It is wrong to think that organizing your garden is just for decorative purposes. According to professional gardeners, an organized garden can boost your harvest by 78%. It's less vulnerable to gardening problems like pests, molds, and weeds.
And to help you boost your harvest, we’ve come up with a list of 5 simple steps to organize your garden. While most of them sound simple, they are fool-proof ways to keep your garden tidy and neat!
1. Use tape tools
The best tip on the list— use tape tools!
Have a look at our video below to discouver all their benefits and why gardeners LOVE THEM 😍
Natasha H. - Gastonia, NC
Tape tools are some of the most overlooked gardening tools despite their numerous benefits.
With a tape tool, you can guide the growth of your plants’ branches and vines. Whether it’s on a garden bed or a trellis, your plants will grow where they are supposed to.
Aside from the fact that it’s a way to keep your garden organized garden, it also ensures proper growth of all your plants. Branches without tape tools tend to break or damage plants beside them.
Tape tools can also help you in tracking the growth of your plants and the maintenance they need. This ensures proper harvest. You can do this via color-coding. For example, you can use an orange ribbon for those that can be harvested in a week, yellow for those that need more compost, or green if they need better irrigation.
Just in case you think you can do these things without a tape tool… imagine going through your garden holding shears, ribbons, ropes, and staplers compared to holding JUST ONE TOOL.
With a tape tool, one hand is enough. Imagine the convenience.
2. Plan your garden by blocks
Just like in sports, gardening requires a game plan. And the best way to do that is through blocks.
The block method is simple. You just have to get the correct measurement of your garden, lay it down on paper, and plan the positions of your vegetables by blocks—just like planning rooms in your house. In planning the blocks, you have to research the space needed for each kind of vegetable.
The block method technique allows you to maximize the space of your garden without sacrificing the needed distance among your plants. Aside from that, a garden planned in blocks is easier to maintain. You can even create a diary per block to observe the development of your plants!
3. Don’t overcrowd
Concerning the first tip, when planning your garden, you should account for everything. This includes your irrigation system, shed, tools, pathways, and other equipment for maintenance.
Disregarding these factors often leads to an overcrowded and disorganized garden. Not only will it look untidy, but it can also cause accidents, stressful maintenance, and useless tools!
For example, when you don’t account for your sprinkler irrigation when planning, you might position it so that your plants might not get an equal water supply— or no water at all! Furthermore, its pipes and tubes may cause people to trip which can be dangerous especially in a garden.
If possible, you should also see that your shed or your maintenance tools are near your garden beds. Don’t underestimate how tiring it can be when you need to pace back and forth with heavy gardening tools!
Tool accessibility will decrease the time and effort you need for maintenance by approximately 60%. It can boost your garden productivity in an instant.
4. Try container gardening
If you have limited space or really having a hard time organizing your garden, using containers such as vegetable grow bags is the answer.
The use of containers will literally keep everything in place. You don’t have to think about the soil getting all over the area or the water making numerous puddles and muds. It’s also easier to maintain an ideal condition for each of your plants.
However, it’s essential to use trellis when doing container gardening. This is a step most gardeners forget.
Without a trellis, your containers cannot support the height of your plants. This may result in your containers tumbling over or your vines growing all over your patio.
When your plants have reached at least 1 feet, you should already secure their branches into a trellis.
5. Be committed to maintenance works
Last but not least, do maintenance work faithfully.
The lack of maintenance work causes almost 80% of unorganized gardens. No matter how good your seeds are or how healthy your soil is, when you don’t have the patience and perseverance to maintain your garden, it’s impossible to get good results.
Weeding, harvesting on time, and pruning are important maintenance works. However, most people overlook other maintenance tasks that don’t just result in an unorganized garden but also poor harvest.
These maintenance works include checking your irrigation system for leaks, oiling and sharpening tools, and soil checking.
Ready to keep your garden tidy? Remember that your garden is a reflection of your personality. So, bring out those shears and tape tools!