Whether it is a person’s first year trying his or her hand at gardening, or the tilling of an expert grower, anyone can use a few thoughts to get the creative juices for garden design ideas flowing. The garden is a proving ground. Great gardeners can be stumped by a sudden infestation of tomato worms and anyone can be left scratching their head when a plant that is supposed to do well in a certain environment simply never produces fruit. Not every situation can be remedied, but by carefully planning how the garden is designed, the grower may avoid run-of-the-mill issues.
The best first step for any gardener is to develop rich, fertile soil for which to plant crops. Untreated soil will have all the nutrients needed to grow plants that are native, or complementary to the region, but by adding a mixture of fertilizers, the crops that do grow naturally will grow better, and the crops that are resistant to a region will produce fruit.
The next garden design ideas to attend to are planting grids, and planting dates. Both of these details will ensure that the plants grow well during the right season. A great benefit to designing planting grids is cultivating natural pest repellants. For example, by placing a row of onions next to the tomato plants, garlic on the other side and rows of leafy greens on either side of the garlic and onions, each plant will utilize characteristics of the plants next to them to fend off natural plant predators. In addition, this arrangement aids the roots of each plant in fertilizing the plants near them.
Planting seasons for each of these plants are different. Bulbs, like garlic and onions, can go in the ground as early as late march. Tomatoes should not be planted until the last frost has passed. Lastly, leafy greens should be planted after the first frost only until the summer solstice, and again after August. These conditions help to utilize the way a plant naturally grows to make them produce the best yield.
Final considerations should be given to how a plant should be contained. The irony of gardening is that if everything is going well, plants are yielding high quantities of produce, than there is a good likelihood that rabbits and birds will make efforts to raid the plenty. To dissuade predation tools such as netting and cages must be utilized.
Cages and fenced areas are one of the most commonly disputed aspects of garden design ideas. Many people find it difficult to cultivate their crops if fencing is too protective, but reluctantly acknowledge that without it, menacing predators steal away with ripe fruit. The main key to striking a balance between gardener proof barriers and easy access to predators is to know what animals are nearby. Rabbits have a difficult time overcoming one foot raised beds with light staking. Cats and deer require up to six foot fences or top caging. Birds often get their way. The garden is a place of plenty for all living creatures. Designing it for great yield and the best protection possible is still the best way to go.