Just a few years ago we started out with a blank canvas. Having decided to bulldoze the little house that was on the block and build from scratch, it never occurred to me that I had to build a garden as well!
So keeping in line with my lists, here are a few tips.
1. Ask for cuttings.
2. You’d be surprise what you can get on online – Ebay or Gumtree.
3. Search nurseries for half dead plants and bring them back to life. There is always that section!
4. Buy tube stock – you can then buy in mass. It’s surprising how quickly a plant can grow when it’s young. Not as many roots need to be resettled.
5. Just do it – plant something to get it in the ground – it will start growing. If it’s not a native, you can transplant it later to more favorable position.
Hard surfaces everywhere – longing for some green about the place, and a way to actually get inside!
This stage was taken Xmas 2011. I bought the Yucca (for $50) and the Agave (for $6) which had ‘pups’ and I was able to transplant out the back as well.
This little dog, “Scottie”, came from Ebay for just $1
I do like a succulent or two… the plan was to build a sustainable garden. We were instructed to install 2 water tanks and with all the ya-dee-ya about saving water, the other portion of the garden is native. So now we are all saving so much water, the council had to put up the rates to make more money!
Spider came for free, just decided to take up camp – but that’s ok.
Looking back I wondered if it would ever grow. Now when people walk their dogs in the neighbourhood there is always someone who stops and makes a comment which is so satisfying. You may have also noticed that you can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl!
What’s your garden style:
A: Organised or
B: Shove it in the ground and see what happens
I’m definitely a B!