Been reading this forum for over 1 year. Made the courage to build a mandala garden instead of my lawn and now I want more.
First of all, I am based in Romania, city of Sibiu, which is quite cold (max minus 20 in the winter, plus 35 summer).
I want to get the community involved in two projects this year:
1. Make a small garden with trees and a small raised bed in one of the kindergartens of the town. The backyard is quite big, has some old trees that probably need serious pruning and some old toys.
My questions are:
Is there an online free software that I could sketch the garden and show it to the town administration?
What trees could I use for the back that would create a bit of shadow and not attract too many bees?
What shape of raised bed would be attractive for the kids and what I could plant in it? (would think of some fruits like the berry family to get their attention).
2. There is a huge park in the city and part of it is lacking trees. Most of the trees existing by the walkways are pine trees, which are tall. I know that they create a serious acid soil so I would not know what to suggest to plant near them.
What type of trees could we plant in between the pine trees?
What herbs could we plant to keep away ticks from that area?