Are you a first time gardener, want your
garden to be low maintenance, or just don't
know where to start with your front or back
'garden'? Then let John Cushnie help you. Here
is John's second instalment on how make your
garden a perfect place to relax and enjoy for
the years ahead. Part
One of John's Garden Make Over
What goes where ? There
is one golden rule when starting to garden -
Do things in the right order.
There is not much point in laying or sowing
a lawn if you have to rip it up for a path.
A good plan is to do as much construction work
as possible at the same time. Lay the paths
and the patio before cultivating the soil. Once
the main path is in place you can easily wheelbarrow
materials about the garden.
listed your must have items you
must now decide where they are to go and work
out if you have enough space to accomodate them
Patio Where there is only one patio it makes
sense to construct it close to the house, possibly
outside the living area through double patio
doors. Make it sufficiently large to be able
to entertain. Think of the size in terms of
a suitable indoor room with space for seating,
a table and a barbecue area.The surface should
be all weather such as paving or tiles.
Seats It is nice and useful to have benches dotted
about the garden.One may be in a shaded corner
with another in full sun.
Water Feature The sight and sound of running water is
a marvellous attribute in any garden. If it
can be designed close to the patio it will be
appreciated on a hot, lazy, summer day. Where
a pump is used to move water an electricity
supply will have to be incorporated using armoured
Play Area It is reassuring when you can see the children
at play. If the area can be seen from the kitchen
window, the living room and the patio you will
be able to relax. A temporary picket fence looks
attractive and serves as a means of keeping
children within bounds and animals out.
Vegetable Plot Try to hide this behind a hedge or shrub
bed. It tends to look untidy in late summer
and autumn with bits and pieces of remaining
crops not to mention yellowing leaves on old
Finish off with lots of plants to produce colour
at all times of the year. Try to space the permanent
planting. After a few years closely planted
shrubs will become overcrowded and in need of
heavy pruning. Fill the short term gaps with
bright and cheerful annuals which you have still
time to grow from seed .
One final tip, you are allowed to change