Small Garden Space and Overwhelmed
I have a small patio or deck with very little space. But I need help converting my space into a “garden room.” Shopping at the garden supply centers is overwhelming and confusing!
- Visit small local garden centers and talk with owners or knowledgeable staff.
- Find a gardening buddy to go with you. Most gardeners are always looking for an excuse to visit a garden center and most have a favorite place that they would recommend.
- Visit local plant sales at your arboretums or conservatories. These are filled with knowledgeable plant lovers.
- If possible, avoid shopping at the busiest times for nurseries. Weekday early mornings may be a quieter time for you to stroll through the aisles and ask questions.
- Prioritize your tasks and focus on one goal at a time when visiting a garden center. For example: Have you ever purchased a plant on a whim and returned home not knowing where to put it? Has it died? Never splurge-buy plants. Bring your light requirement, desired height, color and bloom time on a list. Most importantly know your hardiness zone.
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.