In October last year, a lovely senior lady contacted me in regards to cleaning and re-designing her small patio garden. She loves gardening but found she could not do the manual labour of weeding, digging and replanting some of her potted plants and some of the plants that were already in her garden.
Small garden spaces are a challenge and take some getting used to…not to mention they try your patience at the worst of times. Such small spaces make for cramped quarters for the gardener and can cause cramped muscles, short fuses and damaged areas if not careful from miss-steps in the garden area itself. After many many small garden projects for many garden owners (as well as my own small garden space) I have discovered that often times these small spaces can take as much time and sometimes more then a larger space, due to the confined quarters. What I truly love is the final display of the garden owners design. Sometimes, the design is left up to me and sometimes (most times) Mother Nature shows you how the garden should look…if we really open our visual telepathy we will see the plants characteristics…in terms of colour, size, growing patterns, leaf patterns and flowering times…then the design picture comes to light…such was this garden…it really just unfolded as I weeded and cleaned the area.
Eva is a lovely lady who waited since last October as it froze up before I could get to her garden and was kind and patient enough to wait for me to get to her re-design this spring. A sincere thank you Eva for giving me the opportunity to beautify your outdoor space…it really was a pleasure for me and I am so very please that you are happy with the end result…hope you enjoy your patio all season long! Cheers Eva !
Total length of time was 5 hours…which included weeding and mulching her front gardens as well, although I did not include before and after pics as I forgot to take them. Total cost to her was $175.00 which included the mulch costs. The plants that were in pots she had me plant into the ground. With the exception of her mint…because if you have ever grown mint you know how invasive it is. In a small garden like Eva’s, the mint would have spread to every area of her garden by fall. So we agreed that I should heal in the entire pot with the mint in it. I dug the hole 3\4 the depth of the pot and placed the pot in the hole and filled in around it. The pot will maintain the mint in the pot and not allow it to travel throughout the garden area. It will go to seed and spread that way but it will be much slower and easier to manage…just by pulling out the seedlings as they sprout.