March 10, 2010

Little Known Ways to Organic Garden Design

Today's post is a guest article by fellow gardener Emma Spivey. More about Emma at the end of her post.

One of the most interesting features that you can have in your home is a garden. However, there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration when growing one.

For example, how are you supposed to create the garden layout? What are the features that you need to incorporate in the garden? How about outdoor furniture pieces? And which garden plants should you grow – herbal, ornamental, vegetables or flowering shrubs?
Finally, what are you supposed to use to feed the soil and get rid of the possible pests to harm your plants?

It’s the last part that we will try to discover here. Over the years, more and more homeowners are becoming aware of the fact that when designing their garden, there is the environment that they also need to take into consideration.

Rather than designing the layout of the garden with only aesthetics in mind, it is a good idea to also consider sustainability. As a result, you can make sure that you not only have a beautiful but an eco-friendly garden as well.

Top Designing Tips for an Eco-Friendly Garden
Basically, your goal if you would like to maintain a garden is that it should be as eco-friendly as possible – and the garden maintenance steps that you will use should be organic. For this, it simply means that you will not be using chemical-based product to fertilize the soil or get rid of pests.
What are you supposed to use instead? Take a look at the following list:

Balancing Ponds - The main purpose of balancing ponds is to hold and store flood water in case there is excessive rainfall. The good thing about incorporating one in your garden design is that it will retain a certain volume of water, enhance the performance of the garden by removing nutrients, organic matter and collected sediment.

Eco-friendly Plants - Naturally, you need to make sure that all the plant species that you will have in your garden is eco-friendly. It should help attract wildlife and create biodiversity in your garden.
Eco-friendly plants should increase the population of butterflies, bees and birds to make your garden not just good for the environment, but beautiful to look at as well.

Sustainable Materials - From the flower pots that you are using to the pieces of garden furniture that you will use to design your garden with – all of these should be made from sustainable materials. Make sure that they require less energy to be manufactured, installed and can be considered as least harmful to your garden and the environment.

Rainwater Harvesting - Finally, you can incorporate diverters or down sprouts in your garden design to collect rainwater so that it can be reused. This is an ideal way to irrigate small gardens.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can rest assured that the garden that you have is not just beautiful but eco-friendly as well.

About the Author - Emma Spivey writes for solar birdbath fountains , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to design and eco-friendly garden using solar power.


  1. Thanks for the helpful post!

    I was delighted to see last weekend that the sedums you sent me are coming back :)

  2. I raked back the leaves today and mine have spread over the winter. Do you have buttercups blooming yet. I have fat buds. It's going to be nice tomorrow and I'm off -i'll be in thegarden early! WooHoo!

  3. This is very good Little Known Ways to Organic Garden Design beautiful article very nice..
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  4. Thank You, I think Emma did a good job too.