A few weeks ago I made a new garden area by preparing with soil, cardboard, compost and mulch. But you can make a garden another way too. This way is definitely the lazy way to do it. It works just fine but the key is to compost the holes you dig for the plants well. This method also does not allow for perennials to spread into one another so that is something to keep in mind.
First find an unexpected spot.
“Hey! How about this mess of a spot by the driveway where the kids will walk all over it?”
How about this spot where I had all those rocks dumped?
Another thing I had ordered too much of. I seem to have a problem with that!
After finding your perfect location mark your area with an edger. This is at the edge of my driveway. It was a gravelly mess. Where it was quite gravelly we were supposed to put a rock, that never happened so I placed a container there instead.
Use plastic edging if you like to define the area.
Use a professional grade weed barrier. They work amazingly well and for several years.
I used those excess rocks here to define the edge of the border and hold everything in place.
Stand back and wonder what the heck you were thinking. Only allow a short time for this.
Finishing mapping out your area with weed barrier.
Now add your plants, mulching around them. Add compost to all plants every year including when you plant them. Keep watered for the first two years.
Here is the garden border in it’s second year.
Unfortunately for this garden. I have decided to take it out. The location is limiting my long term lofty landscaping plans. :( Thus the big garden I just prepped.
So that’s the lazy way to make a garden. I am sure it makes the experts groan, but when you are pressed for material and time it works! You don’t even have to mulch it right away, that can be done at anytime.
What shortcuts do you have up your sleeve when it comes to yard work? I need some new ones!