by April Reinhardt
(last updated October 15, 2013)
Perhaps you've finally bought your first house and have adequate land and space for the large garden you've always wanted. But before you turn your first shovelful of dirt, you'll need to design and plan your garden. While you could simply scatter seeds and plantings haphazardly without a plan, your plants and flowers might not grow optimally, nor accentuate the overall design of your home. Instead, design your garden and form a concrete plan using these guidelines:
After you've determined what you want to plant, your growing zone, and the best location for your plants considering sun, shadow, and drainage, plot your garden on your diagram. Visit your local nursery to buy established plantings or seeds, or buy them from reputable catalogs or an online nursery. Prepare the ground by removing all grass and large clumps of dirt. Before digging, however, make sure that there are no underground gas or water lines. If you're planting flower beds, install soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems to make watering easier. If you're planting a vegetable garden, leave enough room between the rows of crops to walk so that you can weed and harvest without disturbing other plants.
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