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Sep 27

Shade Garden

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 4:35 PM by Ann Vallee

poppy for blogMarin-Friendly Garden in Fairfax

shade garden thumbnailIn a garden tucked away under the tree canopies of Fairfax, homeowner Laura has managed to create a lovely oasis that happily thrives in the shade. Accented by unique recycled materials, permeable pathways and a colorful library/office space (refurbished from an old shed), this landscape surely inspires others to brave the shade! 

Diligent soil care is at the heart of this garden and is the recipe for success for a flourishing landscape. Leaf litter from oak trees is collected, chipped and put to work as mulch, and homemade compost is created from kitchen scraps and busy worm boxes. Fava beans serve as nitrogen fixers, further enriching the soil. In addition to showcasing her master soil skills, Laura also shares with us her philosophy on the benefits of connecting with your garden. Watch the video below and scroll down for more photos. 

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