The process of gardening, from planning to execution is half the satisfaction. Digging in the dirt has been called the cheapest therapy on the planet. And you get tomatoes!
And the other half is enjoying the results. In my opinion, a garden is planted and tended to not only feed our soul during the process, but to create an environment that feeds the soul. We all need a place to replenish our energies, get grounded and unplug in this era of being hooked up to the internet all the time.
Take some time in your garden planning to find out what kind of environment fills you up. The options are only limited to your imagination. Get your inspiration from books, magazines, websites – you never know where your next best idea will come from.
I’m planning a new landscape and have been inspired to install several elements I’ve never done before: a vertical strawberry garden, a dedicated herb garden, a fern garden by an outdoor shower, a chandelier in a tree. While researching these, I stumbled upon images of a labyrinth garden and I’m totally inspired to lay out the entire property around the concept of a labyrinth.
I’m in the early stages, so I’m not really sure what the fully fleshed out idea will look like, but I’m pulling out the graph paper to plot some options.
What I am sure about is that I want each part of my garden to add up to a whole, cohesive design. So instead of looking at one corner and wondering what will look good there, I’m creating a master plan and taking bite sized chunks out of it.