Hey there fellow gardeners...thank you for the great comments on the last post!
Did any one notice that I left out #4?
Obviously my head was in the compost bin while I was writing ....
So here is # 4
Biodiversity and Sustainability
Essentially what that means is, when you create your garden you should give some thought as to how you can offer support to the Eco system by means of the variety of plants that you choose and creating more diverse habitats for plants, insects, birds and other species.
The sustainability part is to choose plants that will grow for a very long time with out using tons of water, fertilizers and require a huge amount of effort.
I can't tell you how different my yard is now from three years ago...just by counting the number of different bird species that nest in my garden....so it's working!
Now on to #6
Match the style of your garden to your house
I know this sounds really simplistic but we have all seen it right?...the house down the street that is a colonial style house but has a garden with
and a Buddha statue
You get the point!
#7 Break it down
Create distinct areas or zones that you can manage and work on them until they are looking really great.
It helps when you are shopping for plants'
to know exactly where the plants will go
and how they will be arranged,
if you are thinking about just a specific area of the garden
and not the whole yard.
#8. Create a garden that fits your lifestyle
Not everybody has the time,
space or energy to have a big huge veggie garden or an orchard.
I have gotten more joy from a tiny patch of front yard on a 30 foot lot...just planting and clipping and enjoying a sunny day.
I never felt bad when I didn't have a big grassy back yard or a chicken coop....just garden with what you've got, even if its an apartment balcony!
#9 What you don't see matters
Drainage, soil prep and proper irrigation....
really boring stuff but it really is the key to a great garden.
We are constantly tweaking or irrigation system...I mean like every week, as the weather changes!
Take the time to get your beds in good working order before you plant.
Don't forget to use lots of organic amendments too!
If you have a vegetable garden,
each time you start a new bed you will need to add soil boosters and compost to replenish the soil for really healthy vegetables.
#10 Plan for the future
Even if you don't know how long you will be in your current home it's nice to know that you did your best and that the things you did will be there years from now and enjoyed by others.
When I am long gone I know this garden will still be here...that's really nice to know!
I decided to add more more thing to the list....#11
Plant some thing to eat!
It is so fun to eat what you grow
even if its just a little cherry tomato or an herb!
So those are some of my ideas on how to create a really great garden!
On the next post I will show you how I have my binder set up and a few ideas that might help you set up one of your own!
Have a great day....and happy gardening!