Apr 10, 2014
8 tips for creating a garden oasis
With just a few changes you can turn your backyard into a beautiful oasis complete with a vegetable garden and a place to relax.
Add garden bedsSource: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
My daughter, Lily, and I plan the eight raised garden beds every winter. Five of the beds are filled with vegetables we can't live without—carrots, sugar snap peas, kale, potatoes, zucchini and onions. The other three contain perennial favourites—strawberries, rhubarb and a mix of David Austin roses and herbs. Roses in a vegetable garden may seem silly, but they always make me smile. Tip: Never use treated wood in your vegetable garden—the chemicals may leach into the soil.
Keep out the weedsSource: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
The older I get, the higher I want my vegetable beds. The garden consists of eight six- by four-foot raised beds, each constructed of wood planks and square posts at every corner. Inside, we laid down thick layers of newspaper and high-quality garden soil. The added height makes gardening easier on my back and keeps the weeds from creeping in at the sides.
Add a patio floorSource: Janis Nicolay Credits: Canadian Living
I could have added another bed to this spot, but that would have been boring. Old bricks were used to make a "floor," so this space would feel like a room. Add an old potting table, a salvaged green chair, a branch that Lily painted pink, and a big pot of mint, and it's mojitos at 5 o' clock. Tip: Always keep mint contained, or it will take over your garden!