Planning your garden is a delightful experience that can bring you great pleasure. To get the best results, forward planning is essential. This is something that shouldn’t be rushed. You need time to analyze the changing conditions in your yard as the seasons change. Today, we will focus briefly on how to design a garden with indoor garden ideas.
Plan out on paper the basic structure and shape of your garden, starting with fixed permanent features like fish ponds, patios, etc. There is a wide range of garden styles to choose from.
The one you choose will depend upon the look of the house, the surrounding environment and, of course, the space available.
To get ideas for your garden layout consult the many books and magazines that flood the marketplace. Rather than finding one plan that suits your unique yard, it is more likely that you will mix and match between different layout ideas.
You should also visit other gardens, both public and private. That way you’ll be able to see how those baby plants will mature as well as getting a feel for the use of rockeries, water gardens,
Take accurate measurements of the space that you have available. You should take straight lines as well as diagonal ones. This will be invaluable when planning irregular shapes in your garden. Find out what type of soil you are working with.
Clay soil, which is grey, is heavy when wet and has a tendency to crack when it is dry. Sandy soil feels gritty and loose. Acidic peat soil is dark brown and flaky. Each soil type will suit particular types of plants and not others.
So, when you talk to your garden store retailer it is imperative that you can tell him just what sort of earth you are dealing with. You should also make note of the slopes and gradients of your yard. Be aware also, of the passage of the sun and the intensity of winds on your proposed garden area.
With all of this information gathered, it is now time to draw out your ideas, Mark out the shapes of your garden areas and fill in the positions of major features. Make sure that your plan is to scale and use squared graph paper.
Next, you are ready to plot the design on the ground itself. Using pegs and a string line, plot the garden areas, pathways and features. Then, try a few experiments to see if the plan is practical. For instance, can two people pass by each other on the pathway?
When planning your garden keep the following considerations in mind:
Site your pond away from overhanging trees and check that it can be reached with a hose and electricity for the pump and night lighting.
Make sure that there is enough room on the patio for your garden furniture.
Make sure you provide enough room in a driveway to open the doors and, ideally, turn the car.
Spend the time planning out your garden in advance and you will inevitably save a lot of wasted time and effort when the fun of converting your plans to reality begins.
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ndoor garden ideas
Indoor gardening is just what it says…it’s about an indoor garden. This means there are specific needs to maintain and grow such a garden: tools & gadgets, planters, shelving and ideas, lighting, a variety of plants, nutrients are the essentials of indoor gardening.
Starting Seeds Indoors
A basic guide to starting seeds indoors and getting a jump start on how to design a garden.
What You’ll Need
A Sunny Window
Plants like a southern exposure. If you don’t have a window that will do, consider investing in some cool-white florescent bulbs.
Try all kinds to see what works for you. Make sure they are clean and have good drainage. If you are using a fiber or peat pot, soak it well before adding soil. Dry fiber pots draw moisture away from the soil.
You’ll get much better results with quality seeds purchased from a reputable source. If you have saved seeds that you purchased last year, test the germination rate before planting.
Nothing beats a good commercial medium because it is sterile and free of unwanted weed seeds. If you want to make your own, here are a couple of good recipes:
- Cornell Mix:
4 quarts of shredded peat moss or sphagnum, 2 teaspoons ground limestone, 4 tablespoons 5-10-10 fertilizer.
- Simple Mix:
1 part loam, 1 part clean sand or perlite, 1 part leaf mold or moist peat.
Fill pots or flats to within 1/4 inch of the top with your potting mixture and level the surface. It’s a good idea to water the soil and allow it to drain thoroughly before sowing the seeds. Make a hole for each seed with your finger or a pencil. Keep in mind that most seeds need to be planted four times as deep as the seed is wide. If your seeds are very fine, cover them with a fine layer of soil.
Moisture and Humidity
Germinating medium should be kept evenly moist but not soaking wet. Too much moisture will cause the seeds to rot. Use a fine sprayer to water newly planted seeds and tiny seedlings or, if possible, water from the bottom. If you can, slip your pots and flats into plastic bags to keep the humidity and moisture even and reduce the frequency of watering.
Some seeds require light to germinate while others prefer total darkness. Your seed packet should tell you what your seed’s requirements are. Once germinated, all seedlings need light to develop into strong, healthy plants. Supplement the natural light with florescent bulbs if necessary.
The care you give your seedlings in the weeks following germination is critical. Keep it moist, but not dripping. Small pots and flats dry out quickly, so check it often. If your seedlings are growing in a windowsill, turn often to encourage straight stems.
The first two leaves you will see on the plant are not true leaves but food storage cells called cotyledons. Once the first true leaves have developed, it’s time to start fertilizing. Choose a good liquid organic fertilizer and use a weak solution once a week.
One week before transplanting your seedlings outdoors, start to harden them off. This process acclimates the soft and tender plants, which have been protected from wind, cool temperatures, and strong sun, to their new environment.
Move the plants to a shady outdoor area at first, and bring them indoors for the night if night temperatures are cold. Each day, move them out into the sun for a few hours, increasing the time spent in the sun each day.
Keep them well-watered during this period, and don’t place them directly on the ground if slugs are a problem. Monitor them closely for insect damage since tender young seedlings are a delicacy for insects.
Don’t be in a rush to set your plants in the garden. If they won’t withstand frost, be sure all danger of frost has passed before setting them out. Plan the garden in advance. Consider companion planting and plant sizes. Make sure your tall plants won’t shade low growing neighbors.
Water the ground outside and the seedlings thoroughly before transplanting. This helps prevent transplant shock. It’s preferable to transplant on a cloudy day so strong sun won’t wilt your seedlings.
Dig a hole about twice the size of the root ball and set the transplant into the hole so the root ball will be covered by 1/4 inch of soil. Press the soil firmly around the roots.
A small depression around the plant stem will help trap moisture. Water immediately after transplanting and every day for the first week. Be sure to water deeply so your plants won’t develop shallow roots.
How to design a garden! Choosing the right plant
There are so many plants out there, which to choose becomes a difficult part of starting your home garden. With so many to choose from which ones will be right for you? The main thing to consider here is:
- Growing Conditions, make sure you get a plant that will thrive in your indoor setting…make sure to get a plant that will be able to survive in the conditions you have present in your house.
- How much time do you want to spend caring for a plant.
- Do you want a plant that will be on display year round.
- How much do you want to spend, you can start from seeds which is the cheapest, or cuttings, or you can shell out a little more money, or a lot more money in some cases, and get a plant that is already grown.
Now, there are a few plants that are fairly strong and will fair better in the hands of a novice. You can get plants like Fatsia, Popular Succulents, Cyperus, Aspidistra, Bromeliads, Coleus, Philodendron Scandens. There are many more, these just happen to be the ones that I like to grow.