You can learn a lot from garden design books. Garden design books show you how to lay out various types of gardens and can give you creative ideas as well as technical advice. Every gardener should build a library of garden design books by various authors, although there are websites and online books where you can research, too.
Garden design books and websites can give you suggestions and “secrets” for starting and cultivating fruit gardens, vegetable gardens, herb gardens, flower gardens, mixed gardens that include trees, and even container gardens, kitchen gardens, Winter gardens, French raised bed gardens, gardens that are based on color themes, and “butterfly” gardens (that is, they are specially set up to attract butterflies).
These books allow you to learn from the thoughts and experiences of other gardeners and will be able to provide you with measurements, dimensions, suggested tools, suggested varieties and types of seeds, instructions for composting and mulching, and so forth.
What are some of the key ideas that you’ll learn from quality garden design books?
- How to have the “just right” soil for what you want to grow. You’ll learn how to get your local soil tested, or perform the DIY testing, for pH balance and how to adjust it with either lime or sulfur in accordance with the needs of the plants you intend to grow. You’ll also learn about proper and efficient methods of mulching, composting, and fertilizing.
- Layouts. Yes, layout of the garden is quite important. You need to know how much space certain plants, bushes, herbs, and trees need for their runners and roots. Furthermore, you’ll want a layout that is a mixture of efficiency, aesthetic appeal, and weeding/watering convenience.
- What rocks to get rid of and what rocks to keep. Some rocks and stones go well with particular garden designs. Others will just be in the way or hinder growth. And some will just be aesthetically displeasing. You’ll learn what to throw away and what to keep.
- What you should try to grow in the area where you live. Growing regions are divided up into “zones” according to climate. Each zone has its weaknesses and advantages for different plants and trees. Knowing what will flourish and what will flounder in your zone is essential to healthy and bountiful gardening.
What’s enumerated above is just a small sample of the ideas you’ll find in garden design books. For even more ideas about garden designing, just follow the link below.