Saturday, May 19, 2012

Planning and Budgeting

Since I love to garden, when I moved into my single family house, I quickly learned that I had a huge chore ahead to make the property look great.  

I spent quite a bit of time drawing out my plans on graph paper, re-designing, re-writing and re-drawing.  Since I am not the wealthiest man on the planet and there are other things I need to do, such as eat so I can write this blog, I divided my garden plans into sections for planting and budgeting purposes.

"Shasta Daisy"
Wildlife Gardening:  Since I love this type of gardening, I set this as my first priority.  I spent time putting my details into the plans and got several people to help me to build it.  Using a piece of property 60 feet wide and 15 feet deep, I put in a dry stream bed for drainage and built up the other areas for planting.  In this area, I used native plants, a birdbath and several bird houses.  

Curb Appeal 101: Every home needs curb appeal.  The gardens are often what gets a buyers attention and can either make or break the beauty of your home.  

I began this project carefully.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this at first, because other areas of the property were more important to me.  However, knowing the truth of the first paragraph in this section, I budgeted some money for a few plants like "May Night and Snow Cap Salvias" as well as some annuals like petunias and marigolds.  Keeping the grass cut and edged while adding these plants improved the curb appeal quite abit. 

It's really a simple process.   Dream.  Draw and Design.  Budget. Plan.

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