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Old 05-18-2010, 03:11 PM
 
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I'm starting my new garden bed this week and I'd love to see some other beds for inspiration!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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here's a few of mine
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Meanieme, that is a really attractive little garden ya got there! I like the brick/pavers/whatever they're called. And who is that tied to the deck? Is s/he not to be trusted to stay in the yard? My little dogs couldn't be trusted to stick around if we didn't have a fence... they don't seem to realize how good they've got it here!
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:50 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I agree! Meanieme, that's a lovely garden! I was going to post a couple pics, but I don't have anything fancy....
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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My vegetable patch is more function over beauty,sure is fun to eat all that fresh produce during the year and i know non of it came from China
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I just went out and took a photo of my garden. Spring flowers are finished blooming, and not many summer flowers have opened yet, but here's a spot of color!

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Old 05-19-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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I'm starting my new garden bed this week and I'd love to see some other beds for inspiration!
What kind of garden? Are you doing flowers? This is my latest bed. I just RoundUp the grass, spread newspaper and cover with something organic. This one has pine shavings and horse manure. The plantings were direct sown seeds.



I gave my perennial bed a proper entrance. The arbor has clematis, a climbing rose, and Carolina Jasmine.



I like small beds/borders too. I pack the plants in and use leaves as mulch.



What it looked like just a little over a year ago.



I like to mix all kinds of plants in my beds. If you purchase plants, go buy something every couple of weeks in bloom. You'll be getting perennials that will bloom again next year, about every two weeks. It's a great way to keep the blooms coming all summer long.



Early spring blues and pinks turn to orange and reds with yellow highlights in summer. I collect, save, and toss seeds into the beds all the time. Even if I get only one plant, I've added something to the garden.



Three weeks ago, a bed I started last fall was in full bloom. There's a lull right now as the clover is dying and the cosmos, rudbeckia, and other seedlings have yet to show any color. It might be a while before this bed takes center stage. I'm growing it all from seed, direct sown.



I've left the grass between the beds. I have sweeping curves and tight corners. I don't like to mow, and flowers are more interesting than lawn. All the stone I used for edging is native and was collected from my half acre of land. I like it because it seems more natural to me and my way of gardening.



I grow veggies too, in raised beds mostly. Though I did scatter some tomato seeds in the perennial bed by the driveway. I've got squash and nasturtiums in there too. This fall, cabbage will be planted as edible ornamentals. But in the summer, it's easier to grow things that need water in the same place. The soil is a mixture of last fall's leaves, native red clay, and horse manure mixed with pine shavings.





The most important thing is good soil when starting a new bed. I can't stress that enough. It needs to be light and airy with good drainage and water holding capabilities. Be sure to drive around town and see what others in your area are growing. Do they have it planted in full sun or part shade? Is it on a slope or in a sunken area? These are clues as to the conditions needed. Sloping beds have very sharp drainage. Water can pool in low lying areas. Slopes with full sun will dry out quickly. Shady spots with heavy clay can hold water and cause root rot.

Plants that are happy in their location reward you.
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Lovely, Paperhouse!
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Funky Town
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Very nice Meanieme, jambo, PJ, & Paperhouse!!!

Here's a part of my own little breezeway!

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Old 05-27-2010, 12:20 AM
 
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