There’s something gratifying about gardening. Whether you love the view of lush colors outside or growing produce, it’s lovely to watch things grow.
However, gardening can become quite messy not only because you need to work on dirt but also because of the different elements—tools, plants, and overall aesthetics—you must use.
You should start organizing when your garden doesn’t look like one, you can’t find what you need, or you have to guess which plants are growing where.
This article shares valuable tips and strategies— from careful planning and investing in lifestyle and farm sheds to regular maintenance—that can help you manage your garden.
1. Assess Your Garden
Organizing your garden starts with a better understanding of the current situation. Regardless of the size of your garden, you’ll find things that are out of place—from dead leaves to tools resting under a tree.
Before checking out garden sheds or buying anything, walk around your garden and list what needs to be done. An initial assessment can help you better plan how to tackle your garden organization project.
2. Invest In A Garden Shed
If you don’t have a shed yet, getting one can significantly contribute to an organized garden. Your garden supplies and tools should be stored better. Don’t leave them where you last used them.
While convenient, you may want to stop using your garage or basement as a catch-all area for your gardening supplies.
Instead, invest in a dedicated garden shed to store and keep all your gardening tools and plants in a single place.
A garden shed can help improve your garden tools’ longevity instead of being left out of rust. In addition, it prevents you from buying more tools or gardening essentials, such as pots, just because you can’t keep track of your inventory.
That said, organizing your tools doesn’t end with shed installation. Whether you recently installed a shed or already have one, you should also keep things organized inside.
Invest in racks, shelving, hangers, and other storage solutions to help you stay on top of everything inside your shed. This way, you’ll spend more time in your garden than looking for supplies in your shed.
3. Plan Your Planting
Plant planning is a surefire way to keep your garden tidy and ready. The trick here is to draw a garden map to understand better what’s possible to grow with the space you have.
Planning your plants also helps you determine your gardening strategies in terms of plant variety and size.
Aside from helping you grow plants efficiently, careful planning reduces waste. With their maximum growth in mind, you can purchase only the number of plants or seeds you’ll need for your garden.
4. Leverage Raised Beds
Using raised beds is a common strategy to keep your plants organized. Garden beds keep tidy blocks of planting while making the most out of the available space.
In addition, raised beds, whether elevated or tiered, can provide much better soil drainage, prevent critters and pests from feasting off your harvest, and allow for more diverse planting in your garden.
5. Use Tags
It can be easy to forget what you’ve planted in one area, making it difficult to recognize what’s what until months later. This is particularly true for extensive gardens with numerous plants and seedlings.
Plant tags and labels can help you locate and manage your plants, especially if you do seasonal planting.
It also helps monitor plant growth and allows you to record care instructions. If you’re trying out intercropping, a plant marker is valuable for keeping track of what you’ve planted together.
Keep Up With Garden Maintenance
Nothing looks better than a tidy garden. However, managing a garden isn’t a one-and-done task. Once you’ve fully organized your garden, you need to keep up with maintenance.
To keep your garden in check and aesthetically pleasing, eliminate all the dead or overgrown sections by cutting them away while also pulling out weeds. These dead weights not only look ugly but are also bad for plant growth.
When marking your planting dates, don’t forget to mark your estimated harvest dates. Harvesting is your reward for all your hard work, so don’t let your produce go to waste.
Having a green thumb isn’t enough. You’ll be able to grow plants, yes. But when you’re also going for garden aesthetics and functionality, you need to organize your garden.
Organizing your garden can be pretty overwhelming. Following the above tips is an excellent way to start. You don’t have to do all of them at once.
Each can help you create an attractive and healthy garden that’s easier to maintain.