How to Choose a Garden

How to choose a garden overwhelming because of not being sure on how to tell which type of garden layout is the best kind for you?

Don’t get stressed out over it.  Sit down with a notebook and a pen and think about some of these factors that will help you determine what type of garden is the best fit for you.

How much land do you have to devote to a garden?

Will your garden cover your entire back yard or front yard, or just a portion of your yard? Do you want a small, tidy garden or a large sprawling garden? Many people think they want a huge garden until they realize how much work goes into making a big garden beautiful.  If you are just a beginning gardener you may want to start small and not invest a lot of time or money into your garden until you’re sure it’s something you want to stick with.

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How much gardening experience do you have?

If you are not an experienced gardener you will have a lot to learn.  On how to choose a garden it may be best to start with a smaller garden that will allow you to start over if you make mistakes.  A smaller garden will also make it easier for you to practice getting soil PH levels correct to grow plants and to experiment with different fertilizers, composting, and mulches to see what works the best in your particular type of soil.

How much time can you realistically spend caring for your garden?

There’s nothing worse than having an untended garden. If you don’t have enough time to properly care for and nurture a huge garden then maybe you should plant a small garden unless you can afford to hire someone to care for the garden when you can’t.  You could also lose a lot of money if your plants die from neglect.  If you are an experienced gardener who has lots of time to devote to a garden then you can probably handle having a very large garden where someone who is new to gardening or has health issues or time issues may not be able to.

Are you physically able to garden?

Gardening might not seem like it would be very physically difficult but it can be tough to spend a lot of time doing repetitive tasks like planting, weeding, watering, and other garden chores. Even though gardening is gentle physical activity, it is still physical activity and it might be tough for some people who have joint problems, arthritis, or other degenerative conditions to garden on a regular basis.  You don’t have to be super fit to garden, but you do need to be able to perform the basic physical tasks associated with gardening.

If you do have trouble moving around or being in the same position for a long time then you might want to know how to choose a garden that doesn’t require a lot of upkeep, like a Wildflower garden, so that you can still have a beautiful garden but physically taking care of the garden won’t be so hard for you to do.

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