How To Plan A Garden Right

Things You Should Know About Gardening

by: David Kurshel

  • 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 defore 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

    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.
    About the author:
    David Kurshel is the webmaster of
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