Hi from Caz
One of the things I do at this time of year is start to think about what I want to do in the garden next year. I think about the plants I have and what will come back and what will die out and need to be removed.
This year I have been better at buying perenials and trying to plant in the right place so the bigger ones are at the back. This is something I do have a problem with, I forget things grow, lol.
Of course in the veggie patch, everything comes out at the end of the season and in spring I start with a bare piece of land. I have a plan of what I want to plant where.
The size thing caught me out this year, and my corgette plants, just 2, have grown quite big. Thankfully they have yielded a great crop so no harm done but it is a lesson I will jot down in my garden journal. Last year I planted my tomatoes far too close together and also put the bamboo supports in wrong. This year I have done better.
Gardening is a learning process. Each year it's easier and your confidence grows as you develop and establish your garden.
Hi from MadDi. It's a while since I started a garden from scratch, BUT I have learnt from mistakes that I have made and from designers of gardens that I have inherited! So I can just give you a few tips.
- THINK about the kind of garden you want. Do you need place for children to play, for animals to run about, a place to sit and chill? The garden should be an extension of your home.
- DRAW a sketch of the garden and mark where the sun rises and sets, where the wind comes from, where you want shade etc. Then plan the areas you need.
- When you understand where the shady areas are and the sunny areas, you can select plants appropriately
- THINK before you buy and plant. Plants are expensive.
- READ the labels on the plants - how big will the plant become; then positon it and space it accordingly.
- Plant LESS rather than more - remember that the plant will grow to fill the space. You can always fill up with annuals until the plants are established
- PLANT in odd numbers 1, 3, 5 or 7. I like to 'mass' plants so fill a whole bed of agapanthus or clivia. You will be rewarded by a glorious display when they flower.
- Flower beds should be big and curvy NOT skinny! LOL according to me)
- Of course the colours you choose are important- I like a white garden Have you any idea how many whites there are?
- You have a canvas, so put your gloves on, have fun, and take lots of photographs. Season by season, you will see the growth and the change in your garden.
Massed plants - agapanthus look great even when they are not in flower We must have about 33 agapanthus in this bed and the great thing is you can divide them and plant another bed!
Curvy beds - I mean BIG curves:
Love from Di
Thanks for visiting :)