If you’re thinking about starting a garden, the first thing you need to consider is what type of garden you will have.  There are many different choices and often it can be hard to pick just one, but hopefully you can narrow it down.  But by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and the plants. If all your plants are similar, then it shouldn’t be very hard to care for them all. So here are some of the main garden ideas for you to choose from.

If you’re just looking for something to look nice in your yard, you’ll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flower.  Perennial flowers are flowers which stay healthy year-round.  They’re basically weeds because of their hardiness, only nice looking. Different areas and climates have different flowers which are considered perennials.

If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a list of flowers that will bring your flower garden to life.  These usually only require work in the planting stage – after that, the flower take care of themselves.  The only downside to this is that you don’t have any product to show for it.

flower garden

Another choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden.  These usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but can be much more rewarding.  No matter what time of the year it is, you can usually find one vegetable that is still prospering.  That way you can have your garden be giving you produce almost every day of the year!

When starting a vegetable garden, you should build it with the thought in mind that you will be adding more types of veggies in later.  This will help your expandability. Once all your current crops are out of season, you won’t be stuck with almost nowhere to put the new crops.  A vegetable garden is ideal for someone who wants some produce, but doesn’t want to devote every waking hour to perfecting their garden (see below.)

One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.  It’s definitely the most high-maintenance. When growing fruits, many more pests will be attracted due to the sweetness.  You not only have to deal with having just the right dirt and fertilizer, you have to deal with choosing a pesticide that won’t kill whoever eats the fruits.  Your fruit garden will probably not produce year-round.  The soil needs to be just right for the plants to grow, and putting in another crop during its off-season could be disastrous to its growth process.  If you’re willing to put lots of work into maintaining a garden, then a fruit garden could be a good choice for you.

So now that I’ve outlined some of the main garden types that people choose, I hope you can make a good decision.  Basically, the garden type comes down to what kind of product you want, and how much work you want to put into it.  If you’re looking for no product with no work, go with a flower garden. If you want lots of delicious product, but you are willing to spend hours in your garden each day, then go for a fruit garden.  Just make sure you don’t get into something you can’t handle!

Building And Planting Your Vegetable Gardens

The structure of your vegetable garden does not have to be entirely functional but it should also look and feel good.   Building some decorative arches and some tomato cages not only makes your garden look good but also helps it produce more crops.   After all, there is more to planting vegetable gardens than just cultivating a spot of land.

Function Over Form

The most well known form garden structures are those that are built to sustain plants and give them the room to climb, hold up the weight of its fruits and other plants as well.

Building cages and poles lets you have a vertical garden which boosts your produce per square foot since you’ll have more space to plant in the ground.

Vegetables like cucumbers, peas, peppers and eggplants need lots of garden support.   Carrying these vegetables above ground not only will produce better crop it also protects it from insects found in the soil.   Plus, the fruits will be less likely to rot if planted this way.   Building other support structures like stakes and cages will help in making your plants grow stronger and taller.

Choose Your Structure

If you plan to shop for things for your garden online or in a garden store, you’ll notice how many choices there are when it comes to garden structures.   A great online garden resource is a company called Garden Supply Company.   Not only do they have a mail-order catalogue, they make trellises for plants like cucumbers that serve as a shade to neighboring plants, tomato cages, spiral supports, bean towers, maypoles and others.

Garden structures may vary especially in terms of form and function because they not only are very supportive of plants it also makes your garden look good.   The best kind of garden is not only beautiful, but also enhances the health of the vegetables planted there.

Form over Function

There are so many options when it comes to building your vegetable garden especially if you’re purpose is purely aesthetic.   You can build ornaments like arches, trellises or archways to beautify your garden.   You can even build walls or doorways to surround your garden for a more visual appeal.

For gardens like these, you can decorate them with plants aside from vegetables.   You can plant beautiful flowers to cover your trellis but choose flowers that are sun friendly and attract helpful insects.

An example is trumpet flowers, which are not only beautiful but they attract bees for your vegetable garden.   Since you also want to attract helpful creatures, you can build a bird bath or a bird house in your garden.   If you’re particularly into organic gardening, the birds can certainly help eliminate pests

As long as you keep your garden attractive to birds and other helpful insects, they will spend a lot of time in your garden and repay you by eating away harmful pests.

Supporting Your Plants

Building plant supports are essential garden structures which is why it’s necessary to use them in the proper way to maximize results.   This does not mean building stakes or cages in the ground and leave the plant to grow on its own.

There are other materials like plant ties, jute cords or twines which you can use to tie up your plant to the cages or poles but don’t tie them too tight.

Another great support when it comes to planting vegetables gardens are stakes.   Make sure to drive them properly into the ground and space them a little further from your main plant to avoid hitting its roots.