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The Gemini Garden: Meant for Late Spring or Early Summer
A Gemini garden should have lots of green flora, plenty of places to sit and think, and indigenous plants. The Gemini garden is wild, uninhibited, abstract, and beautiful.
- Incorporate late spring plants in your garden. You want peak blooms in May and June.
- The garden should have maze elements.
- There should be plenty of trees and shade cover.
- Get inspiration from books: The Secret Garden or Alice in Wonderland.
The Gemini garden is meant to amaze. It should inspire thoughts, creativity, and a sense of peace. Gemini is the last sign before summer, so it should be bold in many ways. You want big flowers, thick trees, and a rainbow of color.
Perks of a Gemini Garden
The Gemini garden should be busy. It should be wild, unpredictable, full of leaves, and a blast of green. The third sign of the zodiac has wanderlust, so their garden should feel like an exotic escape. Maybe you mix in themes from rainforests or botanical gardens. You should have plenty of space to walk around and think. Gemini wants to play, not work all day.
- Opt for plants that are low maintenance.
- Gemini is big on fruits, trees, and idiosyncratic flowers. My favorite flora for Gemini: the parrot tulip.
- Add serpentine paths. You want paths that are unpredictable and swirling. Leave the straight paths for people who are more tidy.
- Setup your fruits and veggies in fun patterns.
Alice in Wonderland
I think a Gemini garden would do wonders to follow the White Rabbit's lead. Add whimsical furniture, a table under a fruit tree, a courtyard for playing croquet, and bigger than life rosebushes.
The Gemini outdoor space is meant for drinking tea, smoking hookah, and getting a slight buzz from white wine. Add items that inspire the imagination: giant mushrooms, clocks, tea cups, hedges cut into wild shapes, and mazes made out of flora.
Add statues of Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter. Have plenty of shade where you can take a nap.
Tall flowers, tall shrubs, tall mushrooms. The Gemini garden doesn't just go wide. It stretches to the heavens! Add walls and pergola. Add places for vines to climb. Add tall statues. You get the idea.
When it comes to trees: Gemini is the king of fruit. If you want your garden to have late spring and early summer vibes, I recommend planting fruit trees. This will take more research and time, but it will make your yard feel more alive.
There is nothing quite like growing fresh fruit. Citrus is often associated with spring, so don't skip the lemon, orange, lime, and grapefruit.
Vines = vertical movement. Those flowering vines will need extra attention. They can get out of control, so make sure you manage all the mischief. (Granted, Gemini does like a little bit of mischief.)
The third sign of the zodiac doesn't want everything to be orderly and manicured. Gemini would be fine with some tall prairie grass or other indigenous features.
Add arches, doors, and columns for a vertical feel. Long, tall, and slim are the way of the twin sign. A garden gate is also your chance to build up the excitement before people step into your world of hidden flora.
Add Water Elements
For a Gemini garden, I would consider how you could add a waterfall. You might be able to do this with a pond. Bridges are another feature that wow people.
Fountains are a welcome site. Big ones work well if you have the space. Fountains add charm, romanticism, and a place to think. Place a bench near the fountain.
If you have a creek or river, add stones into it. It's nice to hop from one stone to the next, which is very playful and exciting for children.
The Gemini garden is meant to enchant. The third sign of the zodiac is childlike at heart. Creating a fairy garden or fairy elements in your yard can be a fun activity with children.
- Add miniature gates, tiny house, little stone features, and other trinkets.
- First pick the space where you want the fairy garden, add soil and texture. Add the fairy items last, so they don't get as dirty. Be careful not to mix different materials, like sand.
- Add gnomes and fake mushrooms.
- Come up with tales and lore for your fairy garden.
Change up the fairy garden every once in awhile to give it personality and a story. It's also good to tend this area as it can get overgrown or faded. You want charming features that look inviting for imaginary guests. You don't want a neglected fairy space.
This trick is popular in Japan, where it originated. Kokedama is the process of growing a plant without a pot. The roots are wrapped together with mud and clay, wrapped in moss, and bound with twine.
These are easy to make. They add some enchantment to your yard. They're also easy to maintain.
Rainbow of Color
Your base color for Gemini is green. From there, add items in just about every color. You want it to look like every color feels welcome in your yard. Spring is about colors, liveliness, and variety.
- Pick flowers with fun shapes, different colors, and varying sizes.
- Pick fruits and veggies in all the colors of the rainbow from passionate red to majestic purple. (Strawberries, carrots, lemons, asparagus, blueberries, eggplants.)
- With furniture, don't stick to one color. Theme different parts of your yard around different colors.
- Avoid earth tones and keeping your yard looking neutral. Leave that for Virgo and Capricorn.
- You want a sea of petals and leaves in vibrant colors during the spring months.
Different levels help to zone areas. Steps help create focal points. It helps to create a sense of a journey and experience. You could have a patio on one level, and then stairs that lead into your floral garden. You want your garden to fill every line of vision. Levels can also help create a romanticism.
Design for Introspection and Guests
Gemini likes to think and talk. You should have plenty of room where people can gather, play games, eat food, and chat. You should also have space in your garden where you can hide and be introspective. The garden should be a place that inspires you: it makes you want to write stories, it makes you want to paint.
- Get a long table for guests.
- Add yard games like cornhole.
- Allow people to pick their own fruit.
- Sell flowers and plants.
- Add lights so that you can stay in the yard late at night.
- Add items to repel bugs, particularly mosquitoes and ticks.
The Victorian Era
Gemini can take from Victorian Era aesthetics: stone features, terracotta paths, gas lamps, tall glass greenhouses, an aviary, and geometric patterns.
The Victorian Era embodied many of the ideals of Gemini. It was a time of intellectual growth, innovation and invention, and making gardens showy rather than just background scenery.
The Victorian Era introduced lawn technology to make it easier to tame flora. This was a time when you could think bold about your garden.
Fruits and Veggies in Season
The Gemini garden should be lovely and inviting all year long. The biggest season to focus on would be late spring into early summer. You want fruits and vegetables that are in season for May and June. This will help you to come into better understanding of the astrological sign Gemini and will serve as a good base for your garden.
The following are fruits and vegetables that are commonly in season during that time. You may have to adjust what you plant depending on your area. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you would be looking more at fall crops. In this hub, we're going to focus on the Northern Hemisphere.
Right off the bat you'll notice that Gemini is the king of fruits. Fruits are more associated with spring whereas vegetables are more associated with autumn.
20 Fruits & Veggies
Apricots: round, orange, and juicy. Plant the trees in early spring when the soil can be worked. Plant balled-and-burlapped or container grown trees in spring or early summer before it gets too hot. Dry weather doesn't bode well for apricots.
- It is the first fruit to bloom in spring and the earliest to harvest in summer.
- Apricots like moderately cold winters but not late freezes.
- Apricots crave sunshine.
- The trees bear fruit three to four years after planting.
Artichokes: a perfect Gemini item: it looks like a green brain. You want to think carefully about where you plant the seeds. They'll grow in that spot for up to five or six years. The seeds should be four feet apart in an area with full sun to partial shade and nutrient-rich, loamy soil.
- Artichokes are best planted in damp weather.
- They do well in cool summer temperatures and mild winters.
- It takes at least 90 days for artichoke plants to produce.
- Total growing time may be up to 180 days before the initial harvest.
Asparagus: the popular green's folk name is: sparrow grass. Plant crowns in early spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. It's a good time to plant these about the same time as potatoes. Asparagus is usually grown from one-year-old crowns, but it can be grown from seeds.
- Dig a trench about a foot deep and a foot wide. The crowns should be planted at 18" intervals in the bed.
- Add a generous amount of compost and a cup of all-purpose, organic fertilizer.
- Asparagus likes the sun. Plant on the west or the north side of the garden, so the tall plants won't shade other vegetables in summer.
Blueberries: you could also go with cranberries, bilberries, or huckleberries. With blueberries, avoid planting around trees. Space plants about 3 feet away from each other. Plant young bushes in late April or early May. Dig holes large enough so that the roots are deep enough. You want to cover those roots with three to five inches of soil.
- Select a sunny location with well-drained soil.
- Plant the blueberries where water is readily available, so the roots stay moist throughout the growing season.
- Blueberry bushes live 40 to 50 years.
- You can use coffee grounds in the soil to help nourish the blueberries. (Azaleas and blueberries like the acidity of coffee grounds.)
Cantaloupe: also referred to as: rockmelon, sweet melon, or spanspek. Plant the seeds in an area where they'll get plenty of sun and well drained soil. Cantaloupe plants need about 85 days to mature. Sow seeds only when temperatures stay above 50 to 60 degrees F.
- Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 18 inches apart. They should be planted in mounds.
- Cantaloupe grows best in warm to hot weather.
- One plant will produce about 8 cantaloupes.
- These melons are sprawlers. Give them ample room.
Cherries: red fruit perfect for making pies. Plant cherries when the ground is soft and moist. Cherries should be planted in a sunny spot. They need good air circulation. Avoid planting in spots that are too shady. It takes cherry trees about three to five years to produce fruit.
- You can grow cherries at home using pits from store bought cherries, but it will likely take longer than if you use pits from cherries grown locally or from a farmer's market. Local cherry pits have better results.
- Your soil needs to be fertile.
- The sweet variety should be planted in pairs for proper cherry tree pollination.
Corn: plant corn in several rows, not in one or two long rows. This plant is ideal for a Gemini garden with ample space. Corn can translate into mazes, something that would delight the Gemini's imagination.
- Seeds should be planted about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart.
- After the plants are up: thin them to 1 foot apart.
- The optimum planting dates are from late March to the first week in May.
- Don't plant corn near tomatoes, a common enemy. (It will attract corn earworm and the tomato hornworm.)
Kiwi: a tart green fruit perfect for salads and desserts. It takes about three to four years for kiwi plants to produce fruit. Plant one male vine for every eight or nine female vines. Kiwis are dioecious: male and female flowers are born on separate plants.
- Plant in partial shade to full sun.
- Plant in well-drained, fertile soil.
- Avoid frost pockets.
- Kiwifruit will grow best in a warm, sheltered spot.
Lettuce: plant ten seeds per foot. Space your rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Lettuce is a cool weather crop best grown in spring or fall. Ideal germination is between 60 and 65 F.
- Lettuce needs about six to eight hours of direct sunlight.
- Water the plants twice a week.
- Lettuce is ready to be harvested when the leaves are about three to six inches long.
Mangoes: sometimes called the king of fruits. It's a perfect ingredient for smoothies. From seed to fruit-producing-tree it takes about five to eight years to grow. You need to really have a long term plan if you want mangoes in your garden. The tree itself is fairly fast-growing. It can grow from seed to a small tree in about four years.
- Mangoes prefer low rainfall, low relative humidity while flowering.
- The fruit does well with warm to hot temperatures.
- The trees grow best in deep, well drained soil that is slightly acidic.
- Mangoes tolerate dry conditions and moderate salinity.
- The further away you are from the equator, the harder it will be to nurture mangoes.
Okra: best served fried, in my opinion. Plant okra two to three weeks after the last frost. The okra seeds should be about 1 inch deep and 2 inches away from each other in a row. Before planting: soak the seeds overnight to encourage germination.
- Okra can grow in a variety of soil types.
- The veggie thrives in heat and sunshine.
- Regular watering is necessary.
- One plant can produce 20-30+ pods.
Peaches: make sure to choose a peach variety that grows in your climate. Peaches love sunshine. Pits will grow with little intervention from you. The seeds should be 3 inches deep. Plant about a month before the last frost. Winter temperatures will allow the embryo to mature. The seed will germinate in spring.
- It takes peach trees about three to four years to grow fruit.
- Purchase a young tree from a local nursery to speed up the process.
- Most peach trees are self-fertile: you can plant one tree for fruit production.
Pineapples: the tropical yellow fruit is everything Gemini: jagged exterior, amusing green top, and a unique flavor. These plants do not fruit more than once. You need to root a pineapple crown. First, buy fresh pineapple. Then slice off its crown. Remove the leaves and stalk and allow the stalk to dry for one to two days. Plant it in warm water, keep watering it, wait for pineapple to root. Repot it.
- They need ample space. About 5 feet between plants if growing in the ground, three to five feet if in pots.
- Give them all the sunlight they crave.
- Pineapples are good in greenhouses.
- The tropical fruit loves coffee grounds.
- Pineapples are actually multiple berries that have fused together. It is a collective fruit.
Radishes: throw the seeds onto the ground and cover them with handfuls of dirt. Water and watch them grow. Pretty easy, right?
- Radishes should be in shallow soil.
- Plant larger varieties deeper, like an inch or more into the soil.
- Radishes take about 20 to 70 days to grow.
- Plant radishes during the shorter days of spring or fall.
Rhubarb: fleshy, edible stalks. Plant in moist soil in a spot where it can get some protection from the hot afternoon sun. Rhubarb doesn't do well in a soggy location. That will be a recipe for root rot. Rhubarb crowns are best planted in spring or fall.
- Avoid frozen, waterlogged, or drought conditions.
- Don't plant near legumes: it attracts the tarnished plant bug. Dock weed is another no-no.
- Feed the plants balanced fertilizer.
Spring Peas: as soon as the ground thaws, the peas are ready to go in the ground. Plan to sow seeds outdoors about four to six weeks before your last spring frost date. They're best to plant from March to June.
- Some hardy, maturing cultivars can be sown in late autumn for overwintering.
- Don't plant peas around: onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives.
- Soak them overnight in warm water. This will help them germinate.
Strawberries: once the frost season has ended, strawberries are good to go for planting. March or April are both ideal months. You want those berries to get plenty of sunshine.
- The fruit likes morning sunshine with partial shade during the afternoon.
- Soil should have ideal drainage.
- These plants are sensitive. Don't plant near: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, melons, peppers, roses, mint, and okra. They can contribute to deadly strawberry diseases.
- Strawberries should be planted 8 to 12 inches apart.
Swiss Chard: a green leafy vegetable with large leaf stalks. Plant two to three weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds about an inch deep and 2 to 6 inches apart. Chard seeds produce more than one plant. Thinning is necessary.
- Swiss chard does well in rich, well-drained soil in full sunlight or a slight amount of shade.
- It grows well in hot temperatures and tolerates the cold. It will die if temperatures drop below 15 degrees F.
- You can grow these in pots.
Watermelon: the highly desirable summer fruit needs a long growing season, at least 80 days. It does well with warm ground. Soil should be 70 degrees F or warmer at planting time. Sow seeds 1 inch deep. Keep well watered until germination.
- Each vine produces about two to four watermelons.
- The fruit thrives with full sunlight. It needs that heat to develop sugars.
- They need about 1 to 2 inches of water weekly.
Zucchini: the plant needs moist soil, sunlight, and room to sprawl. Zucchini grows on vines. It will require a trellis or extra space. There are also bush types that may make it easier to garden.
- It cannot tolerate frost or freezing temperatures. Plant in early summer / 70 degree F and up.
- Don't plant next to potatoes and fennel.
- Zucchini does grow well next to tomatoes.
10 Flowers to Grow in Late Spring
Rule of thumb for Gemini: if a flower belongs in an Alice in Wonderland movie, it likely will work in your garden. The classic children's story is a blast of Gemini energy.
1. Crocus: the dainty flower pushes through the snow to bring back some color into the world. Plant the perennial flora in fall for an early spring delight. Blooms come in a variety of colors: pink, red, orange, yellow, purple, and blue. The flowers are fragrant and lure bees out of their hives beginning in February or March.
Crocus bulbs spread and come back yearly. They require minimum effort on your part. Deer, squirrels, and rabbits don't bother with them. You can plant these almost anywhere, but avoid spots that are too shady. Plant crocus corms six to eight weeks before a hard frost when the soil is cool.
2. Pansy: planting pansies: it sounds like the title of a poetry book. The flowers do well in a Gemini garden because they offer color, and they look like they have smiling faces.
Pansies are edible. The blossoms grow about 1 to 4 inches. Pansies can grow short and compact, or in waves up to two feet wide.
Pansies flourish during cool nights and warm days of spring and fall. They grow well in places that have moderate winters. Frosts and freezes stop the blooms. Pansies do well around mums in the fall, and tulips and daffodils in the spring. Plant pansies when you plant your earliest spring veggies.
3. Oriental Poppies: a perennial flowering plant native to the Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, and northern Iran. The poppies grow in a mound of leaves that are hairy in spring. The flowers bloom in mid-summer. The flowers have a unique look, and Gemini is all about the more idiosyncratic flowers.
The flowers worship the sun. They grow well in fertile soil that's well-drained. It's advised that you dig a decent hole for your transplant. It has a taproot. Add compost after you dig the hole. Plant the flowers a couple of feet apart.
4. Hellebore: a staple spring flower. The Eurasian genus Helleborus includes some 20 species of herbaceous and evergreen perennial flora plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae.
The plants are best suited in partial shade. Hellebore should be planted in rich, moist, and well-drained soil.
You can plant these anytime of year. It's most convenient to plant in late winter to early spring. For your soil: add copious amounts of organic matter.
5. Anemone: plant the bulbs in June or July. The flowering period is around March and April. When the temperature drops below freezing, cover the plants with a layer of frost cloth.
Anemone corms are planted 6 inches apart, with five rows per bed. The flowers will come back annually as long as they're nurtured. Anemones differ on whether they like the sun or shade. Do research carefully.
6. Lilac: the popular flowers will grow with six to eight hours a day of sunlight. If the flowers have too much shade, they might not grow. Lilacs thrive in well-drained soil that's moist and slightly alkaline. Grass clippings and coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, use sparingly in compost.
The flowers can be planted in spring once the ground has thawed. Lilac shrubs reproduce by seeds. They grow new plants from suckers.
7. Parrot Tulips: the frilly petal happy flowers are a major plus in a Gemini garden. They bloom mid to late spring. The bulbs need plenty of sunlight and fertile soil. Protect the flowers from harsh wind: these flowers are somewhat fragile.
These gorgeous and colorful flowers are a standout in the perennial garden. They pair well with hostas and other groundcovers.
8. Common Bluebell: easy to grow and will spread wildly if not contained. Bluebells like partial sunlight and shade. Too much sun is bad. The flowers grow well in moist, well-drained soil. Dryness is the bluebells' enemy.
Plant around trees and underneath shrubs. The cool conditions help the flowers. They rarely need watering unless there is a dry spell. Allow the foliage to die naturally. It is a good idea to remove the faded flower spikes before they set seed, otherwise the flora will self-seed and spread.
9. Jacob's Ladder: the flora begins blooming in mid-spring. It sometimes continues into summer. These plants are easy to grow from seed, and they will self-seed. These perennials prefer a shady to semi-shady spot. The leaves scorch with too much heat or sunlight.
Plant the flowers in rich, organic soil. The flora craves moisture, but don't over water and make things soggy. The flowers are native to meadowland, woodlands, and grasslands.
10. Lily of the Valley: these flowers are the magnum opus of flowers in the popular video game Animal Crossing. Perhaps your kids play it.
The nodding white flowers face downward. The moisture loving plants should be planted by late fall. The blossoms will appear in mid-spring.
It takes awhile to establish these flowers in your garden. They may not blossom in the first year. New cultivars of lily of the valley don't spread as much as ones your grandmother likely planted. Convallaria majalis 'Rosea' is great under shrubs and trees.
Be careful with lily of the valleys. Certain types can be invasive and hard to remove. Do extensive research.
Plants that Like Coffee Grounds
Coffee helps perk up some plants. Fresh coffee grounds haven't been used to make coffee yet. Used coffee grounds are the leftover remnants from your brew.
Fresh coffee grounds are too acidic: don't use them on plants. Use the grounds that have been processed. Make a cup of coffee, save the remnants.
Nitrogen and potassium are two nutrients left in the brew. The acidity is welcome for some flowers, fruits, and veggies. But use coffee grounds in moderation, don't go hog wild.
- Elephant ear
- Lily of the valley
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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