How to Plan and Design Your Garden

The first step to creating a garden that’s both easy to maintain and rewarding is to put some simple design ideas in place. Whether you’re starting with bare earth or an established garden, formulate a garden plan.

Identify your garden needs, then design and plan accordingly. Think carefully about what you want to do in your garden: Is it a space for inviting friends and relaxing, a play space for children or pets, a small piece of wilderness in the middle of the city, an area reserved for cultivating flowers, or somewhere to grow your own organic produce?

Discuss your plans with the family. Take notes and pay attention to everyone’s expectations. Planning, construction and planting happens more quickly and calmly if everyone is in agreement.

Draw up a list of the things you like and don’t like in your current garden, and accept a few compromises or short cuts to avoid endless work and major expense when trying to modify the aspects you don’t like.

Plan for the future by making your design flexible. Think about how your garden may need to change over the years if you have a growing family, and take that into consideration during planning.

Consider pets and hobbies. If you have pets or special interests, take them into account during the planning stage.

    Become more interesting every week!

    Get our Read Up newsletter

    how we use your e-mail

    Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

    Dennis Miller

    I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

    Kevin Nealon

    “I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


    A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

    Comedian Greg Davies

    Funny Jokes

    Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


    Funny Jokes

    Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


    Funny Jokes

    My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


    Funny Jokes

    “Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

    @yoyoha (Josh Hara)

    Funny Jokes

    My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

    —Jerry Seinfeld

    Funny Jokes

    Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

    A: A mechanic.