We are so… enthusiastic when we are shifting to new residence or planning for our second home with LUSH GREEN GARDEN and of course we should be….! But most of the time this impatiens will deteriorate our Dreams of Lush Green Garden. The dream comes true if we be patience. It is quite easy to dig up a plot and throw some plants in the ground and yet it is another thing entirely to create a healthy, living lush garden.
Selection of place where you will need garden
If you are designing your entire area of your premises than better select open to sun area for
garden. Most likely South or South-East area of your premises will be the best area for garden.
Prepare a Design
Considering the amenities nearby and area available we have to prepare a garden design. We have to consider our requirement of utility area first and according to that we have to prepare a design. Always consider flow of water and drainage of that water in your design than half of your work ends there only.
What will you Grow ?
The next thing you determine is what will you grow in the spots where you require garden or
detailing of the design? This is where many people make their first mistake. Before considering the factors that what will grow best in particular place people purchase plants…!
The main chief factors determining what will grow in a particular spot are – sunlight, the
composition of the soil, soil moisture and Quality of the water.
Determine to availability of Sun light
It is important to have a good idea of what amount of sunlight will reach your garden throughout the year. Plants that require “full sun” will generally need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Patches under large deciduous shade trees receive only mottled sunlight or say semi-shade condition. Considering this condition in our mind we have to select semi-shade loving plants. Other sites, like the north side of a
building, are going to remain in shade year-round. The shade garden requires the most careful planning, but there are many wonderful plants that will thrive in the darkest of shade. Again a big Issue is that when we plan to plant some trees with small plants than either we have to make patience to plant small semi shade plants or we have to change the full sun growing plants with semi shade plants when that tree
The Composition of the Soil
Next, you will need to determine what type of soil you’ll be working with. The three main
constituents of soil are sand, silt and clay. Sand has the largest particles and clay has the smallest, silt particles are of intermediate size. An ideal garden soil or loam would be about 40% sand, 40% silt and 20% clay. The easiest way to see what type of soil you have is to dig a few holes and take some samples. One method is to determine the type is taking a fist full of soil and squeeze it into a ball. If it is unable to hold its shape, your soil is probably sandy. Now try to break the ball apart by pressing on it with your thumb. A good soil will break apart readily i.e., loamy ; if not, you probably have too much clay in your
Amendment of soil according to the composition
The best way to amend a poor soil, whether sandy, clay or silt, is to add organic matter. If your soil is high in sand add a combination of topsoil, peat moss or cocopit (always moisten before use) and compost. Even when the soil is send in nature than we have to prepare the beds in depth than the actual garden level so that it can retain the moisture for long time. If soil is of clay type than add peat moss or cocopit with compost and a part of some send. Many Landscapers do not advice to add send as it can sometimes create concrete but what I found is that If we use the compost with the send than it always help to loosen the clay soil and allow to have proper drainage. If soil is of heavy clay than we have to prepare raised beds. This will provide your plants little more drainage and yet good air circulation.
Keeping A watch on Moisture
If we are considering the heavy moisture area you can try creating a raised bed as mentioned
above, but it is best to stick to plants that enjoy having their feet wet. Alternatively, if your plot is very dry, don’t assume you’ll be able to compensate by frequent watering. Select plants that will be happy in a dry place with deep bed than garden level and you’ll be able to take that two-week vacation without worrying whether your neighbour has remembered to water every day for you.
Quality of Water
Always don’t assume that my dream plant will grow in my garden but reverse of this is the plant that grows well in your garden will be your dream plant. In all type of water quality plant grows but again the variety is different.
With considering to “The Nature” if you plan your garden