Its My Home : 2016
29 WHEN YOU’VE GOT SOME LAND TO PLAY WITH We encourage everyone to draw a plan up in scale before you start. Go around with a tape measure and mark in all the boundaries, where the windows and doors are. From there, work out how you want to use your space. Do you want an outdoor table or a lounge somewhere? Or have you got room for both? Do you want to grow herbs or an active area for the kids? Is there a dog you need to accommodate, do you want a sandpit for the kids, or do you want to hang the washing out somewhere? Once you work out your brief you can decide what you will fit in. Next, assess your budget to see what you could afford and consider the aspect too when making any decisions around placement of these. For example, you’ll want your clothes line to be on the northerly or westerly side of your garden as opposed to the southerly. You’ll also want to avoid creating seating areas in a shady spot that could get dark and damp in winter. Most of the time the soil is fine and it just needs treating. If it’s really sandy soil it doesn’t hold a lot of nutrients or water so you need to alter the texture. If it’s very clay heavy soil it can be very waterlogged so you need to add gypsum and organic matter to break that down. Have a look at the soil by having a dig around different areas of the backyard and adjust your plant choices according to the nature of the soil you are dealing with. We suggest irrigation to all our clients so if you can budget for this it’s a worthwhile investment. For a small garden for a professional to install it would be $1000- 1500 which is insurance for the plants. If you have some space for grass it will really make it feel like it’s a garden rather than a courtyard. We suggest Sir Walter buffalo but if it’s shady we go for a lawn substitute ground cover like a dichondria or native violet. Both grow really well in THE BEST INDOOR PLANTS n Ficus lyrata n Mother in law’s tongue is extremely tough indoors n Philodendrons n Birds nest fern n Pencil cactus ADAM’S PICK CONSIDER THE EXISTING ARCHITECTURE WHEN CHOOSING THE STYLE OF YOUR GARDEN SO THEY TIE TOGETHER AND COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER the sun and in the shade. Overall a small garden that you are installing yourself will cost $5000-10,000 depending on the size and maturity of the plants. Don’t forget to budget for site clearing and tip disposal fees. For more green inspiration or to find out about Adam’s workshops head to adamrobinsondesign.com Photography:NatalieHunfalvay.Pictures:FreedomFurniture.