You may be an athlete but in many cities only the fortunate few have enough space to really enjoy themselves in their personal outdoor setting. If you are like others, your outdoor “space” is probably somewhere between the size of your kitchen or main bathroom. You thus find yourself trying to figure out how to make the best use of such a cramped area. Despite the limitations you may have several surprisingly creative and attractive choices. So pop on your track shoes from Journeys – or get some of their latest styles with your Groupon promo code for up to a 54% discount – and step out into your space and start planning what you intend to do.
One option can be to make what some call a “sand” or “pebble garden.” This is an variation of an oriental landscaping technique, using sand or stones of different textures and colors to create unique attractive patterns. You can add one or two individual bushes or trees at sites or install a bench or seat. Many add a fountain or birdbath.
Another option is to plant selected ground covers; available at most gardening shops. Pick out those that grow best with limited lighting and require minimal care. An attractive strategy is to use a ground cover with a certain type of leaf pattern, and a different leaf type in a vine that climbs the walls. Some people try growing grapes along their walls; others prefer ivy. You want to minimize the maintenance required while making it a place for relaxing. Use a Groupon coupon to buy sandals to wear when sitting outdoors.
Your third choice is to install a raised garden bed. This is not too complicated but requires the most attention. First put a layer of thick plastic on the ground. Then build a frame of timbers at least 6 inches in height around the area border. Fill the space created with topsoil to a depth of at least 4 to 5 inches. Once completed you will have a space where you can grow numerous different edible vegetables and herbs. Popular items include tomatoes, bush beans, green peppers, peas, lettuce, squash or eggplant. Popular herbs are chives, parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme. A raised garden requires more attention, but it produces fresh vegetables, making one it most attractive to try for use of small outdoor spaces.