As the warm summer days arrive, now is the perfect time to think about reimagining your garden. Whether you have a small patch of land or a large green space that needs taming, it’s possible to redesign it and create space for your own produce.
No matter the shape or size, you can make your garden a space to be proud of. Here are some top tips to help you get started.
Look at your lawn
While having a lawn can be lovely, it needs a lot of attention, especially in the warmer months when the grass grows quickly. If you’re looking for a way to minimise the mowing time, it could be worth making your lawn smaller. Bring in the borders to reduce the grassy space and create wider beds. You can then add vibrant plants and even trees to make your garden colourful and interesting.
If you’re planning on investing in saplings and other foliage the costs can mount up, so it’s worth accounting for these before you begin. The expense can be worth it though, as you can reap the rewards of your garden for years to come – just be sure to keep up with monthly repayments if you do take out a loan to finance any updates you make.
Plan it out
From growing beautiful flowering plants to creating a vegetable patch to be proud of, for your revamped garden to be successful you’ll need to carefully plan it out. Begin by doing some research. What plants do you want to grow? Do you know how to care for them?
To help you work out what could fit best, draw up a list of what you’d need for your dream garden, look up when it’s best to plant everything, and then sketch out the optimal location for each addition.
How much you put into the planning process depends on what you’re bringing in. If you’re planning a combination of flowers, shrubs and a fruit and veg patch, for example, you’d need a different plan for your produce from the rest of your plants. This is because every fruit and vegetable have their own cycle and you’ll need to work out a schedule for planting, tending, and harvesting them.
Pick a plot
Whether you’ve reduced your lawn to make way for a vegetable patch where you can grow your own or you’ve already got an area in mind, it’s important that you find a good spot. Any fruit and veg that you’re planning on growing will need access to light.
Check the soil’s right too. It needs to be moist and well-drained. Also, try to avoid planting in a space that’s exposed to the elements. You can invest in products that shield your crops, but by getting the location right to begin with you’re more likely to have a successful harvest.
If things don’t go to plan, try again. You can experiment with different plants and re-jig the space until you find the optimal layout. This is your chance to make your garden your own.