Welcome to our Small Garden Design Ideas blog. If you have a passion for gardening or are just starting out developing your green thumb, you’ll find a lot of great ideas growing here. We’re not experts yet but we are willing to learn and try out new techniques to help bring out the best in any garden. There’s a lot of topics to cover like:

  • Aesthetic garden design ideas and plans for landscaping
  • Various types of small gardens designed for custom requirements
  • Tools and special equipment to improve growing and reduce work
  • Composting for improved soil conditioning and plant nutrition
  • Lighting conditions for certain types of plants
  • Beneficial insects and pest control techniques
  • Small vegetable garden designs to suit your location
  • Indoor and outdoor gardens for year round enjoyment
  • Plant and seed varieties and growing techniques for special purposes
  • Innovations in the science and technology associated with plants

We’ll also touch on some controversial subjects related to the environment, the economy and our place in the world. Plants are extremely important to our well being for many obvious reasons. However, we are also constantly discovering new and more subtle yet significant reasons why we need a variety of plants in our lives. There are all kinds of reasons why a small garden may be perfect for you:

  • Transform a small space or room into an oasis of beauty where you can relax and ease away stress
  • Allocate small amounts of time maintaining your garden each day to calm your mind
  • Grow herbs and vegetables to enhance the flavour of your health conscious meals
  • Create a luscious flower garden with intoxicating scents and stunning colours to stimulate your senses
  • Get in touch with nature and develop an appreciation for the intricate life processes in our world
  • Involve your kids in a growing experience that provides excellent learning and bonding opportunities

And of course you will most definitely enjoy the process of growing something for what ever reason. We hope you join us as we explore the art, science and technology of small garden design. A little philosophy may also be mixed in for good measure.

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Well it’s autumn here in Canada and we just finished celebrating Thanks Giving. Many of the vegetables have already been harvested or need to be soon before winter comes. Now’s the time to begin planning ideas for next year’s small vegetable garden designs or possibly one indoors for an even earlier start.

Although you can purchase starter plants from a nursery, this is also the time you’ll want to order seeds if you intend to grow your own indoors or in a hot bed or green house. By doing this early, your crops get a head start in the growing season which allows you to grow certain types of vegetables that might not normally grow in your region. You may also be able to plant a second crop of the same of different variety in a single growing season.

If you are going to be starting a new vegetable garden in the Spring, this would also be a perfect opportunity to prepare the garden ahead of time. For instance, if you are starting from scratch and need to dig out a garden patch, turning the sod in the fall allows the grass to turn to compost. If your garden is already cleared, this is also the time to mix compost into the soil so it can be processed by bacteria, mushrooms, worms and other insects into plant ready nutrients over the winter months.

But we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. If you’re going to be starting a totally new vegetable garden, the first step is to identify how much space you have available either in your back yard, select places in your front yard (vegetables can be beautiful too), or even indoors. Keep in mind that a garden can be in the ground, in containers or even hanging. You may also want to consider buying or renting a small plot of land in the country (usually cheaper) or cooperate with neighbours to create a shared community garden.

While choosing a suitable location for your vegetables to grow, keep in mind the available sunlight and potential shading from structures nearby at various times throughout the day. Some plants like shade or partial shade while others prefer full sunlight and will not produce without it.

Once you have some space allocated, you’ll want to write down a wish list of vegetable or fruit plants you would like to grow. Browse through a seed catalog or even visit your grocery store for inspiration. Be creatively adventurous and select a few unique varieties just to try them out. Maybe you want to grow items that you can’t purchase in the stores in your area. Do a little bit of research on each one you choose and record the type of sunlight and soil requirements as well as their full grown size, growth rate and time to mature. Look for good pictures of full grown plants to give you an idea as to how they will fit in your garden with other plants. Some plants will grow well together while others will compete with potentially horrible results.

The size (height, diameter and root depth, breadth) are important factors to keep in mind when planning where to plant each variety. Taller ones should be placed so they don’t end up shading the shorter ones. You also want to avoid over crowding the plants. This can result in stunted growth and poor yield as the plants struggle to compete for nutrients, sunlight and even root space.

Before purchasing plants or seeds for your vegetable garden, it’s a good idea to sketch out the areas you have allocated for growing and draw in where the various plants will go. By planning and organizing the layout, you’ll have a good idea how many of each type of plant to buy. It’ll also help you visualize the quantity of produce you will be able to harvest and plan any sequencing, staggering or rotation of the various crops. When planning your layout, you’ll also want to keep in mind that you’ll need access to the plants for weeding, feeding, pruning, watering, pest inspection/control and eventually harvesting. You don’t want to be stepping all over your vegetables while tending to your plants.

As you can see, even a quick sketch of your vegetable garden design is extremely useful. It’ll enable you to plan for other things like materials and tools you’ll need, construction or preparation work, the harvesting process (canning, freezing, drying, etc.) and the joy you’re going to experience growing your own food. In future posts we’ll investigate ideas for special types of small vegetable gardens and techniques for growing specific types of food for best results.

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When planning your small garden design ideas, there are usually some constraints and other considerations to think about that will influence the final result. By visualizing the features you want while also taking into account potential issues or design restrictions, you’ll be better prepared to implement a successful garden design.

One of the first things to consider of course is the purpose of your garden or the plants you intend to grow. Even if you only just want to have some plants in your surroundings, every one has a preference for certain aspects of what a garden should look like or how it should “feel” to them. By exploring your own desires in a little more detail, you’ll gain an awareness of what you’re really looking for. You’ll also be able to communicate your concept to other people who may be involved in your garden project.

Here are a few common reasons for creating a small garden and an idea as to what purpose they might fulfill:

  • Grow food in the form of organic vegetables and fruit or herbs to spice up and garnish your gourmet dishes
  • Attract wild life like birds, bees, butterflies and various small animals to get back in touch with nature
  • Cultivate flowers to beautify your yard with colour and fragrant scent or provide cuttings for inside your home
  • Construct visually aesthetic elements to enhance the look of your house/yard or cover up unsightly areas maybe to impress neighbours and guests or to prepare for selling
  • Provide a relaxing and stress free area in which to sit and enjoy solitude or the company of friends
  • Enhance natural or artificial structural features in your house or yard like pillars, banks, hills, streams, ponds, large rocks, trees, walk ways, fences, etc.
  • Make a room more inviting and comforting or make a centre piece for visual effect
  • Create a small natural environment for exotic pets like birds, reptiles, amphibians or tropical fish
  • Develop an environment with lots of photographic, drawing, painting or other artistic opportunities
  • Encourage your children to learn about nature, plant biology and environmental systems hands on
  • Experience the joy of growing exotic, esoteric or challenging varieties of plants

There are many other individual reasons why you might want to create a garden or start growing plants in general. The pleasures you receive from your garden are very personal.

Once you identify the reason or purpose for your garden, you’ll want to explore the various design constraints and other considerations including:

  • Environmental conditions like lighting, temperature, soil quality and moisture while taking into account seasonal changes that occur in your area
  • Space limitations or structural restrictions (even underground issues like soil depth, weeping tile location, storage tanks, water & gas pipes, electrical cables, etc.)
  • Allergies and even the potential of some plants to be poisonous for young children and pets
  • Budget and time frame for your project factoring in the cost of materials, plants, specialized equipment, contractors and the build/grow time (start from seeds, bulbs, small or large plants?)
  • How much maintenance time and effort are you willing to allocate (pruning, weeding, watering, pest control, etc.)
  • Amount of water required and availability of water sources (hose length, outlet placement, access to the plants, sprinklers & soakers, rain barrels, etc.)
  • What equipment and tools do you already own or need to acquire and the appropriate storage area for them
  • Are there seasonal storage and/or staging requirements or other implications of plant choice for your region
  • The nature of the plant species you intend to grow including size, growth rate, longevity, hardiness, special handling requirements and interaction with other plants

As you begin to think more about your small garden design ideas, you’re sure to come up with other potential issues that you can prepare for in advance. By planning ahead, you’ll be sure to create a wonderful garden that satisfies all your desires in a way you can enjoy and be happy about.

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Types of Small Garden Designs

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In order to start planning a small garden design for your home, office or business, you’ll want a few ideas on what types of gardens are available to choose from. Here are a few of the common types of small gardens you might be interested in creating:

  • Vegetable gardens to grow and harvest food either for yourself or your pets (including some fruit bearing plants and shrubs)
  • Herb gardens both indoor and outdoor to spice up your cooking with fresh ingredients
  • Plots or beds dug directly in the ground of your yard and prepared for plants and flowers
  • Raised box planters (in & out doors) constructed out of wood, cement, stone or brick in various shapes to hold soil and grow plants
  • Hanging gardens made by suspending pots and other containers with plants
  • Rock gardens where the stone is a primary visual element that complements the plants and flowers that are suited to grow with little or no soil – even stone/rock walls
  • Cactus gardens for environments with hot temperatures, bright sunlight and dry sandy soil conditions that are suited to a variety of succulents
  • Ornate gardens with intricate details, designs and structures that are shaped and controlled for artistic effect
  • Greenhouse and solarium gardens set up with protected conditions for exotic types of plants
  • Aquatic gardens with water loving plants integrated into natural or artificial ponds and streams
  • Japanese gardens designed for elegance, aesthetic beauty, tradition and tranquility including dry gardens with just rocks and sand
  • Terrariums and bottle gardens that you can create with an old aquarium, wine bottle or carboy
  • Green wall garden with climbing plants or specially designed structures to support regular types of plants in a vertical configuration
  • Container gardens where the plants are grown in pots, window boxes or other vessels that can hold moist soil
  • Roof gardens which are gaining interest for environmental reasons especially in urban areas
  • Wildlife gardens specially designed to attract various birds, animals, amphibians, reptiles and insects

Of course there are many more types of gardens with special names or even cultural and historic associations. Many of the more esoteric types of gardens are intended for big and showy locations with of resources to build, plant and maintain them.

Each type of small garden design we’re interested in comes with a variety of advantages and disadvantages. They are all suited for certain types of purposes or used to creatively compensate for various design constraints or restrictions.¬†We’ll be exploring all the various types of small gardens in much more detail in future posts. However, next we’ll take a look at some considerations you should be aware of when planning your small garden design ideas.