The beautiful design of the garden will help you make the garden not only more attractive and convenient, but also more productive. Modern trends in landscape design argue that vegetables are as beautiful as flowers, and deserve the right to become the star of our garden. As a result, vegetables grow right next to their decorative relatives – and even displace them to take on the functions of the protagonist in the landscape design of the site.
The garden has always been part of the decorative design of the site in traditional cottage and French gardens. And now in the best gardens of the world you always find vegetable gardens, harmoniously combining vegetables, berries and flowers.
Simple 8 techniques will help you make it luxurious, filled with warmth and beauty, adornment of your beautiful garden.
1. Plan a place
A competent garden design begins with thoughtful planning. You need to decide what area your garden will be, what vegetables you grow on it, where your beds will be located.
Not always your garden will be large, more and more gardeners tend to a small garden, which takes a worthy place in the overall landscape design of the garden.
2. Let the garden be beautiful
Most people with the word “vegetable garden” represent long boring beds with vegetables. But this should not be the only option for your garden design.
A little advice. It makes sense in the first year to test a new shape of the garden, invented on paper. Life can make its own adjustments and the shape of the beds and in their number.
3. Fix the design of the vegetable garden on paper
Even a small garden requires careful planning.
The preliminary design of the garden, which is fixed on your paper, will help you analyze the effectiveness of your design in the current season and plan new combinations of plants and new beds for the following seasons.
4. Make comfortable beds
Be sure to strictly limit each section of your garden. This will not only give it a more accurate look, but also help you in planning your plantings in the next stage.
Clear geometric contours of the bed, even in a small space, create a visual accent in landscape design, while creating a sense of order and purity.
If the soil on your site is not ideal, high beds are the easiest way to solve this problem. Vegetables feel amazingly good in this modern setting.
High beds require investment of time and effort, but all this will return a hundredfold when you realize that you do not have a backache after the next weeding. Of course, it is not necessary to lift the whole vegetable garden above the ground.
Keep the high beds for the kitchen garden with greens and those crops that require the greatest care. So your forces will be spent with maximum efficiency.
Avoid making the beds wide. You must have good access for their processing.
If long – yes please. The main thing is that you can reach freely to the middle, standing on the path.
5. Unusual design options
If you have little space on the site or you do not plan a full-scale garden, you can make unusual beds almost anywhere in your garden. Try on the spot a small flowerbed with a make-up bed with various kinds of greens and tomatoes.
6. Choosing plants
There is no unequivocal answer to the question of locating different crops in the garden. Too many factors play an important role here, and first of all, your climatic zone and soil composition. But there are simple general rules to remember about when planning your planting.
Take into account the position and orientation of your site. Plant high plants so that they do not obscure their undersized neighbors.
Consider the conditions of illumination and irrigation of a separate culture. Do not dictate to your plants your conditions and grow your favorite plants wherever you have a place, without regard for their preferences.
You can always adjust your landings plans to suit the specific conditions of your site. Believe me, there are many plants that will grow with pleasure under your conditions.
Do not forget to take into account the irrigation regime for each garden bed, so that it does not turn out that plants requiring more frequent watering are located in the most inconvenient place for this.
Do not plant one culture for two consecutive years in the same place. This depletes the soil, increases the likelihood of plant disease and reduces yields.
7. Modern design
The main principle of modern garden design is combination. Refusing the idea of ordinary flat beds from one cabbage, next to which are placed boring beds from some cucumbers, you can turn your kitchen garden work of art.
How often do we pay attention to the beauty of the tops of carrots and beets, or how point impregnations of unpretentious marigolds add a beautiful bright accent to the common green garden array?
Flowers, located among the greenery of the garden, create sparks of light. They are also a great way to attract useful insects.
Having learned to “draw” the texture, color and shape of plants in the garden, you can create a real flower bed of vegetables.
And, as in the usual flowerbed, in the design of your garden you will be able to fully express your imagination, acquire a new experience and enjoy successful discoveries.
Even a small bed can be filled with a mixture of vegetables and flowers, which complement each other, and serve as a winning background for plants of the most vivid shades.
8. How to combine plants
But, of course, you can not just take and put mixed in the garden all in a row. Some cultures blend well with each other, and some combinations should be avoided.
9. Design of decorations
You can combine not only garden crops with each other. Fashionable design of the orchard successfully combines vegetables with flowers.
The traditional rural garden is always pleased with the riot of color and texture, in which cozy and flower beds and beds. While many vegetables, such as tomatoes and sweet peppers, are decorative in themselves, adding one or two kinds of flowers to other types of vegetables will provide the necessary presence of bright tones.
If you like cooking dishes on the grill in the garden, then why not plant the necessary seasonings nearby. Such a bright blend of vegetables and ornamental herbs will revive your terrace or gazebo.
And the neighborhood of vegetables with flowers will make your beds very attractive and do not hurt your crop at all. So you can create whole compositions of tasty, useful and beautiful.
The design of the garden is a living process of interaction with the beauty of nature. Experiment! Something depends on your imagination and your desire, and something you tell the plants themselves.