This month at AussieGreenThumb.com is ‘So You Want A Better Garden’ Month, which aims to help you grow better gardens. As part of that I am running a 30 day challenge. The challenge consists of daily tasks of about 10 minutes each. I guarantee that if you complete each days task, by the end of September you will be well on your way towards reaching your gardening goals and growing better gardens. Will you accept the challenge?
Day 4 Challenge Recap – Have a look around your house for materials you might use to spice up your garden design. Old pavers, bricks, pieces of equipment (like wheelbarrows), baskets etc. Perhaps you have some excess natural rock that would look good somewhere in your garden? Garden design is all about inspiration and finding different things that you can either feature or that will help your plants stand out and help you grow better gardens.
I was actually worried about this challenge, I wondered if I would actually find anything and, if I did, how I could make it work! I live in a rental property which actually has a very small amount of garden. I had to add garden beds so I could actually have a sufficient vegetable garden. As such, I wasn’t sure whether I myself had bit of more than I could chew with this challenge.
What this challenge has proved to me is than anyone can have better gardens. As I was looking around I stumbled across an old wheelbarrow that I forgot I had. When I moved in it had been left by the previous owners. At that stage it was in a pretty bad state but I still managed to get another 6 months of use out of it. Then, one hot summers day this year as I was moving mulch, the tyre blew up. Though it would be possible to replace the tyre it would be very difficult and I have a sneaking suspicion that size tyre is no longer in production. However…there is still hope for this wheelbarrow! It can give me better gardens!
With few garden beds I am always on the lookout for creative ways to add more. What better way to add a garden bed than to add a semi-portable one? As you can see in the picture supplied, you can actually turn an old wheelbarrow into a garden bed! Perfect for either a mix of annuals during spring or for growing a small amount of vegetables, an old wheelbarrow can add character to an otherwise normal garden. I’ve even seen people place a wheelbarrow in the centre of a garden, with beautiful flowering plants both in the wheelbarrow but also littered around the base of it. I actually think this is quite affective and gives a bit of a historic or old cottage garden feel.
The reason I set this challenge
My situation is proof of concept for my reasoning for this challenge. I often hear people say ‘it is too expensive to add character to a garden’ or something along these lines. What I think people miss is the simple things we throw away that could be used in the gardens. Old chair, old bricks and pavers, old pieces of furniture. In my experience, people generally tend to hoard lots of stuff. I think most people would be surprised what idea’s they come up with if they had a look around the shed or storage space and though a little outside the box what they might be able to use in their garden.
So, how did you go? Leave a comment below with how you succeeded, or failed, with today’s challenge.
Learn more about Garden Design
This challenge fits under the category of ‘Understanding garden design’. Most people think of garden design as;
- Something landscapers do;
- Difficult to learn and understand;
- Not for the beginner;
This is not true. Though I wouldn’t expect you to get out and design flowing gardens, simply understanding your own garden is a step towards better understanding garden design. If you want to know more about beginner level garden design, the first chapter in my ebook covers it. Find out how you can buy my ebook ‘So You Want A Better Garden’ here.
It’s not too late to join the challenge! You can grow a better garden. Start today! The great thing about this challenge is it can run over any 30 day period. Just check out days 1-5 and start from today. You can grow better gardens.