Designing Your Garden for the First Time

Posted on Mar 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Designing Your Garden for the First Time | The Experienced Gardener 

A garden can be a source of great pleasure for many people. It can be quite rewarding to prepare the space, choose what you want to plant, seed the soil, and watch your garden grow.

But if you’re new to gardening, you may be wondering where to start.

 

The choices in front of you may seem daunting, let alone how to begin choosing what goes where. One thing to remember is not to get overwhelmed.

 

Designing and growing a garden is both an art and a science, and some things are going to work, and some are not. How do you know what works and what won’t? Mostly by trial and error. However, there are some key points to remember when designing your garden space to maximize what you have, what you produce, and minimize frustration and heartache.

 

Step 1. Decide what you want to grow.

The first thing you need to consider is what you’ll be planting. Have you always dreamed of having fresh herbs just a few steps away from your kitchen? Do you want to plant vegetables or fruit or both? Do you want to include flowers in the plan? What about plants that attract or deter pests?

 

When deciding on what to plant, consider how much light your garden will get. Tomatoes, peppers, and basil all need plenty of light and won’t produce well if you plant them where they won’t get all the sunshine they require. For fussy plants like these, map out space in the sunniest area of your garden.

Step 2. Determine your space needs

After you’ve decided what you want to plant, you’ll need to find out if you have enough space. You may soon realize that you won’t need that much space, and if you plant in containers, you’ll need even less.

 

Don’t bite off more than you can chew, especially if you’re new to gardening. You may find you can’t spend as much time as you’d like to maintain it, so a smaller plot is best. Keep in mind that well-maintained small garden will produce much better than a large weedy one. 

Step 3. Pick the perfect spot.

Additionally, when plotting out what goes where remember not to create shade. Don’t plant tall plants at the south end of the garden, as they’ll cast shadows on the shorter ones to the north.

 

Keep in mind that most vegetables need 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If they don’t get that, they may not produce, and they may become susceptible to disease.

 

You’ll also want to have a water source nearby as water is crucial to maintaining any garden.

Step 4. Enjoy the experience

Above all, we want your garden to be a source of pleasure and relaxation. Be sure to take the time to enjoy picking out your seeds, plotting your plots, and watering your flowers. When you enjoy what you do, the results will be all that more rewarding.

 

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