Gardening In Fall Helps Us Prepare For Beautiful Gardens Next Spring

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, fall is the best time to put our creative energy into improving our gardens to enjoy the following spring.

Whether you are moving existing plants or beginning from scratch, start by mapping out the dimensions of the space you are designing making sure to note the amount of sunlight the area gets daily and the soil type: sandy, clay or loam.

Clay is nutrient rich, but drains slowly. Sandy soil drains quickly but has trouble retaining nutrients and moisture. Loamy soil is generally ideal because it retains moisture and nutrients and doesn’t stay soggy. Knowing the soil type will help you figure out the type of plants that will grow best in it.

For inspiration, fill a scrapbook with ideas seen in magazines and around the neighbourhood for a visual guide.

In designing which plants will go where, begin by placing the largest ones (trees and shrubs) first, noting their height and width at maturity. That information is typically available on the tags in the nursery. You don’t want to crowd such centrepieces with perennials that will have to be moved later.

Also, work from the back and move outward for the same reasons. This way, larger pieces become the backdrop and smaller ones placed in front won’t be obscured. Avoid putting large trees and shrubs up against the house where they will eventually block windows and light coming into your home. At the same time, large additions to your garden can hide unsightly parts of your home.

Your eventual piece de resistance is sure to be the envy of the neighbourhood.

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Creating The Perfect Outdoor Retreat

Who says you need a big backyard to enjoy your outdoor space? From porches and patios to balconies and sunrooms, even the smallest spaces can be transformed into the perfect outdoor oasis. Create a place you can go to relax and enjoy the outdoors in the privacy of your own home. Here are some ideas to create your very own outdoor retreat.

With some careful planning and creativity, you’ll be surprised by how much you can actually fit into your small outdoor space. Here are the essentials to incorporate into your design: seating, container gardening, and lighting.

Seating:
Stick with simple seating but make sure it is comfortable. You want it to have a cosy feel so you can truly sit back and relax. Adding an interesting mix of seating can really make your outdoor space feel like a comfy indoor living room.

Plants:
When limited with space it is a good idea to go up with hanging baskets. Put plants that need sun up higher, and shade plants down lower in containers. You can also purchase a bag planter that hangs up on the wall. Adding several plants in the right spots can also help with adding privacy to your retreat.

Lighting:
The right lighting always sets the mood for those quiet, relaxing evenings. Choose candles, torches or lanterns to fill your space with beautiful light. String lights, like small Christmas lights, are also a great touch.

For the daytime hours, it is nice to make sure your outdoor space, if not completely covered, has some shade. If the space allows for it, set up an umbrella or fabric gazebo.

There are also many decorative extras you can add to your space. A water fountain is a great way to make the space more tranquil and serene. Even a small one will add that special touch.

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