Why a Pre-Planned Garden Really Works
Pre-Planned Gardens - Why and How-To
A good gardener knows that pre-planned gardens can provide seasons-long flowers, or successive harvests of vegetables and herbs. But making this happen in your own garden can be a challenge. Here’s how to do it, why pre-planning a garden works and a basic how-to of the process.
Pre-planned gardens can provide elegant, season-long blooms perfect for bouquets
Garden Plans vs. Sporadic Planting
A basic garden plan can be as simple as using pencil and paper to roughly sketch your area and put circles and squiggles where you think plants would fit and go to create a pleasant arrangement. Check out these images as a good basic example:
- Sporadic planting is less planned, and not really a technique. It’s what happens when one spies a pretty plant in the garden center, snaps it up and then comes home and thinks, “It’ll work here!” and plant it in an open spot for no better reason than filling an empty spot in the garden.
A little planning goes a long way in the garden
If the vegetable garden is your focus at this time, you may have heard the phrase “succession planting”. This is, very simply, planting food producing plants in stages – such as planting out your small new lettuces in batches of a few plants each, one batch per week for four weeks in a row – so that the plants produce successive harvest for several weeks in a row rather than producing a ton of lettuce all at once.
- Planning a vegetable garden for this kind of staggered harvest can really work for a garden that’s feeding one family household. It means harvesting enough for eating week by week and not being burdened with a huge excess of any one veg all at once.
- A mixture of succession planting and bulk planting can be planned for some fresh-eating harvest items, as well as some bulk harvest items you specifically intend to pickle, can or preserve.
“I love my garden now! The flowers don’t look too organized, because I wanted a loose, natural looking garden, but everything is somehow spaced just right that I can reach all the flowers and nothing is out of place for the amount of sun each plant needs and how it grows with the plants around it. I couldn’t do this on my own, but Eugene Garden Design made it happen and it looks so natural now!”
- Sporadic planting often fails because it doesn’t adequately account for factors such as the adult size, shape and needs of the plant and those around it as they grow and mature.
Basic garden pre-planning that accounts for factors like sun, water, plant size and harvest needs can be done in just a few minutes in advance of purchasing plants and getting them planted. Paper and pencil, and a view of the garden are all that is required. A garden plan doesn’t have to be strictly regimented or organized farm-like at all. A garden plan can be used to create a better-thriving natural garden space, companion-planted vegetable garden, and most any planted space you could think of.
If garden planning doesn’t feel like something you’re ready to tackle on your own, CONTACT Eugene Garden Design for the help you need in your garden space. A first consultation about your garden is always free!