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What is the easiest and cheapest way to landscape my garden?I have a rented house with a garden of about 100ft.It has large fur trees at in a row at the end, a small patio area by the patio doors about 3 ft depth and on the right has a brick built outbuilding with a small patio area behind it which has broken slabs.I have a 6ft wooden fence on one side and a brick built wall/fence thing on the other, the garden is mainly grass and quite uneven and slopes upwards. The grass area is raised about a foot compared to the patio area by the house.Any ideas on how i can make it look pretty this summer. Hoping to have family and friend round for BBQs.
Also is it ok to have a vegeatble plot? What would i need to do for this?
adminIf you aren’t sure just how many years you’ll be living in this house, the obvious answer is to use pots to grow lots of colorful plants, and veggies, too. Get as many large plastic pots as you can beg, buy, or scrounge. Invest in good-quality potting soil.Buy seeds of easy-grow annuals for flowering plants and vegetables. Buy some “striking hormone” or “rooting hormone” and use it on cuttings of plants you like, taken from family, friends’ and neighbors’ gardens.Handy hint: grow fast-growing ivies, such as English ivy or Virginia creeper, in large pots set up high on something (such as a brick-and-board shelf), and when the ivy fills out and spills over the pot, it’ll cover not only the pot but the shelf it’s sitting on, too — a great disguise for an ugly shelf. Put several large ivy-pots in a row, such as along the base of a brick wall, and the filled-out ivy will look like a low hedge, but with a *lot* less clipping.You can set the plants all around the yard and patio, putting pots of shade-loving plants under the trees, and sun-lovers in the more light-filled spots. If any of those masonry walls sit in full sun most of the day (more than 6 hours), then put the plants that like warmer temperatures along the walls.
Pots can be set directly on the ground, or you can raise them up on very simple board-and-brick shelves. The shelves are especially useful wherever the ground is too sloping or too uneven to set pots upright so they look nicest. These shelves can also be made larger, depending on what the sizes and shapes of spaces are that you most want to fill: you can use bricks, fancy landscaping “stones,” or common cement blocks for the shelf-risers, plus any boards you can scrounge or afford to buy. You can make a “bookshelf” structure, or a “stair-step” shelf arrangement, or just make low “bench” shelves all around the outside edge of the garden.
The pots should have water-catching dishes underneath each one, which will catch excess water and cut down a little the amount of time you spend watering them all.
Here’s a sort of basic overview of small-garden (standard gardening) options, including a link to a good site about Square-Foot Veggie Gardens:
Here’s a pretty good site covering container gardening, including tips on having a water-feature in a container: Http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden…
They write whole books about this, so there’s no way a really full answer can be given on Y!A (they have character limits, here). But there are lots of ideas and how-tos on the internet — you don’t have to actually tell anyone you got your “landscaper’s degree” at the Univ. Of Google!
On both sides the garden is split in to 3 tiers. I have a dog, although he wont be out there much, but i was just wondering if any one can give me any ideas on how to make it look nice – would like some flowers out there – hanging baskets etc. It just needs a bit of designing. Any advice ?
Landscaping And Gardening?How are they differ?
adminGardening generally refers to growing fruits, vegetables and herbs – edible vegetation. Landscaping refers to ornamental planting. Trees, shrubs and flowers in beds to improve curb appeal and overall enjoyment of your yard.Good luck.