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Location: Northern Alberta
Posted: Jun/13/2009 9:12 PM PST
Last summer we moved to 3.4 acres. Mostly weedy and some compacted, weedy, crappy lawn. I'm looking for resources for ideas - links, photos, forums to help me plan what to do with all this space. We have some things done, see photos. All ideas welcome!
first is a perennial bed around our deck
-next is our raised veggie garden, and a kind of "lasagna" bed in the back in which I've planed pumpkin and zucchini (cardboard to choke out weeds, then straw on top, then little islands of soil/compost.) Will top this all with manure and let it compost over winter. Till it under in spring and hopefully have a great veggie plot
-flower bed around our shed that started just as a weeding project
-square raised bed
-perennial bed a second time. Finally figured out how to add pics, not going to bother trying to delete them.
Location: west allis wisconsin
Posted: Jun/13/2009 10:22 PM PST
Looks like you have a good handle on things. Great pictures. Better Homes and Gardens has a good planning tool, also go to budget gardener. Also feel free to go to our members photo albums. We have some really awesome gardeners here.
Posted: Jun/14/2009 1:33 PM PST
Tell us what kinds of plants you like.
Location: Northeast PA
Posted: Jun/14/2009 8:04 PM PST
I agree with the above posts what you have done looks nice, and if you check out other peoples pics you will find some really nice ideas. For a few suggestions on what you have already done, I might put some potted plants on the edge of the deck, and possibly a weeping tree in the raised bed will give it a little demention. Or some taller plants or a large rock or 2. I decided to do a rock garden this year. It started looking like a firepit. After a few posts and a few ideas from my friends here I added a few more rocks (still has that firepit look) but some sides are higher than others and its not so round now. I piled the dirt and once the plants got in it changed a little. If it doesn't suit me next year (after things grow a little) I"m tearing it out and starting over.