SUG­GESTED PLANT­ING PLAN

Your Home and Garden - - Makeover -

1

OUTER EDGE

Plant wind-tol­er­ant, taller species around perime­ter of gar­den in mounded beds. Vary plant shapes and sizes to al­low air cir­cu­la­tion and views of val­ley. Stake plants well.

4

RISE UP

Build raised beds for vege gar­dens to op­ti­mise drainage. Con­sider in­stalling a self-wa­ter­ing sys­tem to re­duce evap­o­ra­tion. Lay pavers along­side for all-weather ac­cess. Po­si­tion close to house for ease of ac­cess and to de­ter rab­bits (rab­bit-proof fenc­ing may help).

2

SMALL FRY

Rather than large, green­house-raised plants, buy small plants that will adapt to the wind as they grow. Use the orig­i­nal soil mixed with com­post or good-qual­ity plant­ing mix. Build tem­po­rary wind screens to pro­tect plants as they es­tab­lish.

5

COVER UP

Mulch all plant­ings with fine bark as strong winds will rapidly de­plete soil of mois­ture. Plant ground­cov­ers to pro­tect soil and help pre­vent wind ero­sion.

3

GOOD EARTH

Plant shrubs along base of house to soften. To im­prove growth rates, pre­pare all gar­den ar­eas a month be­fore plant­ing by adding or­ganic mat­ter (com­post, sea­weed, an­i­mal ma­nure, blood and bone) and gyp­sum to the soil.

6

IN­NER CIR­CLE

Plant peren­ni­als and shrubs in raised or mounded beds within shel­tered ar­eas to add colour. In­clude grasses that will move in the wind and add a dy­namic qual­ity to the gar­den.

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