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As bare land becomes more scarce steep gardens are becoming more common. Here are some ideas on how to successfully develop these sites.
To make use of as much of the site as possible terrace using small retaining walls or rocks (remember that any wall over 1 metre requires engineering advice). Use local rocks if possible as this will give a more natural effect.
To ensure plants do not dry out, plant them in hollows dug into the slope. These hollows will collect rainfall. A deep mulch around each plant will keep it moist and help prevent soil erosion.
It is often better to lay lawn turf, as lawn seed can be washed away. If necessary secure turf in position with pegs until established.
Chicken wire pegged across site can help to hold soil and mulch in place. Plants can be planted through it.
Creating a Food System for Your Space
At www.greenurbanliving.co.nz you can learn how to grow vegetables, compost, make organic fertiliser sprays or living green manure crops to feed your soil. If your plants are being munched by pests learn how to make your own pest sprays and collect seed to grow vegetables year after year. By keeping chickens and using them to do your gardening you can cut down on the time you have to spend on weeding and fertilising your garden.
One of the main reasons why I garden is to get my three boys outside and being closer to nature. Gardening for kids teaches them where food comes from and creates an environment fun for kids to be a part of. We grow gourds to make birdhouses and grow popcorn to eat.