Tips for Mapping Out Your Garden

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Tips for Mapping Out Your Garden

I’ve got a few tips for mapping out your garden!  Designing a garden from scratch is the ideal situation for any gardener because it gives you the chance to add in the options that you want instead of working with what someone else’s vision of a good idea. With a little planning and know how you can design and map out your garden layout for this and every season. Being able to clearly see what you want to grow.  Where you are going to grow it and know a little about the space that you have makes gardening so much easier and efficient.

Mapping out your garden

No matter how big or small the garden that you will be mapping is, use these tips to help you map out your garden this summer and design a space you’ll look forward to spending time in every day.


Taking Stock

In order to figure out what you can plant, you need to know what you have. Take stock of your garden space, the growing conditions and garden hardware that you have available to support the garden. If you’ve gardened in the same spot previous years, make note of what work best in what spot, what failed and what needed more or less room.


Draw Out Your Garden

In order to map out your garden, you have to have draw it out so that you can envision where you want each plant to go. This doesn’t have to be super specific, but it does need to have the general shape and size for the garden so that you can allot plants and garden implements into each are.  You can reuse the garden diagram for multiple plantings throughout the growing season, using multiple plans to map out an early summer garden and then a late summer garden map.


Plan Each Bed

In order to make sure that you buy and order enough plants, seeds and achieve the look that you want, it is important that every bed in your garden is planned out. Whether you are trying to map out a large kitchen garden, a shade garden or full yard garden every individual bed needs planning. Sometimes garden beds have more of an impact when each bed or section of a bed contains just one variety of plant, visually and otherwise. Think about the gardens you’ve seen and liked, and try to include design elements that you can easily implement into one garden.


Leave Room For Spontaneity

One of the great things about gardening is there is always room for improvement, changes and surprises. Make sure that you leave some sections of the garden open for flower choices that you find as the season goes along. You never know when you are going to spot something you love, or come across a neighborhood plant sale that leaves you with flowers not on your garden map.


Shop For Plants Early

Mapping out the garden when there is still snow on the ground is a great start, but in order to make the time spent mapping out your plans worth it you need to start shopping for the plants that you want early. Shop seed and plant catalogs or online stores, talk to local nurseries and greenhouses and find out what plants and varieties they are going to have available this summer, and when they bring out the plants that you are looking for.  Shopping early ensures that you get the best pic of everything and are able to recreate your mapped out garden as much as possible.


Be sure to check out our Raised Garden bed  and Daisy Garden posts!  I think you will like them!

One of our favorite gardening books is the All New Square Foot Gardening, Second Edition: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space

Gardening Tip: I don’t think I could garden without the use of my Garden Bucket Caddy I purchase last year. It has been extremely helpful and I highly recommend it!  I put my cell phone in one of the spaces so it doesn’t get dirty or wet.

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