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Last Updated on February 27, 2021 by Katherine

Gardening is a hobby that takes a bit of patience. Learning how to plan a garden before you get started is the key to success for gardeners. You cannot just throw some seeds down and expect them to grow! Depending on your end goals for your garden, you will want to consider different things as well.

Photographing your garden area is a great place to start, it allows you bring your garden plans to fruition!
Yes, that is snow in the garden, thank you for asking!

This post will focus primarily on the actual planning of your garden. For more general tips about seasonal gardens, be sure to check out my post Amazing Tips For Gardening All Year Round.

Top Reasons To Consider Planting a Garden

The top three reasons to start a garden include:

  • Get outdoors more.
  • You can save money (If you plant a vegetable garden).
  • You’ll ingest fewer pesticides (as the gardener, you control what goes on your plants).

Now let’s get to planning!

What Type of Garden?

There are several types of gardens, and they all have different requirements. Certain plants fight for growth when next to each other, yet others will live in harmony.

Sketch It Out

A visual aid can be super helpful when figuring out how you want your garden space to end up. Your sketch needs to be detailed enough that you can refer to it as you start your gardening journey. However, don’t get caught up with every single detail, at least just yet.

How to plan a garden - be sure to photograph your garden first!
A simple photograph of your garden space can help with the planning immensely!

Figure Out Your Plants

As I mentioned above, some plants will not grow well together, and others will thrive. This is important if you plan to have garden pots with two or three types of plants in them, but it can also affect your gardening bed space as well. You might hear the term “companion plants” or something similar.

For companion planting tips for vegetables, I recommend checking out Which Vegetables Grow Well Together on the Love to Know blog. Spend some time researching online to see what other gardeners are saying.

You will also want to consider other important details for your desired plants, like their sun and water requirements.

Preparing Your Plants

Depending on your regional growing zone, you may have to prep some seedlings inside before the soil warms up enough for plants to grow outside.

You can buy seed starting trays from online retailers like Amazon or your local gardening stores. The key thing most experts recommend is that you choose a soil that is designed for seedling growth. For more information, I recommend you check out Gardener’s Supply Company’s post about growing seedlings.

 If you are fortunate to live in a warmer climate with a longer growing season, you may not need to start your garden indoors. Other options also include purchasing plants from your local garden center that are ready for transplant when the soil is warm enough. Research the soil requirements your plants require and provide it to them.

Clever Garden Decor Ideas

While plants are certainly the primary focus of any gardening hobby, you can’t neglect the decor aspects of a garden. Here are some of my favorite affordable ideas.

Garden Markers

I like to use markers to remember where I planted certain things, this is useful when they haven’t sprouted yet, and you need to keep it straight, so you don’t under or over water. You can be as simple as using bricks with writing on them, such as this neat idea for Brick Herb Markers from Simple Details. You can also get even more creative. I’ve seen some designs that include finding rocks and painting them with the picture of the vegetable you’re planting there.

Tiki Torches – Different Version

We’ve all seen the tiki torches you can find in most gardening sections of the store. If they aren’t your favorite or are a little too “tropical” for your tastes, you can create your own version that suits your decor far better.

 Check out DIY Tiki Torches Are An Adorable Way To Keep Bugs Away at Little Things.

Bee Hotels

Bees are essential pollinators, and I love the idea of encouraging them to set up shop right in my garden. Building your own bee hotel helps support more solitary bees that do amazing work, like mason bees. While they don’t live in hives, these bees tolerate living near others. Some experts call them “communal” bees.

This particular model is a bee and butterfly house!

Many gardening shops now sell small houses, but you can make your own. Check out How to Build a Native Bee Hotel on Modern Farmer to learn more.

Outdoor “Vases”

Repurpose an old galvanized pail or a wheelbarrow to a vase for your flowers. I’ve seen some super creative ideas out and about, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Terra Cotta Crafting

Terra-cotta pots are inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes. You can paint them as well to jazz them up. I just use craft paint and seal it in with a glaze that is suitable for outdoor use.

For more details, check out Gazing Balls You Can Make For Your Own Garden from Hearth & Vine.

Bird Feeder Ideas

Birds are also excellent pollinators, so if you like feathered visitors to your garden, entice them with some yummy seeds. 

For this, you’ll want a bird feeder. You can make your own, check out my post How to Make an Awesome Milk Jug Bird Feeder to learn more.

Pebble Art Pathway

Pebbles are a gorgeous addition to your garden decor, and you can arrange them in an artful pattern or just lay them down at random for a more simplistic look. 

See How to Make a Pebble Mosaic from This Old House for more details!

Final Thoughts On Planning A Garden

Gardening is not an expensive hobby, just spend some time planning it out first. You can plan a garden for around $50 or less, depending on how elaborate you like to make your outdoor oasis. You can find most materials at your local hardware store, thrift store, gardening store, or online.

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Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!!

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