All Things Gardening forum: My garden needs a makeover!

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ashleighlouise
Jul 15, 2016 10:23 PM CST
Hi, we have just moved into our townhouse in Sydney and need some advice on how to spruce up our garden. It is about 10m x 3m. We have a small dog. Any advice would be amazing! we don't even know where to start
Thanks in advanced
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Name: Wes
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Wes
Jul 15, 2016 10:35 PM CST
Pots!

Welcome!
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Thomas75
Jul 16, 2016 2:28 AM CST
G' day @ashleighlouise

I agree with Wes, pots of different sizes with different plants work really well in small areas. You can move them around for different seasons and individual plants can be replaced if needed. A veining plant could be placed next to the fence. Good luck and Welcome!
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NJBob
Jul 16, 2016 10:46 AM CST
http://garden.org/forums/view/containers/
This forum should give you some ideas.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 16, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @ashleighlouise !

I'm picturing a fabulous container garden in your space! There are lots of options for containers -- pots that sit on the ground, raised planter beds, planters that hang on a fence...

Besides the container gardening forum here, there are lots of awesome ideas on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=container%20gardeni...
(which is not to say that all of them are practical, LOL)
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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Jul 18, 2016 10:05 PM CST
This is my front yard container garden - nothing in the ground whatsoever: Click to see the whole thing.

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Not as an example, but just what you can do with containers - its fairly easy to change things or replace the scrappy looking stuff. A really good handtruck is a good tool to invest in.


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RickCorey
Jul 19, 2016 1:17 PM CST
CarolHB said: ... A really good handtruck is a good tool to invest in. ...


Great point!
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Weedwhacker
Jul 19, 2016 6:29 PM CST
I SO agree about the "really good handtruck" ! We have one with what I can only describe as "all terrain wheels." Works so much better for moving things around in the yard than most of them that are designed only for nice hard surfaces. Between that and our garden cart we've moved everything from picnic tables to very large potted plants (and lots of stuff in between those two things).
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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Jul 19, 2016 7:16 PM CST
Thanks for all the thumbs. I'm surprised and touched. Thank You!
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Frillylily
Jul 19, 2016 7:26 PM CST
you can put large pots on rolling trays so you can move them around when you need to. Be sure to use saucers under your pots, you don't want to keep the wood/deck wet underneath-it will stain it, make it rot faster and invite unwanted insects (termites). You just need to decide what you are going for, veggies to eat? a small fruit tree? something that flowers or only foliage? Do you want to attract bees?(probably not since it's on your deck) what color scheme do you want, how much time do you have to care for the collection, if you have pets or kids -nothing toxic. ect
Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Jul 19, 2016 7:42 PM CST
If you don't know where to start, I'd suggest getting some mags and/or books about small space gardening, or container gardening, balcony or apartment gardening. I started with pics of plants that grabbed me and building a basic plan around those plants. The plan has changed quite a bit, but in the process I got to decide what I like the most. Another thing I did, which may be a tad too much for some, was get the Sunset Western Garden Book and read every.... single.... entry in the book, making notes, rejections as I went along. There is such a wealth of plant material available that I made rejection my first priority - my dog likes to bite into plants so toxic was rejected first. I live in a mobile home, so trees are automatically rejected. In my zone there is no frost, so anything that needs frost, like peonies, is a reject. This sorting narrowed the number of desireable/possible plants, and in the process led me to a lot of plants I would never have known about if I relied solely on the local big box stores for material.

I also went to every mail order site I could find to look over the plants available there, again using my rejection criteria - and have found some things I'm really enjoying now. I also have a number of plants that I've whipped out of their pots and tossed - either because I made a purchasing error, or because the blooms are not as advertised, or I just don't like them. Some have just gone gak on me for no discernible reason, but that happens to everybody and is just one of the fun parts of the game. I didn't mean to write a book. I just have such a great time with this container gardening thing that I want everybody else to do it too. Smiling
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CrystalIvy
Aug 25, 2016 7:20 AM CST
People responded suggesting pots because they saw no soil. I think I see a bit of green at the base of your fence. Here in Texas, there are cattle panels which could be put up next to it. Then, plant your vines or veggies vertically. There are a lot more veggies that you can grow vertically that what you might be aware of. Then, your neighbors can't complain about any vines coming across their fence.

There's also a lot of garden art that you can hang that many people don't have. Look up garden art and get very specific... maybe vertical hanging garden art. You can make it yourself. No need to buy anything but supplies.

You could build a bench and put some bright colored flowered cushions. Start thinking outside the box. You can do it!

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