I found this article over at the website of Planet Natural. The author makes the point that unless you make a plan before you start you are likely to run into problems later. As he says “Don’t plant a banyan tree in a small yard or you soon won’t have a yard”. This is a comprehensive article with helpful tips for anyone wanting to create a new garden.

Okay, so you want to start a garden. While it?s tempting to rush out and start digging and planting, it?s a good idea to take some time and begin planning your attack. Here are some garden design guidelines to keep in mind that will ensure your first attempt is a huge success.
Plant for your needs.?This is important. If you have a very small backyard but plant a banyan tree, you soon won?t have a backyard, just tree. Or if you have small children or pets, flowers like lupine or sweet peas are beautiful but poisonous. Use common sense.
Choose plants that will thrive in your area.?It?s always easier to work with plants that like the climate that you?ve got, rather than running around all day, watering, fertilizing, and weeding to keep them happy. A little research will go a long way. Find out what other local gardeners are doing or talk with your local?Cooperative Extension Service.
Build the soil before you plant.?Raking a couple bags of manure or compost into a seedbed before there is anything planted is relatively easy. Trying to transform the soil around already established plants is a Herculean task. Also, I should mention that one of the most basic rules of organic gardening is taking good care of your soil. Your garden will be healthier and have fewer problems with insects, diseases, and weeds.
Know how much light your future garden will get.?You may have some great vegetables planted out there, but no amount of praying to the gardening gods will get them to grow if they don?t have enough light. Ask yourself a few basic questions: How is the light distributed? Are their shady spots? What about sun rich areas? Matching up the right plant, to how much light an area of your garden receives, can prevent big problems down the road.

Read the rest at the original source at Planet Natural
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