Keeping your corner of the world looking beautiful

Welcome from Kelly Kramer ... the gardener behind Down to Earth Gardening

What does gardening mean to you?

Gardens can inspire, teach, heal, renew, feed, and beautify our world. Perhaps your garden is a space around your patio where you can relax after a long day. Or it is a vegetable garden providing different kinds of produce throughout the season. A garden can be several containers on a balcony filled with blooming flowers or fresh herbs. Or it can be a large yard with plenty of grass, shrubs, and trees.

A garden means different things to different people. For some it’s a space for relaxation and entertaining; for others it’s a veggie garden. Others just want good curb appeal or eye catching containers by the front door. Your garden should fit your lifestyle and give you a sense of place.

Many people are unable, don’t have time, or lack the knowledge to garden. Knowing what to plant, when to plant, and how to care for plants can sometimes be confusing. If you don’t keep up with regular maintenance, like weeding, a garden can quickly get out of hand, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. At times you may feel like throwing in the trowel!

Where to start?

Here’s where I come in. I can help you clean up, organize, and renovate your garden beds. A good weeding job and mulching does wonders for a garden bed! Sometimes that’s all it needs. Other times plants need to be moved due to construction or changes in environment (for example, after a tree removal the shade plants are now in full sun). I also try to dig and divide and reuse perennials wherever possible in the landscape. When your gardens are weeded and cleaned up is easier to relax and start enjoying nature in your little corner of the world.

Let’s leave the earth better than we found it

Being organic is a hot topic these days. There is no doubt that organic gardening practices are much better for people, pets, and wildlife. I like the term "eco friendly" and believe using eco friendly practices is the best way to take care of our planet. It’s working with nature rather than against it. For me organic gardening means pulling weeds by hand, mulching, using compost, following correct watering techniques, encouraging beneficial insects and plants, and when necessary using products like insecticidal soap.

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