big plans for small gardens
by Sarah Goldstein |
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put your garden
The other thing to remember when you have a big yard is to break your gardening down into steps that you can manage. Don't try to do a whole makeover in a weekend; pick one project at a time instead. Work on the flowerbeds out the front for a bit, then put a herb garden by the kitchen, then add a tyre swing to the tree out the back. Just give yourself time!
And a tip if you plan to take your hard work with you when you move: keep your plants in pots. Potted plants work surprisingly well sitting in garden beds or on the edge of paving or lawns, and they're easy to pack up when the time comes.
If you want a lush garden but have two tiny garden beds amongst pavers, add dozens of potted plants to fill in the gaps. Also, don't forget about the trimmings -- extra touches like garden furniture, wind chimes, small water features, rocks and ornaments. A wind chime, a water feature and a comfy chair are the difference between a few ho-hum plants and a quiet meditation space. And you can't have outdoor dining without a table and chairs!