I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now.
In the plan here
, I've marked the house (big black blob), a giant gum tree that shades everything underneath it (the cylinder at the top), North (the sun), and for the sake of orientation, the gate (the line at the bottom). The other lines are the edges of raised beds, and the numbers each correspond to photos of possible places where I might plant things.
1. The bed on the right is very narrow
, but I hope I can do something with it. It is mostly shaded (from the gum tree). The things on the fence are from the neighbours, so I guess I can cut them back a bit.
2. This is the sunniest corner.
I'm happy to pull out most of that ground cover. The privet is growing on the neighbours' side of the fence.
3. This is the shadiest part.
It is pretty much always in the shade.
4. Honestly, I have no idea what most of that stuff on the left is
, but there's not much space for anything else. This is mainly to give you a sense of scope for the next photos.
5. This corner is really sunny too.
I don't want to plant anything with huge roots here, though, since I'm scared of roots interfering with my plumbing. All that's growing here at the moment are a few weeds.
6. I think this is just some native grasses
, which I'm happy to pull out. It's pretty shady down here, though.
7. This is a close-up of the corner we were facing in number 4
. Again, I'm happy to pull up the ground cover a bit.
I would like to plant (in order of preference):
- berries (blackberry, raspberry, and/or strawberry)
- some herbs (there's already rosemary and parsley, but I'd like to add a few more)
- a lemon tree or some other fruit tree (I'm open to suggestions)
I'd love to put in feijoas, or a grapevine, but I assume I do not have space for those (I remember from when we grew feijoas when I was a kid that you need multiple trees in order for them to pollinate).
I don't want to bother with containers - I've grown things in containers the past ten years, and it's always been a losing battle with the Australian heat and pests.
So, where should I put what, and what else do I need to know?
For non-Canberrans, we have a climate that gets pretty hot in summer (a few weeks of over 40 C (104 F) each day and months of 30+ (90ish in F).) We get frosts and the occasional snow in winter, but it pretty much never stays on the ground. Winter days usually warm up to around 10 C (50 F) I know all of the above plants can grow quite happily in Canberra.