My space is small, but I want a pretty garden. I have a small budget too. I can do the work myself. Where do I start?
You can do alot for free. Take advantage of local state’s extension office, library, arboretum or free conservatory courses.
Utilize online resources, especially the extension office of your state’s agricultural universities. Learn how to assess your site: sun, moisture, soil, views, animal control (deer, rabbits, groundhogs).
Go online and look at examples on how to plan a garden.
If you still need help, invest in an hourly consult with a landscape designer to point you in the right direction.
Final Words of Advice
for every type of gardener.....
Have fun: Spending time outdoors is a gift and a respite from the busy lives we lead. Gardening is great exercise for the body and soul.
Read Plant Tags: Know your planting zone, sun and water requirements. Plant the right plant in the right spot.
Get Help: Prevent costly mistakes by contacting your state's extension offices, and visit websites, libraries, local garden centers, courses at arboretums & conservatories, or consult a professional. A successful gardener asks questions and is constantly learning.
Prevent deer damage:Ask for help in identifying effective deer repellents and choosing deer-resistant plants.
Have a plan for maintenance: Identify if you need a monthly maintenance plan from a landscaper/gardener, weekly mowing, or an annual clean-up. Unless you pave your yard or plant plastic, outdoor spaces need maintenance.
Be realistic: Start small to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the time, energy and cost.
Take time to enjoy your space: Nature will astound you with it’s sights, sounds, smells, and textures.
What type of gardener are you? Occasional? Weekend Warrior? Garden Enthusiast? Townhouse / Apartment? No matter your time or project, there are a few basic tools every gardener or homeowner needs.