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Naples Gardening in Small Spaces

Read this recent article by Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff in the March 2012 edition of Natural Awakenings about gardening in small spaces.
Great Green Spaces

Think Outside the Plot for an Appealing, Productive Garden

by Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff

Many individuals and newbie gardeners are surprised to learn that colorful vegetables and herbs can be ornamental, and look far better occupying a living space than stacked in the produce aisle. Paying homage to the deep purple color of a cabbage or the patterned veins of Swiss chard leaves and other textured plants gives indoor and outdoor living spaces a completely different appeal, as well as a forever-changing landscape. Try these ideas for creating gardens that are edible and attractive.

Window Gardens

Herbs on a kitchen windowsill are beautiful and functional. Grow them in small planters, teacups and old glassware, but be careful not to overwater if the containers lack drainage holes.

Container Gardens

Stack or group container gardens by plant colors or types of herbs and vegetables. Use them as space dividers to separate large areas such as a common living and dining room or to define an outdoor dining area by the pool.

Green Walls

Fill green wall planters with herbs or small blooming or hanging plants to turn an unsightly space into a work of art. Freestanding or installed on a building’s structure, with or without an irrigation system, they can be used as privacy screens or on fences between properties.

Vertical Gardens

Use a trellis inside containers for climbing vegetables; shade a sunlit wall with a fruit tree espalier (trellis); or utilize a climbing vine, such as muscadine grapes, for a pergola or arbor. Keep in mind that a single square foot space can hold up to 24 plants with a stackable pot system or grow columns, which are ideal for small growing spaces inside lanais, between homes and in porch rooms.

Edible Lawns

Many ground covers and shrubs such as rosemary and lemongrass are edible and aromatic. Consider thyme and other small-leaf herbs as edgings for walkways. Various colors of lettuces and cabbages can be used as low-tiered plantings. Green vegetables such as broccoli rabe and bok choy have delicate, yellow blossoms that encourage butterflies when allowed to seed.

Stephanie and Ian Orlikoff are the owners of Eco Logic Land Care & Signature Tree Care. Ian is an AOLCP accredited land care professional and ISA Certified Arborist, and both Orlikoffs are Florida certified horticulture professionals. Stephanie is also a Collier County Master Gardener. For more information, call 239-348-1302 or visit

This article appears in the March 2012 issue of SWFL

Eco Logic Land Care at Heartland Gardens, Ft.Myers,Fl.

Ian Orlikoff, Eco Logic Land Care, guest speaker at Heartland Garden, 4/9/11

Ian Orlikoff of Eco Logic Land Care instructed the Heartland Gardens Saturday gardening group on various compost teas and their value in caring for their own wonderful organic vegetable garden in Fort Myers.Fl.

Heartland Gardens, April 9, 2011

Organic Gardening, Naples,Fl., Pelican Marsh School


On November 18,2011 Ian Orlikoff of Eco Logic Land Care was a guest speaker for Mr.Shore’s third and fourth graders at the Pelican Marsh school in Naples, Fl.

The topic was life in a healthy soil system. The students watched videos of micro organisms in healthy soil. They enjoyed looking through Eco Logic’s microscope to see firsthand how alive a drop of compost really is and what it can do for their organic school garden. Many good questions were asked by the students. Ian then toured the garden with school volunteer Kendra Hermans. She  has worked with Ian before  when he had consulted as well as donated labor and materials when the school garden first started.  The school garden has since expanded including a composting system, container gardens, and an edible hedge. What a great job they are doing at Pelican Marsh school educating children on the importance of growing and eating their own organic foods.

Organic Garden Consultation at Pelican Marsh School, Naples,Fl.

Eco Logic Land Care at Pelican Marsh School, Naples,Fl.

Organic Lawn Care, naples,fl.


Read this article written by Eco Logic Land Care in August 2011 on ways to promote healthy lawns without the use of chemicals.

Sustainable lawn care today requires a savvier homeowner, as well as a more discerning service provider. Our future health and that of our environment are impacted by how we take care of our local surroundings. Let change begin with your lawn…….

Do It Yourself Compost

Read this article by Stephanie Orlikoff of Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care, March 2011. Composting can be fun!

Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Plants

Read this article by Ian Orlikoff, March 2011, to improve your landscape’s soil.

Healthier Lawn Care

Read this recent article by Ian Orlikoff on organic and healthier lawn care, August 2011, Natural Awakenings, Collier/Lee edition


Sustainable Landscaping Solutions

We are happy to welcome you to our ‘Sustainable Landscaping Solutions’ blog.

We will be discussing relevant topics by Signature Tree Care & Eco Logic Land Care  in Naples, FL.

Some of our topics include:

  • Florida Friendly Landscapes
  • Insects & Diseases
  • Local Events
  • Organic Gardening
  • Tree & Palm Care

We are sure you will enjoy and benefit from the information we will provide. You will find it all helpful when looking at the overall health of your landscape, trees and palms in your Southwest Florida residence.

Stay tuned!

Ian Orlikoff

Signature Tree Care  ~ Eco Logic Land Care

Naples FL