Create a Garden That Fits Your Life

Garden tip from Handmade Garden Projects by Lorene Edwards Forkner

Paperback, $19.95, Timber Press

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This fresh take on life outdoors for gardeners with acres of land, simple city-sized plots or even just windowsills, provides gardeners with step-by-step ideas to convert basic materials into distinctive garden features. The do-it-yourself projects are accompanied by helpful plant guides.



Define goals for your outdoor space, focus on making them happen, and even the tiniest garden lives large. Ask yourself these questions to get started:


  • What do you want to do in your garden? Grow cut flowers and food? Entertain? Escape?
  • When are you available? If you work full time and are only free to spend time outdoors on weekends and in the evening, plan accordingly.
  • Do you prefer open, exposed space or enclosed, sheltered areas? A smart design can protect you from the heat of the day as well as nosy neighbors.
  • Ever heard the saying, “Mother Nature bats last?” Gardeners rarely win in the long run when trying to cheat climatic conditions (such as hardiness zone and soil type) so make sure to plan and plant for your garden’s unique setting.
  • How do you access entrances, the driveway or garage, and any utility spaces? Design for comfort and practicality as well as aesthetics. An inviting entrance is important, but don’t forget to leave room on either side of the driveway to actually get out of the car, or include a path so you can get the garbage out for Monday’s pickup.
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