If you’ve ever wandered around your local
hardware store in San Jose you’ve probably lost yourself in the garden section dreaming about
a relaxing garden of your own. But before you buy a dozen potted plants
and stepping stones and get to work turning your dream garden into a reality,
there are some important questions you should answer first to make sure
you end up with the garden you really want. Here are some questions to
ask prior to “digging in.”
What type of garden do I want?
A garden is a garden, right? Not exactly. There are different
types of gardens you can have depending on your interests and what you want to get out
of having a garden in the first place. For example, if you want to grow
your own fruits and vegetables, your garden design will be different than
if you’re planning a garden space for relaxing or entertaining.
When will I spend time in the garden?
Knowing when you will spend the most time in your garden can help you design
the extra features and elements that separate a real garden from just
another concentrated area of potted plants and stepping stones. For example,
if you will primarily use or enjoy your garden in the evenings after work,
make sure you design your garden with plenty of soft lighting so that
you can see what you’re doing without ruining the warm and relaxing
atmosphere of your garden.
How much time do I have for maintenance and care?
More than simply the garden you want, try to design your space around the
garden you can realistically maintain. The amount of time you have for
watering, weeding, fertilizing, and generally tending to your garden will
determine the types of plants and seeds you buy from your local San Jose
nursery. A garden expert can make suggestions and recommendations based
on the amount of time you have and your previous gardening experience.