garden bed along side of townhome

mdgirl09(7MD)March 31, 2012

I want to plant edibles and some flowers along some part of the side of my town home. At the moment its all just grass so there's a lot of work ahead of me.

I was hoping you could share some pictures of your garden if you have a similar property?

Also could you advise me on how I could do this as inexpensively as possible? We have some left over (composite) planks from the deck we could use. My husband and I will try to do it ourselves, however we are not super handy with tools but are willing to learn! :)

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designoline6(Z6)

You need to post some pics that show situated conditions.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 6:23AM
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anniegolden(z7a)

What is the exposure? For veggies, southern exposure is ideal. Northern exposure won't work at all.

Would it be possible to raise the area up at all? The reason I ask is that it's a chore to remove lawn. Much easier to just pile compost on top which will kill the grass fairly quickly. You need to put it on to a depth of at least 5 inches. I have compost piles, but when I run out I use LeafGrow, it comes in 1.5 cu. ft. bags for about $5. You will want to amend the soil anyway, so this kills two birds with one stone (I hate that analogy - I raise parakeets for a hobby). When I do this (convert lawn to garden bed), I don't till it up at all the first year. This means you can't plant row crops like lettuce or carrots, but you can easily just dig a little hole for your tomato or pepper plant, or pop a few zucchini seeds in. Then, in th 2nd year, the grass and grass roots will be completely gone, and you can till the whole thing up if you want.

I live in Central Delaware (you are in Maryland?) In this area, the very hardest working summer flowers (annuals) are vinca and angelonia (they need full sun). They just bloom their hearts out from mid May until late September. (Well, here's a quirk: the purple angelonia are bloom machines, but not the pink ones.) For someone new to gardening, these would be a good choice.

Christine

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:50AM
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mdgirl09(7MD)

Thank you for your replies. I will post a picture asap.

This area faces east - southeast so I realize this isn't ideal, but it would get about 6 hrs of sunlight. Plants planned include bell pepper, chillies, okra, squash, eggplant and tomatoes. Oh and strawberries. I do like your idea of putting the compost on top of the grass!

Oh I love vinca, I will look up angelonia. Thank you!

What sort of edging would you recommend on a slope...would sawtoothing bricks work on a slope?

Also, apart from compost, should I mix in any other stuff like mulch or topsoil?

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:05PM
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