My Great Outdoors: Kim's Ever-Changing Garden

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Name: Kim
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type of space: Garden
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: I spend at least 15 hours a week in my garden in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, I spend time in the garden getting it ready for the next spring. We have slowly been digging out our grass to make way for my next project! I love the garden when it's full. It's always a project (I created it to be that way). I look forward to dead heading my roses to make way for new buds. If you see a plant in a particular place one day, you may find it has moved the next...

How did you create it?
I used a lot of recycled things. Old bricks that I found in alleys, stepping stones that had been discarded, wood, glass, metal from job sites. I took it home and stored it. My pond was created using an old pump from a project that didn't work, stones from a job site, transplanted plants from my garden, or seeds I'd found on nature walks. The total cost of the pond, $0. I'm not afraid to throw seeds out and see what happens. My sunflowers came from the bird feeder. I grabbed a couple handfulls and threw them all over the garden.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?
Anything recycled. Get creative! I try not to use chemicals in my garden. Instead, I'll use Skin-So-Soft by Avon (1 part Skin-So-Soft to 2 parts water), then I spray it on my roses and arms to keep mildew and pests away. I also love Sunset magazine for ideas.

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