Bob Vila Radio: Garden Planning

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Sep 16, 2020 7:18 PM

A little garden design and planning before you spend any money or pull on the gloves can give you a better garden every year… without breaking the bank.

Garden Planning


Listen to BOB VILA ON GARDEN PLANNING, or read text below:

Start by making a sketch of your yard, using different colors to indicate sunny and shady areas. Take one section of the yard at a time, and determine how it’s used and what the soil and weather conditions are. That’ll tell you what you can plant here.

Only then should you think about what you’d like to plant here. Think in terms of the view from the windows, the view from the street, and a coherent color scheme that doesn’t have everything blooming at the same time. Transplant anything that wasn’t successful the year before to a better spot, and then your sketch will tell you how much you really need to buy to complete the picture, without overbuying.

The planning gets easier if you have a garden journal from previous years to refer to, so start one this year and watch your garden, and your savings, improve!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on garden planning, consider the following Bob Vila articles and video:

Landscaping: A Good Investment
Quick Tip: Design a “Green” Garden
38 Ideas for a Peaceful Garden Refuge