Smarten up your act and use the edge

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plant in front of the fenceToday I’m giving a shout out to the forgotten edge. Most often assigned to a life of weed-eating and fussing about, edges bring a golden opportunity and done well can save you a heap of work.

Put the edges of your gardens/ fences/ structures to good use and plant them up – fill them with useful, but beautiful herbs and companion flowers. Such useful gardens these, they provide

  • a tonne of ingredient for mulch and compost
  • feed the bees and beneficials
  • a handy dandy place to rot down big chunky prunings like corn stalks and sunflowers
  • herbs for teas, medicine and eating
  • perennial vegetables
  • flowers 😍

My goal is to grow as much of my mulch as possible, and these edge gardens are where the bulk of my mulch come from.

useful edges

The edge of the berry-house grows borage, calendula, parsley, pineapple sage, yarrow and poppys. Every now and then I need to clear the path to the gate and bonus!, score a pile of mulch.

mulch harvest

Which today gets used to mulch the potatoes

mulched

Work the edge and lessen your workload

lavendar hedge

The hard edges in front of fences/ sheds etc are high maintenance areas. Plant them up to create a soft edge where the mower can go right up to them (or just plant the whole lawn up 🙂 )

Forgo all your house and garden urges and don’t use hard edges (sleepers, bricks, stones et all), round your gardens. They harbour hard to get rid of weeds and when joining a lawn require special treatment ie swap the mower for the weed eater.

Stop marooning your trees (planting them on their own in the lawn). Instead plant under them and take the edge out to the dripline or beyond. Grow whatever it is the tree needs (or you need) beneath the tree. For better health and to eliminate the silly job of weeding around the base of your tree.