Thursday, May 1, 2014

Small Space Gardening

Small spaces may present some gardening challenges but with a bit of planning and careful thought you can create a great garden in the tiniest of places. Be it backyard, balcony, or rooftop, the space can be transformed into a green oasis.
To get started ask yourself the following questions:
  1. How do you currently use the space? Is it a quiet getaway; a place for you children to play, or pets to roam, for entertaining?
  2. What do you want to grow, herbs, flowers, annuals, perennials, shrubs, fruit tees, vegetables?
  3. Thinking about a water feature?
  4. Do you use it as an outdoor office?
Once you have answered these questions, here are a few more to ponder.
  1. How much money are you willing to spend, on hardscaping, plants, watering system and décor, lights, garden art?
  2. How much time do you have to look after your garden?
  3. What specific challenges do you need to address, sunlight blocked by nearby buildings for example, ugly view?
  4. Measure the space and draw a plan. You do not need to be an artist but setting in down on paper will help you focus.

You are now ready to create you garden plan, an of course, there are more questions.

  1. Are you growing in containers? If so, you need to select containers that are the appropriate size for the plants you choose and fit in with your overall décor.
  2. Is there a view you which to hid? If yes, then you may want to include a trellis and a climbing plant such as English ivy or you could consider ornamental grasses; it depends upon the situation.
  3. Do you want to add lighting, furniture, garden art? If you do they must flow with the design.
  4. Think up, small spaces are ideal for growing vertically; you can use trellises and other supports or stackable plant holders for herbs, for example.
  5. Fill in all the items that will be in your garden on the plan, again, accurate representation is not the goal, only you need to be able to understand it. Label items, such as chair, light rose, peas.

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