Life on the edge

Old shoes make for a fantastic garden edging while also freeing up cupboard space.
If you are using concrete, don’t forget to write your name into a nondescript corner somewhere
Old shoes make for a fantastic garden edging while also freeing up cupboard space.

SOMETIMES it becomes difficult to know where a garden stops and starts.

Is that ornamental rose in the garden or just growing wild?

Could that Japanese maple be on the nature strip or in my front yard?

Just because they’ve sat a garden gnome there, does that make that pile of tyres a garden?

One of the solutions to this is to use garden edging. It’s been used for centuries to bring conclusions to the above questions and also as a way of providing an outlet for leftover concrete after shed slab was poured.

If you are using concrete, don’t forget to write your name into a nondescript corner somewhere so future generations will find it and wonder: “Who was Sally 2013, and surely she could have afforded a trowel to achieve a better finish on this?”

As you’ve probably noticed (and as the Australian Celebrity Gardeners Awards committee clearly have not) I continually push new ideas and encourage people to go beyond the norm in terms of solving garden problems.

I’ve taken a similar attitude to garden edging. The days of Koppers logs, pine sleepers and plastic lattice are gone.

Great garden edging can be made from a series of old shoes. They bring colour and dynamism to the garden, and are handy if you’ve ever got to put the bins out on dewy grass.

Embracing garden edging could be about making the most of an opportunity. A friend of a friend realised the local council was re-surfacing the road out the front of her house so she quickly asked the workman if they would mind creating bitumen edging around her garden.

They said no, and proceeded to stop for lunch in front of her house so the smell of hot tar wafted through, but the idea was there.

Have you ever seen garden edging made from soft drink cans? No-one else ever has either, so there’s your opportunity to be first.

Nothing says “eye-catching edging” more than bones. A visit to the local abattoir might be worth it when you are looking over your newly formed vegie patch surrounded by 84 cattle scapulas.

So get edging.

Tip: An old soaker hose can be turned into a lovely bikini with a pair of scissors and an overlocker. Fabulous!

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DISCLAIMER: The information within this column is of a satirical nature and therefore the advice within should not be heeded. All views expressed here are the writer’s own.

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