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Video: Ready-made Curbs Change The Look Of The Site And Facilitate Plant Maintenance
Modular flower garden - ready-made curbs change the look of the site and facilitate plant care
So the new summer season has come, for which we usually begin to prepare in the fall.
Immediately after harvesting, I usually go through the seeds, fertilizers, inventory and check what is left and what else will need to be bought by the next spring. At the same time I prepared the land for seedlings. She stood all winter in bags at the dacha, on the veranda, froze, and then I gradually began to transport her home to the balcony. I did not forget about the containers for seedlings. In my free time I read new and re-read old magazines and took note of everything that interested me, seemed necessary and interesting. In the summer I will try to take advantage of the experience I like of other gardeners.
The past summer did little to please me, as, probably, and many other gardeners: because of the cold and rains, many crops could not fully ripen and please with an abundance of fruits. But I was not left completely without a harvest.
Tomatoes felt best in the greenhouse: they were warm and well ventilated, and there was enough food. In the fall I try to stock up as many leaves in the forest as possible, and in the spring I fill the holes for tomatoes with them. First, the foliage isolates the roots from the cold from the cold to the end of the earth, and then, rotting, it becomes a good feeding for them. As a result, I harvested an excellent tomato harvest last summer, and cucumbers in the greenhouse bore fruit until late autumn.
Going into the garden, which feeds in the summer and provides blanks for the winter, I try not to forget about improving my site, constantly changing something in the design. I am very happy if I find something interesting in magazines or see something interesting at neighbors and on TV that I myself did not think of.
It so happened that on my site near the house there was a piece of land that looked like a square flower bed, but it was too big for a flower bed. It was inconvenient to plant flowers there, and I could not figure out how it could be divided so that it was convenient to work (I had to climb into the garden bed with my feet in an attempt to reach the middle of my flower bed), and most importantly, to make it beautiful.
And in some magazine I read about a modular flower garden. Then I realized that this is exactly what I need.
The essence of a modular flower garden is in repeating geometric shapes. These modules can be placed in the space between the plates, on the lawn. You can cover the spaces between the figures with pebbles, sand, etc. The main thing is that there are curbs that will allow you to preserve clear geometry.
I am surprised that this did not occur to me earlier - after all, several years ago I made small square ridges in the garden, then fenced them with boards, and these are the simplest modules.
It is possible to plant in such modules both annuals and perennials, as well as spicy herbs, salads, vegetables - it all depends on our imagination. It's good that I read about the modules in early spring, otherwise I would regret the lost time all summer - because you always want to bring a new idea to life as soon as possible. And since I had only perennials in my flowerbed, and they grew mainly in the center. So almost nothing had to be removed.
I made a drawing on paper on a scale, then using a cord and pegs I made the markings on the ground. First, I built everything from boards, since it was time to plant annuals, and there was no time left to find a suitable border. And soon, to my joy, the children gave it to me for my birthday, however, I chose it myself, to my taste.
Since the purchased border is not rigid, it turned out that I did the right thing by first creating a fence made of boards - the earth had to be a little compacted at the edges in order to keep its shape when installing the border. If it turns out to be made of rigid materials, then, of course, it can be installed immediately.
I was not entirely happy with the flowers planted earlier, because I sowed them at a time when I did not know that the flower garden would be of exactly this shape. Of course, there should be tall flowers in the central module (I did it), and for those that are located at the edges, this season I will try to choose something more spectacular in height and color. Well, I was able to photograph the shape of my flower garden only in the fall, when I removed all the summer plants.
For several years in a row I have been planting lobelia in pots for an open veranda. She pleases us until late autumn with her bright blue colors, and in any weather. By the way, potted flowers can also be placed on modular flower beds, including indoor ones - they will cover those places where plants have died or faded.
I wish you all good luck and an interesting summer cottage life in the new season!