Planting a Garden in the
Gardening Zone

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Welcome to the Gardening Zone, step six in designing and planting a Mystical Garden. We hope you enjoy this explorative journey as your Mystical Garden takes shape. If you are in your gardening zone and you feel you are ready to begin… Then here follows some DIY tips for gardening. First, to enable you to create your own floral abundance stretch yourself with a budget.

In the Gardening Zone

Step 1: Learning how to Invest

Learning how to invest in your garden can dramatically increase the value of your home. Spend at least 5 to 10 % of the value of your home on your garden – you could make up to 100% of this on capital growth when you sell your house, as it would increase the value of your house by at least 10% when your house goes to market. If you cannot afford this in one go, install your garden plans in stages and plant according to a gardening zone.

Step 2: Levels to Create before Planting a Garden

The first stage of any landscaping project involves removing invader plants, plants you can’t transplant or use in the design, clearing the site of unwanted material and assessing and correcting the levels.

Garden Levels

Sloped areas are impractical and uncomfortable – you can’t build areas to meditate comfortably otherwise. The circles mentioned in the planning stage for example would ideally be placed on level areas. The space also appears smaller than it really is if on a slope. Create one or two terraces to increase the illusion of distance and make the space practical – illusions are a wonderful concept in garden design ideas. It also protects your garden from flooding and your soil from erosion. The downside, however, is that it involves moving soil and putting in retaining walls, which is expensive and labour intensive. Tie ribbons around trees and shrubs not to be removed during this stage.

Step 3: Garden Design Ideas for Irrigation

Irrigation goes in first. Drip irrigation is most economical method, delivering water straight to the plants’ roots. While there are a number of different kinds of systems, computerised irrigation reduces water waste.

Your garden design ideas should suite the irrigation system according to plant types and their water requirements. When you plan your gardening zone map, decide which plants will go where, keep “heavy drinkers” together in one zone, and plants with light water requirements in another. Split the irrigation into “rooms” or garden zones, so there’s enough pressure for each zone.

Water Wall

The pipes should go at least 400mm underground to prevent damage from spades and garden forks when you’re doing garden maintenance. If, you have puppies or dogs that dig, you can go as deep as 450mm. And use metal “risers” (the bits that pop up and spray the water) rather than the more common plastic ones.

Step 4: Irrigation DIY Tips for Gardening

Set your irrigation to water between 5.30am and 7am in summer, so that the water has a chance to settle in, but won’t remain too damp around the roots. If you water late at night in summer, there’s a risk of fungal disease and mildew. In winter, set it to come on after 8.30am, so that it doesn’t make frost and burn the plants. Don’t water on windy and cold days below 3 degrees Celsius, for the same reason.

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