Natasha’s gar­den tips

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HOME DESIGN -

Live with your home and its gar­den, your cli­mate and its con­di­tions be­fore you de­cide to build a gar­den. Learn from what you ob­serve. Pre­pare be­fore you plant. Turn soil over if it’s com­pacted, add com­post if re­quired and pre­pare your gar­den beds so any­thing you plant has the best chance. Plants in com­pacted soils will strug­gle, as will those in sandy soils that haven’t had some­thing added to hold the mois­ture. Work with what you have, not against it. Pe­onies will never grow in the wrong cli­mate, no mat­ter how much you wish they would. Clivias will never grow where there are heavy frosts. Dark shaded ar­eas un­der trees are al­ways go­ing to be chal­leng­ing to grow things, so in­stead imag­ine them as a beau­ti­ful shady spot to re­treat to in sum­mer. Think about your gar­den as an ex­pe­ri­ence rather than a col­lec­tion of plants. Ask your­self, how do I want to in­habit this space? This will help you get an im­age of how the space should work. The plants should come last.

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