Four Plans for Tiny Pocket Gardens

Four Plans for Tiny Pocket Gardens

                                
                                               

                  Excerpted from Shortcuts                   for Accenting Your Gardens
                  by Marianne Binetti

               

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Don’t                   let a small plot keep you from expressing unique garden designs,                   try pocket gardening!

                               

Creative                                   gardeners can organize their modest-sized lots                                   into a series of separate garden area. The pockets,                                   or planting areas, are sewn together in the                                   landscape using low borders and boundaries that                                   define the gardens without stitching them permanently                                   into the earth.

                               

                                  If you really want to continue with the sewing                                   metaphor, you can think of pocket gardening                                   as a patchwork of minigardens with decorative                                   stitches and nice wide borders at the perimeter.                                   An ensemble of pocket gardens can look pieced                                   together, but never as if it is about to unravel.                                  

                               

1.                                   Herb Garden
                                  Compact herbs such as chives, dwarf basil, lavender,                                   and oregano fit nicely into the openings of                                   concrete blocks. Wagon wheels, or ladders. Herbs                                   need especially strong borders, as many of them                                   spread quickly and sprawl.

                                               

                               

2.                                   Salad Garden
                                  A beautiful collection of red- and green-leaf                                   lettuce, onions, kale, and edible violets can                                   be grown in a salad bowl shape and edged imaginatively                                   with old plates set on edge and half buried                                   in the soil. Recycled wine bottles, stuck into                                   the ground upside down, can also make an unusual                                   green glass border.

                               

3.                                   Cat-Lover’s Garden
                                  Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is the ground cover                                   in this plan, but because it is such a vigorous,                                   spreading plant, you need a strong border. You                                   can make one by intertwining twigs to form a                                   solid fence with plastic edging sunk in the                                   ground to prevent the spread of underground                                   catnip roots. Match the branch fence with a                                   twig shade structure of cat-sized tepee of branches.                                   Leave a cat-sized opening in the twig enclosure,                                   and your pet will spend many hours lounging                                   in this garden, happily high on catnip.

                                               

                               

                                  4. Secret Children’s Garden
                                  Many people build an area for children to play                                   but never border it with anything other than                                   some landscape timbers to keep the pea gravel                                   or woodchips in place. Why not use a border                                   of sawhorses for children to ride or a sturdy                                   support for grapevines that children can also                                   climb? A tepee covered with scarlet runner beans                                   and a playhouse made of gigantic sunflowers                                   are other whimsical ideas using plants that                                   children love to grow.

                                               

--Excerpted                   from Shortcuts                   for Accenting Your Gardens
                                  Used                                   with Permission

                                                                             

 
 
 

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