Ideas for the small garden


For many, the traditional quarter acre block is a thing of the past, with a host of lifestyle changes seeing gardens shrink in size. Expensive land and higher density city living often result in the garden being restricted to a balcony or courtyard. Ageing baby boomers, who form that great bulge in the population, are retiring and moving into easy-to-manage townhouses, units or retirement villages. And, on the outskirts of cities, larger houses on smaller blocks have seen the backyard reduced to a narrow strip between the house and the steel fence.

But these changes haven’t meant that we’ve given up gardening. We’re just leaning to garden in different ways. Here are some useful tips:


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