How to Plan an Efficient Garden This Year

Spring and its accompanying warmer weather motivate many people to spend time outdoors and be active. If you are one of those people and have considered starting a more efficient garden this year, there are aspects you will need to plan out before you start building a raised bed or tilling the ground.

Set a Goal for Your Garden

You will first need to decide what you want to accomplish with your garden. Do you want to grow your own food? Do you want to improve your gardening skills? Maybe you just want to create a beautiful space in your yard. Any of these—as well as any others you can think of—are all great goals and will affect how you approach your garden.

Pick a Location

The location of your garden is extremely important. If your lawn is out of hand and you are not sure where to fit a garden, simplify your lawn first. Keep in mind that mowing grass is easier along straight edges and gentle curves. This can help you decide how to rearrange your lawn if needed. (Tip: When you mow your lawn, leave the clippings on the grass. This way, you will not have to dispose of them, and the clippings will feed your lawn.)

Once you have a place in mind, be sure that the area sees plenty of sunlight so your garden can thrive. Clear out any leaves, weeds, or dense plants and flowers that are too close. Those areas often house snails and slugs. If they are too close, they will start feeding themselves from your garden before you get the chance.

Figure Out Frost Dates

You will need to know when the first and last frost dates are in your area to prevent your garden from freezing. This will help you know how early you can start planting and when you should be done for the year. Also, pay attention to the recommended times each plant should be started. Starting them too early can give them a weak start that affects the rest of their growing.

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Design the Layout

Make your layout and process as efficient as possible. Raised beds are easier to reach and require less bending. Put higher maintenance plants closer to your home or where you store your tools for easier access. Keep plants that need more water closer to your water source, or find other ways to water them (soaker hoses are a great tool). Remember that some plants require more space than others and will need to be more spaced out, while others can remain close together.

Gather Your Tools

There are many different tools you may need, including a shovel, trowel, rake, and etc. You will also need a good soil and fertilizer if you are starting from scratch (you can make your own fertilizer by making your own compost), and other people’s experience is also great to have. Their experiences can help you know how to beat out pests, water the right amount, and make the most of your plants.


Once you have planned everything out, you are ready to create an efficient garden. It will take time to get everything down and you will learn as you go. Be committed to your garden’s upkeep and remember to have fun with it!

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Lacey Jolley

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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