My Great Outdoors: Lissette128's Allentown Patio

My Great Outdoors: Lissette128's Allentown Patio

Aaron Able
Jun 16, 2009

Name: Lissette128
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Type of space: Patio & Garden
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: My row home in a downtown area is nearly 100 years old, so I've done a lot of work since I bought it five years ago. For the past two years, I've been focused on the garden. I'm so excited to finally be able to enjoy BBQs and home-grown veggies. I think one of the advantages of having a small outdoor space is that you can go all out on materials and design and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. And no space is too small that you can't plant a couple of vegetable plants and herbs...

How did you create it? This was definitely a drawn-out project. The first thing we did was build the fence. My neighbors and I pretty much spent an entire summer working on it. We chose a shadow-box design so that it wouldn't stifle any breezes. We also had to work around my tree. We basically built the fence into the tree. We wanted privacy from the alley that runs behind our homes, but we didn't want to close off our yards completely so we designed the fence so that it slopes upwards. It's 5 feet high in the back but only 4 feet high in the lower patio section of the garden.

The next summer, I worked on the hardscaping for the patio and walkway. I didn't want to spend another summer working on the yard so I hired that job out but I did all the landscaping. I don't have a green thumb so it's been a lot of trial and error. I also made sure to leave about a 4x4 space for veggies and herbs. This will be the third year I've had tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil and oregano straight from the garden. I added strawberry and two blueberry plants this year. Can't wait to harvest those!

Recommended store, site, product or resource? We have a lot of great nurseries in our area and I think they are great resource especially for beginners. They can help you figure out the best plants in your area and many offer free workshops and courses.

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