[personal profile] tellezara
Hi guys! I found this comm via [site community profile] dw_news and hope you might be able to advise me.

We moved house last October. The back garden is enclosed and doesn't get a huge amount of sun. It is mostly paved with some raised beds, so we've planted some shade loving greenery. In the centre is a very sad token patch of lawn (with bald patches) measuring about 2 x 1.5m. We want to dig this out and turn it into a Zen garden - I was going to put down weed mat with sleepers on the sides and fill with white gravel. But now my husband quite likes the idea of having a small tree in the centre of this. I'm a bit iffy about this due to the small space but I don't know enough about gardening to have a proper justification for my unease.

1) Are there any good tree types for a shaded garden, that don't grow large but don't require the daily upkeep of bonsai?

2) Is 2x1.5m enough space for tree roots without them going under and distorting the paving if I plant the tree in the ground??

3) How can I have a tree but still keep the weed mat down?

Thanks for any advice you can give!
amalnahurriyeh: DW: Text: Your fandom could be a little more sonic. (sonic)
[personal profile] amalnahurriyeh
With the semester over, and it no longer looking like there are going to be overnight freezes (living in upstate New York: gardening is hard), I just put in some plants today. Now, I had intended to put them in last week, but discovered, when trying to dig holes in the front flowerbed that my landlord put in, that our front garden is apparently solid clay. Like, not "gee, we have some clay-y soil." Like, "gee, I can roll the scoop of dirt I just pulled out of the ground into a ball, and then sculpt a pinch-pot with it." I decided it wasn't work digging out the whole thing and replacing with topsoil, so I went out and bought pots and dirt to put in them, and spent my early afternoon happily digging.

pictures of food plants (and some non-food) )

At the moment, I'm planning on keeping all the herbs on the back step, the tomatoes on the porch edge, and putting the peppers on the front steps. We get morning light in the front, strong mid-day light on the back step, but not for very many hours (it's shady in the morning, and gets shaded pretty fast in the afternoon). I'm not sure about the lettuce. Previous attempts have ended up with bitter, inedible lettuce in June, but I've moved to a cooler climate; should I position them to get less sun, or put them alongside the tomatoes up front? I'd rather get to eat them than not...

Profile

gardening: (Default)
Gardening

June 2017

S M T W T F S
    123
4567 8 910
11121314151617
1819 2021222324
252627282930 

Syndicate

RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags