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There are few things as rewarding as gardening. Whether you’re growing produce for your table or beautiful flowers, it’s lovely to watch things grow. Having spent so much time at home in the past year, more people are enjoying this age old hobby than ever.
We often think of gardening as a messy pastime because you’re digging in the dirt. But dirty and disorganized are two different things. An organized garden is not only more attractive, it’s easier to work in and the plants are healthier.
To help you create an attractive and functional garden, check out these top five tips for how to organize your garden this spring. You can never plan your garden too early, or with too much detail and following these tips will make this year’s garden so much easier!
- Plan Your Garden on Paper
The first step to organizing your garden happens before you even begin planting. Before you start planting, make a plan on paper. A map of your garden if you like.
A map like this will help you make the best use of your space. Decide where everything will be planted, grouping green vegetables in one area, herbs in another. And root vegetables together.
A map can also help determine if you have enough room for all the things you want to plant. Avoid waste by waiting to purchase plants or seeds until you know how much room you have to grow things. And what exactly you want to grow.
2. Make an Organized Planting Schedule
To all things, there is a season and this is rarely truer than in gardening. Plants are seasonal, with growing seasons that might be different than what you expect. Do a little homework on the plants you anticipate growing. Mark out the ideal planting times on your calendar. Also, make a note of the length of their growing season.
Knowing the correct timeline for your garden will help you make the most of the ideal planting and growing times. If this all sounds complicated the good news is that there is lots of help available. There re some fantastic garden planning apps and softwares – some of them free. Some excellent choices include Armitage’s Great Garden Plants – which is created by a renowned horticulture professor and Garden Planner, which really helps you visualize just how your garden will look.
- Plant in Blocks, Use Raised Beds and Trellises
You want your garden to have a neat and organized appearance. This will make it more attractive, and it will be easier to work in when you’re ready to harvest or trying to keep the weeds at bay.
If you’re planning a small vegetable patch, raised beds are a great way to organize this element of your garden. They create tidy blocks of plants and are very visually appealing. They also provide a barrier to slugs and snails and provide good drainage.
If you’re not using raised beds, it is still a good idea to plant smaller veggies in blocks rather than long rows. It tends to look more organized and makes it easier to group like plants together.
Some plants can be trellised to save space and to keep vines from making your garden appear untidy. Trellising works well for peas, cucumbers, and some small melons.
However you plant, labelling everything is a must. You can print and laminate your own labels, purchase premade markers or enjoy a crafting afternoon painting your own on rocks or wood off cuts.
You should also make sure you leave yourself plenty of space to work in. You’ll need to be able to access to the plants for weeding, harvesting, and general garden care. Create paths for walking without stepping on any of your precious plants.
- Organize Your Gardening Supplies
Planting and maintaining a garden requires tools and supplies. Part of keeping your garden organized is keeping your gardening tools and supplies in good order.
Before you start your garden make sure all of your gardening tools are in good repair and ready to use. Gloves, trowel, watering can, maybe a hoe. Whatever you need for the garden, have it ready to go come planting time.
Then make sure you have a place to store your gardening tools where they will be accessible to you during gardening season. Consider buying a gardening caddy where you can keep everything in one easy to grab container.
- Stay On Top of Garden Organization and Maintenance
No matter how organized your gardening efforts start out, it is going to take some effort to keep it that way. When you’re marking planting dates on your calendar, don’t forget to mark harvest dates as well.
And to set reminders for yourself to do some weekly weeding and pruning in to keep it all looking tidy and as organized as when you started.
Harvesting is the reward at the end of all this hard work. Don’t let your produce go to waste. When plants are ripe and ready, gather them up. And enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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