Heather Staas wrote:
because you never know when life changes, I try to keep it attractive and in "sellable" condition most of the time...
Tim Kivi wrote:
Because small trees are densely planted I can’t really plant vines on the fence because of root competition.
Bren Doyle wrote:I want to cut down on mowing by making a potager garden right outside the back door and a natural native island "meadow" in the back of the property. I have limited composing materials -basically the neighbors 8 pine trees dropping needles in my yard. I have a blank canvas-help!...Where do I start?
Tim Kivi wrote:
Or if that’s too unsightly, just layer with cardboard and have a bulk delivery of compost delivered to your future garden spot.
Heather Staas wrote:I had GREAT success with chipdrop, and had them delivered to my work parking lot. But I got 2x what I needed, lol.
Tim Kivi wrote:Great thread!
If anyone has solutions let me know!
Samuel Mcloughlin wrote:
Cut down an old scabby apple tree that fell over and a few laurel bushes that were choking the front of the shed and stuffed them between some conifers at the back of the garden to create a dense dead wood habitat.
Built a compost bin from pallets and old metal brackets, which I've been filling with vegetable scraps from the restaurant where I work (one rucksack full at a time ) and dead leaves. Added a second bay but that's storing stuff to be taken to the tip left by the last tenant right now.
Really looking forward to next year when it warms up again so I can make more progress. Plans for next year are to build and fill the beds, knock down the small wall and turf one side and slab the other, get rid of the rusty chiminea and build a bonfire/BBQ pit from reclaimed brick, chop down the apple tree and the pear tree on the right hand side near the compost bins (they didn't produce well and are scabby and old, I'm keeping the damson tree and cherry tree), etc etc etc... Big plans.
Kali Hermitage wrote:Hi Tim, I do!
Looking at all your concrete, I'd put in a series of self watering horse troughs if I were you. I went to a big organic farm up in Idaho, and the owner had a greenhouse full of them sitting on concrete, and I have never seen such beautiful plants.
Samuel Mcloughlin wrote:Hi Anita. Personally I don't know about the laurels and conifers, but they both seem very popular around here and I don't know why... The way that conifers kill the soil underneath them has defeated my original plan for succulent beds at the bottom of the garden, but it's okay cause the problem is the solution and I decided to leave it as a far zone wild habitat sort of area, and that solved the issue of where to pile up dead wood so...
Wanting to preserve as much of this garden but for those trees I'm taking out, they will be replaced with something valuable to the garden and a longer term asset I'm thinking a dwarf pomegranate or persimmon and perhaps some blackberry's in large pots (biodynamic heirloom seedlings started already for the blackberry).
Daniel Ackerman wrote:My main garden along the front porch has finally flooped over, although the asparagus and hardscaping still provide some visual structure. I’m thinking about popping in some of those purple ornamental cabbages at intervals. Might be a little late to put them in here, as it’s below freezing at night sometimes, but that means they should be cheap at the greenhouses, right?
Daniel Ackerman wrote:
Inge, that looks amazing. I wonder, could you provide a closeup of your mini pond? I’ve been trying to figure out some small water features.
Still loving this thread!
Heather Staas wrote:Inge, I love those photos! That mullein on the corner of the bed is just perfect too.
Samuel Mcloughlin wrote:Moved into a new house about 6 months ago. Midlands England.