Before clean up
After Clean up!
I often call myself the extreme landscaper. I love taking on BIG landscape or garden clean up jobs! Not only because I love the challenge but because I am a visual person and love the garden restoration after it is complete! The work is often tedious and painstaking and often times at the end of a work period it seems I have made no headway! But then almost magically, the garden comes to life and is revitalized. Many, many times after a garden is complete and I download the final photos and compare them with the before photos…I am amazed and energized by the garden work I have completed! This clean up was one such challenge. The pond and walkway had been overgrown for some years and it often times seems endless as it was a very detailed labour intensive job. I worked it that garden yesterday and walked the steps up past the pond and it has held up to the test of time. I completed this job a few seasons ago and still it is clean and beautiful! So very happy with the end result…and MOST importantly so are the Garden Owners! 🙂
Often times as a self-employed business owner, I neglect my own gardens in the busyness of running my business and my life! 🙂 It is often discussed among landscapers that we tend to avoid our own gardens and some have joked that we should hire each other to get ours done…and I am one of those people.
So this winter I have made a commitment to my own garden design. Here I shall design and create my own edible dream garden! Well almost all edible…the existing trees and shrubs are mostly not edible. So I shall work with them. A recent move into downtown Ladysmith, with existing gardens that give considerable privacy on all sides…save one… is a great basis to create this garden of Eden. I shall continue to design and develop the existing gardens with the concept of more privacy and planting mostly edible plants, trees and shrubs that will bear at different times of the year to enjoy a variety of edibles most of the year.
As I have learned, this design will change and evolve as I go. A great Garden Design is not set in stone so to speak, but rather evolves with the landscape as it is created!
Step By Step
- Take pictures of the existing garden and consider amount of light (for each season)and space available.
- Sketch the garden…either by hand (which is what I do) or on a computer program. I find that the garden becomes much more real when I sketch it out and helps me to place the RIGHT PLANT in THE RIGHT PLACE!
- Keep a log or journal of my research and results of everything I do so I can refer to every detail to ensure success in the garden design.
- Test the soil in the existing gardens and amend as required.
- Choose sustainable edible plants (trees, shrubs, ground cover, herbs, etc… that will thrive and correlate together to become an edible independent ecosystem.
- The plants must be drought tolerant.
- Research each plant and place in the best location with other plants that will thrive together.
- For each plant, I will need to research its characteristics. That is, size (look at length of time and size at maturity) location, soil preference, light preference, drought tolerant, which plants it thrives with, when it comes to maturity, amount of bounty, and texture and colour of plants..to start!
- Continue to take pictures of the garden I am creating as it develops and continue to develop the sketches of the garden design as I go along.
- Make a list of the organic nutrients needed for the garden.