Get your head out of the gutter and in the garden!
Large yards are a curse to many… mowing… weed-eating… trimming… leaves… but they are a blessing too! So many things can be done with a large yard! Now, ‘large’ is dependent on the person’s definition, but I am using it in a way to describe anyone that has a space to have an in-ground garden and still have space left over for dogs, kids and grown-ups to run and play! If you do have that amount of space, you are lucky!
Here are some ideas for your lucky space:
- Traditional plant pots
- Hanging baskets
- Rain gutters
- Raised beds
- Hay bale
- In the ground
I discussed traditional planting pots, hanging baskets and rain gutters in the previous post. While these options are the best for small spaces, they are completely viable for a large space as well. They can be used for herbs near the kitchen door or to make a bare deck feel cozier.
As for the large area, one option is a raised bed. This can include a bed that sits on the ground or one that is built up from the ground on legs. While there may be more planting options for a raised bed on the ground, one built on legs could be perfect for someone who has trouble bending over or to be handicapped accessible. Raised beds are really good for people who want their yard super neat and tidy, with clean lines.
If you have access to a hay bale, it can also be used to plant into. Just scratch out an opening large enough for the transplants, add a little bit of potting soil and plant into them!
If you are comfortable with digging in your soil and having an in-ground garden, you have a lot of options. It can be as large or as small as you want it. One thing to consider… do you have a roto-tiller? Roto-tillers are used to dig into the soil, loosen it and make beds in your garden. They come in different sizes depending on how big your space is, but they can be expensive to purchase. While I have never rented one before, you can. This might be a viable option since it will only be used a few times throughout the year.
If you are just starting off, it is o.k. to go small! In my experience, I find it much more comforting to start small, succeed and/or fail small than to go big and get my hands in way too deep! While I encourage taking a little risk, do what you can manage.
I hope these ideas help you create your own garden! Stay tuned for Part 3, which will have more ideas that are unconventional and up-cycled. If you have more ideas or questions, I would love to hear them!