I need to create flowerbeds from scratch
March 26, 2012 4:40 AM Subscribe
We have a house with exactly zero flowerbeds (or landscaping in general for that matter) and it has no curb appeal whatsoever. THIS SHALL NOT STAND! I have some experience gardening, but creating beds from scratch seems a bit major at first glace. Help me make new flowerbeds, and help me make a good plan for our new beds.
posted by gwenlister to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
1. We're in Zone 5 (Central New Brunswick, Canada).
2. I intend to have a mix of perennials and annuals.
3. We are going to make one large bed in the front yard that will get lots of light.
4. We are going to make another medium sized bed in front of/around the flag pole that also gets lots of light.
5. We are going to make a third smaller bed that will get some shade from nearby trees, but will still a fair amount of light.
6. I'm not interested in vegetable gardening.
7. We don't have a gigantic amount of money to invest in this, and the flowers/plants themselves are going to cost a pretty penny, so the new beds need to be DIY.
I have experience gardening and have had a very successful garden at the place I lived at previous to this, but I've never gone zero to sixty garden wise before, so it is a big project. I have read on numerous sites that you don't HAVE to dig up the sod when making a new bed, that you can just layer newspaper/cardboard directly on to the sod, then cover it with a whack of compost/manure/black earth and then finish it with a layer of wood chips and let it sit for six weeks, keeping it watered and moist in that time, and then ta da! You have a new bed ready for planting! Is this reasonable? Sounds too good to be true.
Also, looking for some sites that could lend a hand in terms of helping me make logical choices for the things I plant in my fancy new beds. In a perfect world I'll still be able to have a fairly full, colourful garden this summer, even though it is all brand new. This may be unrealistic.