A big sophisticated metro area like Los Angeles can be exciting and very culturally enriching, but when the stress of the city proves to be to much, it's time to get grounded and dig in the dirt! Living near lovely public parks and outstanding showplace gardens like those at the Huntington Library and the LA Arboretum provides inspiration for the simple pleasure of planting something and watching it thrive.
Someday I would love to have a lot of land and a really impressive-looking set of raised beds, but living in a townhouse right now I am restricted to small space patio gardening, and that patio has some limitations for light and space, so I need all the help I can get. The Miracle-Gro Gro Project is a good place to start for anyone in my situation. I recently learned about some fun garden projects like the Toyarium, Ukulele Garden, Origami Garden, G.Y.O.B. or Thrown Down.
You can learn more about the The Gro Project Here,
For my smaller indoor plants I have found it helpful to use the right soil and food. Moisture Control All Purpose Plant Food and Moisture Control Potting Mix keep my plants looking good and minimizes the problems that sometimes happen when I leave the house for days on end (and I admit to occasional good old benign neglect!) that are just part a busy urban lifestyle.
I have found the Miracle-Gro Pinterest page to be a good source of inspiration. Check it out as a forum, and if you have a good tip for others who are new to indoor gardentinghen share your projects with The Gro Project. I'm hopeful for a green summer and blossoming patio all through the fall months.