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How To Plan A Garden

by David Kurshel of
biogardening.com (no longer online)

Gardening is a hobby that brings joy, entertainment, and a better
quality of life. It is a creative activity, the result
of which is a more aesthetically appealing home. Thoughtful
planning of a garden starts with the type of garden
you would like to have. Deciding on a type of garden is
essential before choosing which design elements to include. 

Will your garden be just a place to plant a bunch of
flowers, which will blossom only during the growing season? 

Or would you rather have a thoughtfully-chosen herb garden? 

Or maybe just a vegetable plot?  

Another issue to
consider is the climate in your location. It can
be surprising how little we know about the facts, figures
and statistics of the weather where we live. You may want
to consult an online map to get statistical data regarding
climate elements like rainfall per month or average
temperatures.

The next step, after having decided about the type of
garden and after investigating the local climate,
is to figure out the plants that you would like to
grow in your garden. Think of plants that are
suitable for the duration of the growing season in
your location and that will survive the changes in temperature,
typical for your location.

The thoughtful planning of a garden involves one more factor to
consider – how much shade is necessary for each of the plants.
You need to make sure that there is enough light all over
the places you plan to plant your garden.

When you
have finished with planning in theory, it is time to
start planning the plots in your garden. Again, think for a
good plan – one that brings joy, is easy to keep to, and at
the same time efficiently uses the available space. Think
about where to place plants that require a lot of sunlight.
The best place for such plants is away from buildings
and taller trees because these block the light at daytime.

Deciding which plants to grow near the house, and
which should be in the open also requires some
thought. If you prefer the sunshine streaming
through your windows, then you are best not to have bulky trees or
bushes near the house, where they will block the
sunlight.  

If you have decided that you will be
growing herbs and vegetables, the best place for
them is near the house. When they are near the
house, it is more likely that you will be using
them for cooking. Besides convenience, you should also think
about the location of vegetables as far as their needs for
sunlight are concerned. This is especially true if yours is
mainly a vegetable garden.  

Last, but not least,
take into account your personal preferences, when
designing a garden. If there are particular extras
you would like to have, for instance winding
pathways or gazebos, include them in the initial design
of the garden. Your outdoor garden is constrained only by the limits of
your creativity and the growing season in
your location.


 

 


 

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