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I know it's December, and planting food and flowers seems too far away to worry about; but thinking about these things ahead of time is very important to me (since I'll be planting cabbage and Brussels Sprouts as earlier as February next year!) December and January are the best months for planning; and hopefully I can encourage you to do the same ;)
SIMPLE & FREE WAYS YOU CAN SPICE UP YOUR YARD
I remember before I became a gardener, I wanted to transform my yard into a Japanese-secret-garden-scene. I love the mystery in a Japanese Garden; and actually my dream was (and still is) to be able to get lost in the never-ending paths of lush greenery. Doesn't everyone want to have a yard that looks like paradise?
To me, gardening is much more than growing free food; there is an artistic expression in gardening, in that we're creating life and beauty for everyone to admire...
Your home as well as your yard should be a place that comforts and relaxes you. And you can create this atmosphere in your yard by using free, re-purposed, recycled, and reused materials around you. I have two similar posts "Raised Bed Garden Ideas & Using Free materials" and "What's the best, free material to use for raised beds?" if you're curious to see how I used free materials around my house.
To all of you that want your yard professional-looking, I have listed methods on decorating your yard for free, as well as post pictures for inspiration and creativity:
1. ROCKS (or stones)
Rocks can be found (for free) in creek beds, around your house, and in the woods to decorate your yard. You can literally find big rocks anywhere you go. Rocks are also versatile to use when landscaping because you can create a raised bed (for growing food), rock paths, steps, walls, etc. With free rocks alone, I made a small patio and a raised bed!
|Photo and post here @ HomeWorkshop.com|
|WANT TO DO THIS? TUTORIAL HERE @ "THE SAGE BUTTERFLY"|
|Photo and post here @ "Gardenerd"|
|Photo and post here @ Growing The Home Garden|
|Photo and post here @ Nature Photography Blog|
|Photo and post here @ Homesteading on the Internet|
2. WOOD (Free pallets, logs, etc)
|My partner and I built this!|
Photo and post @ Curtis and Kaye Absher
|Source: DIY Network|
You could also use BAMBOO!
3. Homemade Ponds
Ponds are a great addition for an exotic appeal, to your yard; but they can also serve as a water source for your plants, veggies, and fruits.
|Photo and post here|
Mulch is best used for adding nutrients to plants; preventing weeds from growing around your plants; and trapping moisture. Mulch can also be a very attractive way of landscaping your yard. Also, if you don't want to build raised beds (with pallets) or form a raised bed with rocks, you could PILE mulch in long rows without any materials to hold in the dirt/mulch for planting.
|picture source here|
5. Other props (think unique)
|Photo and post here @ Under the Table and Dreaming. Check out Stephanie's post for more unique ways of displaying and growing food!|
|Photo and post here @ Under the Table and Dreaming|
|Find post and photo here @ Miss Thrifty|
As I mentioned, I have two similar posts on re-purposing materials to grow food here: "Raised Bed Garden Ideas & Using Free materials" and "What's the best, free material to use for raised beds?"
Remember to use whatever materials are close to hand; and never buy anything new if you can reuse something old.