The 98 pages of Great Gardens, Solutions for Small Spaces are divided into sections for typical small problem areas you might have in your garden: Foundations, Island Beds, Corners, Narrow Spaces and Patio & Decks. I particularly liked that built into these chapters are design lessons on Scale, Focal Points, Repetition, Going Vertical and Containers. I believe that the design of a tight gardening spot is even more important than in a larger garden, and the lessons are given in a very understandable way, something that even I can do without needing professional help.
“No Space is Too Small for a Spectacular Garden” shouts the cover. Well, I’m from the Show-Me-State of Missouri. I put myself in the shoes of friends who live in attached villas with small patios. What can you really do with that little space besides a few pots? As in the other chapters, they guided me from what I wanted from this patio to getting the finished look, and they are solutions you can really live with, not the “far out” examples I’ve seen on some of the TV shows.
A formal garden…..oh, how great they looked in the books and gardening magazines. Yup, we’ll do that one day. So….we did! But we got way more than we bargained for and I mean that in all good ways!
The land was barren; it was a former sod farm. There was nothing good about the scape nor the dirt. But we did have our backdrop of the mountains – well, foothills I guess to y’all in real mountainous places on this globe.
We had moved from a place where we kept a large vegetable garden and somehow, my brain went completely haywire as I drooled over the formal garden pictures.I wanted flowers and boxwoods.I pictured myself in a lovely hat with an English trog and my snips out there just cutting gorgeous blooms; coming in and arranging perfect creations for the new digs.
My husband is an Engineer by training amongst other things. He also knows me to a “T”. Okeedokee, a formal garden you shall have m’dear. But he knew – he can see into my future
Shrubs or trees that are suitable for tall styles of topiary design include Alberta spruce, arborvitae, and Juniper. For wider sculpted pieces, globe arborvitae, boxwood, or privet are accommodating. For the classic topiary “ball on a stick” design, you’ll need a tree with a straight leader that will grow up a stake.
The Technique: Spiral
This Alberta spruce had grown too large for the corner where it had been planted as a sapling. I needed to either remove it, or prune it to be less overpowering in the small space. Armed with my bypass shears and a roll of orange surveyor’s tape, I decided to try my hand at designing a spiral topiary. The tree is about 6 feet tall, and the project tok me a little over two hours.
Look at your tree from all angles and decide just how sloping you want the spiral design to be. Take into consideration the height of the tree, and how wide the bottom is. The taller the tree, the closer together the spirals can be.
Start at the top and tie the
One of the common pest problems in the country or anywhere else in the world is ant control. Those tiny creatures making a home in different corners of your house can be very irritating. A marching line of ants is probably a familiar sight in your household that’s why you are reading this page.
So how do you keep these army of ants away? Here are a few simple ways.
You might think that beating them with a newspaper or lighting them up when you see them will be a great solution to the problem. Serious ant control is not killing them when you see them. While it may seem that you have killed all of them when you eliminated the marching line, you are wrong. As long as the queen is somewhere safe laying more eggs, there will be thousands more. What you need to do is to look for the mound. How to locate it? Just follow the trail of ants with food on their backs.
Search for the nest and destroy the colony. If you cannot locate the colony, your best option is to poison them using ant baits. Since they are attracted to food, you
Tucson’s real estate recuperation is showing itself through a surge in most value focuses and particularly in homes over the $250,000 mark.
While the region’s median resale home cost is as of now at a generally unobtrusive $162,000, the best year-to-year sales action is in value groups well over that, demonstrating a dynamic climb advertise that was beforehand hamstrung by the Great Recession and a decreasing of both free market activity in the scratch and dent section abandonments favored by financial specialists.
It’s looking steady, more typical, with a less demanding home-purchasing process and an enhancing stock.
The loan fees are still close memorable lows around 4.5 percent, which are mind boggling offering costs, are still sensible, and the costs are down around 30 percent contrasted with the crest in 2007. What’s more, we’re taking a gander at strong home sales this spring.
Be that as it may, it is likewise a bifurcated market. Sales up to about $120,000 have dropped 19 percent over the
Plants and trees absorb dangerous gases from the atmosphere like carbons and nitrogen and emit oxygen round the clock. Carbon footprints and extreme pollution have increased drastically due to vehicle flow and industrialization. Home owners and commercial establishments will be supporting the ecology in several ways when they plant trees. When the home owners and others plant vegetable and fruit yielding plants they will benefit a lot in the long run. Sitting amidst bunch of trees and shrubs will be an enjoyable affair which cannot be expressed in words. Customers those who have lavish space in their back yard or in the garden area can engage the professional gardeners working in this company for planting seeds and plants. The gardeners and arborists working in this company will completely scale and evaluate the customers’ garden space and will decide in advance the plants they are going to plant in the premises.
The garden and open spaces will look extremely beautiful with hundreds of plants when these guys finish off their given task. Customers’ those who are planning to plant
Tree-removing services are something most people think little of, until they actually need them. People need trees removed for a variety of reasons, but rather than performing this action yourself, it is a better idea to hire a professional. Professional tree removalists are reasonably priced, and can usually get to your home or office quickly. Best of all, they are experienced enough to handle a variety of jobs, both small and large, including homes and all types of businesses. Whether you need one tree removed or your entire garden area taken care of, these companies can provide exactly what you need at a price you can afford.
Tree Removal Should Only Be Trusted to Professionals
Although you love your trees, sometimes there is a need to remove one or more of them at your home or place of business. Maybe your tree has become diseased, has gotten too large, or is a point of contention between you and your neighbour. In any of these cases, hiring a professional is your best choice. You not only need someone to cut the tree down the correct way, but you need someone with the experience to know how to
When one is asked what they envision when hearing the words “storage” or “shed”, a common response usually involves a small space to store belongings that aren’t frequently used. However, this is just one purpose for sheds.
They also have the potential to serve as a workshop, studio, personal space, and as many more ideas as you can imagine! Here are just a few alternative uses for sheds:
If you have a hobby or passion that you’d like to devote more time to, a shed could serve as the perfect place for perfecting your craft. You can buy a workshop shed in a wide range of sizes depending on your needs.
Whether you’re a carpenter, painter, potter, or metalsmith, you’ll be able to find a space that will suit your needs. In fact, you can find custom sheds in Perth that are already engineered to Australian standards to save you time and money in your search for the perfect workshop.
Getting into Personal Spaces
If you need a place to focus on yourself but don’t have an extra room in your home, buying a shed could serve as a
The garden snowflakes, from the genus Leucojum and Acis (Amaryllidaceae), are perhaps not as popular as many of our other garden bulbs like lilies, tulips, crocus, etc, but they are deserving of space in the garden in regions where they can be successfully cultivated. At one time all the snowflakes were classified as Leucojum but more recently, most have been placed into a ‘new’ genus called Acis. In reality, Acis is not really new at all; the plants in question were originally classified as Acis back in 1807 but in the 1880’s were lumped into the genus Leucojum. With new DNA studies, the separation of many Leucojum back into Acis happened as recently as 2004. How do the two differ? Leucojum are generally larger plants with wider, strap-like leaves, hollow flower stems and white, bell-shaped flowers whose tepals (sepals and petals that look the same) are tipped in green. They look much like snowdrops on steroids! Acis on the other hand, are smaller, more delicate plants with narrow, grass-like foliage, solid flower stems and nodding bell-like flowers that are either pure white or tinted pink. Their flowers are more reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley. Of the 10 species that were once classified
We already have three bedrooms, I reasoned, and there are only two of us, so we certainly don’t need them all. Besides, there’s a fourth room up there that’s pretty much vacant. As a Zone 5 gardener smitten by tropical plants, this proposal made perfect sense to me.
Let the Negotiations Begin
“This is absolutely absurd! How are the plants going to survive up there without sunlight? You can’t cram them all in front of the windows.”
“Fluorescent grow lights.”
“How are you going to get those big, heavy pots up there?”
“With a dolly.”
“What if the pots leak or overflow and the water comes down through the ceiling into our dining room?” (which, much to my chagrin, actually happened several years
Are you new to gardening and not sure how to get started? Let us help. Here’s our quick guide for the beginner vegetable gardener on how to plant a vegetable garden
We’ll highlight the basics of vegetable garden planning: how to pick the right site, figure out how “big” to go, and how to select which vegetables to grow.
Remember this: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one!
One of the common errors for beginners is planting too much too soon and way more than anybody could eat or want. Unless you want to have zucchini taking up residence in your attic, plan carefully. Start small.
Gardening for the Beginner
To get started gardening, here are some very basic concepts on topics you’ll want to explore further as you become a vegetable gardener extraordinaire:
- Do you have enough sun exposure? Vegetables love the sun. They need at least 6 hours of full sun every day, and preferably 8.
- Know your soil. Most soil can be enriched with compost and be fine for planting, but some soil needs more help. Vegetables must have good, loamy, well-drained soil. If you’re
One of the most important parts of a plant is the part you can’t see. Roots are absolutely vital to a plant’s health, and if the roots are sick, the plant is sick. But how can you tell if roots are healthy? Keep reading to learn about identifying healthy roots and growing healthy roots.
Importance of Healthy Roots
The importance of healthy roots can’t be stressed enough. Roots hold plants in place. They also carry water and essential minerals to the rest of the plant. It’s how the plant eats and drinks. It’s important to keep healthy roots in plants that are already established, of course, but it’s even more important to check for healthy roots in plants you buy in the store.
If you buy a plant with a bad root system, at best, it will take it a long time to adjust to transplanting. At worst, it’ll die soon after you get it home. But how can you tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy roots?
What Do Healthy Roots Look Like?
Identifying healthy roots in the store is easy, since the plants are all potted and the roots are easily