Knecht’s staff are plant people through and through. We love seeing pictures of your gardens, drawing inspiration from your awesome plant choices, and helping you create beautiful outdoor spaces. Gardeners are so good at sharing the joy of plants! In that spirit, we thought it might be fun to share a slice of our own gardens with you.
Garden style: Useful plantings. I like having less area to mow and maintain. My two rain gardens deal with most of the water that comes off of the house and manage water on site.
Approach to pest control: I practice crop rotation to control pests in my vegetable garden and occasionally spray for weeds. The rest of the yard is on its own.
Do you grow food? I grow potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, and occasionally other vines like melons.
Garden style: I like low maintenance plants because I don’t have a lot of time to take care of my gardens. My gardens are planted densely to crowd out the weeds, which saves me time. I love filling out my perennial beds with annuals and containers.
Approach to pest control: Survival of the fittest.
Do you grow food? Yes! I have a huge veggie garden. Broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, and lots of potatoes, tomatoes, and onions.
Gardening style: Right plant, right place. There are plenty of plants that I love, but I like to choose plants that will be happy in my yard because it makes my job easier. I love planting in masses because it makes a bigger impact and looks cleaner.
Approach to pest control: Proper cultural care is my best defense against pests and diseases. Healthy plants hold up better against pests and diseases. I very occasionally treat if I fear for the health of the plant. Again, right plant, right place.
Do you grow food? Absolutely! I love garden fresh vegetables! I grow everything in rusty old water troughs. My staples include beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and I shake up the squash every year. I also grow snap peas that are eaten mostly by the dog!
Garden style: My wife and I picked plants that we love and that remind us of our time spent in prairies during our college years. We wanted to have our own little ecosystem to enjoy and welcome wildlife into our everyday life. We just had a baby and our yard will be an awesome nearby nature for him to explore as he grows up!
Approach to pest control: None other than a beetle bag.
Do you grow food? We don’t grow very many vegetables ourselves but we do steal them from friends.
Garden style: More is more. I’m working on creating a space that is cottage garden beautiful for me and that supports a variety of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife at the same time. I’ve taken out a lot of lawn and I’m about half done. It has been amazing to watch the wildlife move in over the last several years.
Approach to pest control: Let nature sort it out. Attract beneficials with diverse plantings and minimal fall cleanup. Choose resistant plants. Handpick pests like Japanese beetles and cabbage worms.
Do you grow food? Yes! I have a veggie garden that doesn’t get quite enough sun but still grows awesome kohlrabi, beans, carrots, and greens and some passable tomatoes and peppers.