Gardening can be one of the most rewarding activities you will ever do. It can also be the most time consuming.
It doesn’t matter if your garden is big or small, or if you plant it raised beds or in plant pots – you have to start with a garden design.
Before designing your garden, you should have an idea of what you want to plant and how big your garden is going to be. It is also important to take into consideration the topography of your garden when you decide to plant.
Some issues with the topography may have to be dealt with first before you can start planting, especially if you will be gardening in a space that isn’t leveled.
This article will cover the factors that you need to consider when designing a garden.
Several factors determine the size of your garden. These factors include the following: the existing area of your lot, the time you can devote to your garden, and your budget.
The area that you have to work with can affect the outcome of your garden. A little resourcefulness is needed if you’re working with a small yard or an indoor garden.
If this is the case, you can always use containers such as pots or portable planters. You can also utilize vertical space by elevating plant containers, either by hanging them on the ceiling or stacking them on shelves.
Trellises can also come in especially handy if you’re working with crawling plants.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that a big space is easier to plan for. Since you’ll be planting in a larger area, you need to factor in how you can water it efficiently with minimum waste.
If you want to plant different varieties of vegetables next to each other, you need to do a bit of research about companion planting.
Your gardening time is another criterion you have to consider when evaluating the garden size that best suits your home.
If you do not have much time to spare, keep a smaller garden. Remember that the bigger your garden is, the more time you will have to spend taking care of it, and the more it usually costs.
Most houses in urban and suburban areas usually have a flat yard ideal for laying out planting beds. In some cases, however, gardeners would find themselves with a hilly or a sloping topography.
It is much easier to plant on level surfaces than it is to plant on a bumpy or hilly surface. An unleveled garden can also result in areas of poor drainage.
For hilly surfaces, you have the option of leveling it out by filling out depressions and by flattening out any bumps.
In this process, you should refrain from compacting the ground extensively as it can affect the soil’s ability to drain water later on.
For sloping areas, you can work with them as you would a flat surface. Just ensure that the depressions and bumps are addressed accordingly.
Sloping areas also require special considerations when it comes to irrigation. Always water from the top of the slope and make sure that any accumulated water at the bottom drains properly.