Small Apt. Cement Patio 10x14 prox. with L shape area for planting, 20" deph. - Knowledgebase Question

Brea, Ca
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Question by mary3257
August 13, 2010
Need small budget ideas. I have two walls glass sliding doors & would like to look out to a RELAXING patio with colored plants, wall decor, just a prettier patio. I only have a sm round iron table that nees painting so far. Help!

Answer from NGA
August 13, 2010
At least you have a start - a round iron table! The least expensive way to have a colorful garden is to plant seeds but sometimes you can get a bargain on starter plants in little 2" containers. The smaller the plants, the less you'll have to pay upfront. For a lush and thriving garden you'll want to make sure the soil is loose and rich. Spend some of your budget on compost or other organic matter to work into the soil. With rich, loose soil, you can grow happy, healthy plants. If you have no ground in which to plant you can always garden in containers. Just choose containers with lots of drainage holes in the bottoms and fill them with a good grade of potting soil.

You didn't mention whether the area was in the sun or the shade so you'll need to determine just how much sun or shade the area receives before choosing your plants. You can grow vining annuals or perennials to help cover those bare walls. If you can't build or buy a trellis you can sometimes get plants to grow up onto bamboo or cedar stakes. If you string nylon or cotton string between the stakes, the plants will often cover over the framework and all you'll see are the stems and leaves and flowers of the plants. Just start small and your garden will grow as you plant new seeds or add new transplants. Eventually you'll have a patio garden to enjoy.

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