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The Basics of Small Garden Planning

Out in rural Washington State, there is more than enough land to create as large a garden as you like. However if you’re like those of us in more urban environments, the space to plant a garden is a scarcity. That is why it’s important to know what to look for in that nook, niche, corner or rooftop where you might think you can coax Gaia into gracing you and your neighbors with her presence. There are a few things to keep in mind when looking to create your own secret garden and we’re going to discuss each of those elements over the course of the next three articles.

The first thing in creating a garden is the choice of a piece of earth on which to begin your task. Without a choice, it will have to do just simply be the suitable plot one can find considering the conditions. When you don’t have much room at all the basic choice becomes; no presence of earth’s bounty, or a neatly organized small plot on which to produce the flowers and food you desire. Surely a box garden is better than nothing at all.

But we shall now assume that it is plausible to actually pick just the smallest plot for the garden. What kind of spot are you looking for? The greatest deciding factor is the sun. You don’t want to maintain a north plot, unless it were absolutely forced to him because, now a northern exposure might be okay for certain strong strains of flowers or perhaps ferns, they are of really not much use as spots for a good vegetable garden or domestic flowers.

If possible, choose the right plot a southern exposure is nice if you can get it. Here the sun lies cozy all day . Once you’ve identified the plot and begin to plan out how it will be planted, your rows of vegetables and flowers should run north and south. If you plant your garden this way, your plants will bask in the loving warmth of the sun all morning on the eastern part, and all the afternoon on the western side. You should not allow any top heavy or heavily leaning plants in such an arrangement.

Eric Seminara enjoys a nice walk through his garden in the mornings…. which takes all of about 15 seconds. Learn more about gardens big and small at