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.