Herb Garden Planning Made Easy
The very first step to consider is utilizing your imagination. By free form thinking you can conceptualize your design before committing to planting any seeds. In this way you can essentially map out a few options before deciding on the perfect choice.
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Your practice layout should include any plants already existing in your garden that you’ll need to incorporate.
Then think about those edifices such as decks, patios or fences that are stationary. You will need to plan your garden around items that are fixed. The type of flowers and plants already existing in the garden should not be a hindrance to the health of your herb garden, such as blocking sunlight, water requirements and shade.
For example, it would not be wise to plant an imposing oak tree near your patio or construct a fence where the roots would disrupt it. Likewise you should take the same care when planning your herb garden.
Your next step is to determine your landscaping theme. What look are you hoping to achieve with your garden? Will it be round, square, interspersed with other garden elements are potted so they can be rearranged?
As you determine the look of your garden now is the time to put a discerning eye on those areas of your garden that may require a bit of sprucing up. You’ll need to consider soil preparation, water availability and drainage.
Just think about those future mornings and quiet evenings as you sit out on your patio and enjoy the fruits of your labor. As you enjoy your beverage of morning coffee or evening cocktail you can also enjoy the delectable aromas of your garden.
So don’t forget to include elements in the garden that will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, if you want to create that sort of atmosphere.
Think about the types of floral and fauna that are indicative to the four seasons of your particular state. Spring and summer you can look forward to abundant blooms of flowering plants. What sort of scene scape do you desire during the autumn season?
On paper you can map out ideas that involve fall blooming plants such as sweet autumn clematis, aster or toad lily to name a few. These plants provide your garden with an array of jewel toned blooms that brighten up any garden at this gloomy time of year.
Sketch out the borders of your garden. Each drawn square symbolizes one foot of the garden. If you have difficulty visualizing this concept there are free programs online that can help with your planning. Just do a search on garden landscaping and tool around until you find what you need.
If you plant a variety of shrubs, perennials and herbs remember to leave room. Crowding is one of the most common mistakes beginners make when planning the garden.
Remember the goal is to have an herb garden that is functional and pleasing to the sight and smell. Choose your herbs carefully; being sure to include the ones you’ll use most.
While most herbs flourish anywhere they are planted understand how the varieties you chose grow. If they spread give them space in the corner of the garden to do so. If they grow tall, be sure they are in the back of the garden. If you like the scents and blooms mix them accordingly.
An herb garden can be an envious plot in the entire garden when you plan beforehand.
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