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Help! Planting bed paved over!

Posted by concretejungle 4 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 13, 08 at 17:49

Due to grade/groundwater problems, the foundation planting bed in front of my condo is gone and I'm left with a vent pipe and blacktop right up to the siding.

I tried massing containers of various sizes but there is a lot of foot traffic here and and people started stealing them within an hour of my placing them out there. Plus, last summer the pavement started to crack and sprout thistles - ugh!!!

Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't have much gardening experience and what I am familiar with are alpine shade plants and dealing with clay soil so this is totally foreign to me.

I've been wondering if it would be feasible to build three shallow "beds" out of railroad ties; fill them with burlap tubes full of soil; spread mulch, pebbles or other camouflage over that and then cut holes in and plant shallow rooted ground covers and herbs. What do you think?

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RE: Help! Planting bed paved over!

Large heavy clay or ceramic pots are very hard to steal, but don't forget about drainage. Be creative. You could use whiskey barrels or build yourself some sort of raised bed.

RE: Help! Planting bed paved over!

get a dog not one of those cute little babie syou carry everywhere, and keep in a special puppy cradle, but one of those big dogs, also know as a gentle giant, german shepards, saintbernards, great danes, (bull mastifs or a rotweiler if your looking for a fiercer look, yet gentle spirit)
have your dog outside when people are walking by.

the most people will stay far away from your yard=) and your plants=)

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