs and Small Trees

Sustainable Garden - Perennials and Annuals

Sustainable Garden - Perennials and Annuals

Sustainable Garden - Planting a Small Tree

Sustainable Garden - Planting a Small Tree

Sustainable Garden - Clean up and Border Mulching

Sustainable Garden - Clean up and Border Mulching

Sustainable Garden - General Pruning Tips

Sustainable Garden - General Pruning Tips

Sustainable Garden Maintenance during the Gardening Season

Sustainable Garden Maintenance during the Gardening Season

Obtaining Information on Sustainable Gardening

Obtaining Information on Sustainable Gardening

Obtaining Information on Sustainable Gardening

Obtaining Information on Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable Garden Maintenance during the Gardening Season

Sustainable Garden Maintenance during the Gardening Season

Sustainable Garden - General Pruning Tips

Sustainable Garden - General Pruning Tips

Sustainable Garden - Clean up and Border Mulching

Sustainable Garden - Clean up and Border Mulching

Sustainable Garden - Planting a Small Tree

Sustainable Garden - Planting a Small Tree

Sustainable Garden - Perennials and Annuals

Sustainable Garden - Perennials and Annuals

Sustainable Garden - Shrubs and Small Trees

Sustainable Garden - Shrubs and Small Trees

Sustainable Garden - Preparing Borders for Planting

Sustainable Garden - Preparing Borders for Planting

Sustainable Garden - Choosing and Marking Borders

Sustainable Garden - Choosing and Marking Borders

How to Create a Sustainable Garden

How to Create a Sustainable Garden

Palafox Market Makes a Difference with Local Farmers

Palafox Market Makes a Difference with Local Farmers

How To Build A Cold Frame

How To Build A Cold Frame

How To Prune A Crepe Myrtle

How To Prune A Crepe Myrtle

Volunteer In A Garden To Make A Difference

Volunteer In A Garden To Make A Difference

Make Garden Sustainability A Goal

Make Garden Sustainability A Goal

How To Plant A Tree

How To Plant A Tree

How To Pot Container Herbs

How To Pot Container Herbs

Attract Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

Attract Pollinators & Beneficial Insects

How To Find Online Gardening Resources

How To Find Online Gardening Resources

Understanding USDA Updates To Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Understanding USDA Updates To Plant Hardiness Zone Map

How To Repurpose Items For Garden Decor

How To Repurpose Items For Garden Decor

How To Start Tomato Seeds

How To Start Tomato Seeds

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Susan Harris

www.sustainable-gardening.com  

Master Gardener Susan Harris is a gardening coach and writer. Visit her website for plant recommendations, guides to composting and mulching, Tips with Teeth, embellishments on her Monkey See videos, and much more.  Susan writes the award-winning team blog GardenRant.com with her three partners, her own blog, Takoma Gardener, and a gardening column in two Maryland newspapers. In her spare time she's an activist for urban and suburban greening in the Washington, D.C. area.

How to Create a Sustainable Garden

Expert gardener Susan Harris demonstrates how to create a sustainable garden.

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Hello and welcome to my garden. I am Susan Harris. I am the Master Gardener. I am also a gardening coach that means that I teach gardening one-on-one in people's gardens. I am also a gardening writer and you can see links to a lot of my writing on the web. In this video, I am going to teach you how to create and take care of what I call a sustainable garden that means that it's environmentally-friendly but it's also low maintenance and easy on the budget. So, it sustains not just the environment but the gardener. This video is for do-it-yourselfers who want to create some beauty around their homes and also make a positive contribution to their environment. The style of gardening I am going to be showing you how to create is called mixed borders. It's very naturalistic. It takes its cues from the nature without trying to copy nature. Mixed borders actually emulate the way a forest will transition into a meadow where you have the tallest plants at the back, the tress or in this case, large shrub, medium size and then the smaller plants at the front and then I am going to show you how to choose plants that will have the most impact for the least amount of work and that will also be easy on your budget. These plants will help you create a lush beautiful garden that you will enjoy all year long. In the next clip, I am going to cover how to create the shape of your mixed border for your garden.