Small Garden Design – Landscaping a Small Space
A garden with a small lawn and a few trees and shrubs can be more than a pleasant pastime – it can be a wonderful feature to draw attention to a home. Climbing or rambling roses and other gently thudding plants can instantly emphasize the decay of the surrounding vegetation and can significantly improve the overall ambience of a garden. However, a “small” garden really means that you have to do the hard work yourself. Small gardens are often full of plants that are only suited to a small, highly visible landscape – they need another technique, different from the one used by large landscape designers (and most gardeners).
One of the most interesting and often overlooked techniques for small gardens is intensive gardening. Intensive gardening consists of carefully planning the planting of a garden in its place. According to conventional gardening techniques, the first thing you do in planning a garden is to place the plants in their secluded positions. The second thing you do is to try to imagine the overall shape of the garden as a whole and imagine how the plants will grow when finally the entire landscape is shaped. Because most gardens are not symmetrical, it is the shape that will most strongly determine the type of plants that will be used. Most plants are best planted shielding their bodies in a blanket of soil – remember, the soil surrounding a plant is its reservoir and source of both water and nutrients. It is not surprising that most intensive gardening soils will be found to contain some type of plant: the idea that you can grow as many edible plants as possible in a small area is a rarely repeated occurrence in nature, and yet here we are with thousands of uprooted trees a thriving garden that produces more than a few edible plants.
Because small gardens are so well suited for intensive gardening, the majority of plants can be grown in them. These include herbs for medicinal use, edible flowers and plants that have a multitude of other uses. Flower gardens for their beauty are also very common, and there are many edible plant flowers that work well in a garden that is both subtle and not as easily noticed.
In a small garden, the requirement for irrigation and mulching can be reduced to the absolute minimum. The garden can be watered using hand watering or using the submitted method of drip irrigation. Mulching is a blanket of basically shredded bark or another organic material laid over the surface of the garden to maintain even soil moisture. Irrigation systems can be used if desired, capable of pulling the most delicate of hoses.
birdseed, usually mixed with corn, has been known to attract finches, juncos, woodpeckers and many other birds. Many birds will also consume seeds and insects from a garden.
Many more benefits can be had from intensive gardening methods than regular gardening, such as higher crop yields, less disease and pest control, higher quality fruit and vegetables, and more room for garden plants. The medium Breeders of North American area have been using less pesticides over the last few decades and have been involved in savingbesticides that cause damage to the environment.
Extensive gardening is a great source of extra food that isn’t shipped, and also a less expensive source of natural, home grown food. For more information on the MittleiderMethodGardening email us, and we’ll be happy to help you get started anywhere you want to start. Have a great day, and we’ll talk to you soon.