You may already have a vision for your
garden. Vegetable, herbaceous perennial, fruiting trees and shrubs; you
have the dream. Unfortunately, we all can’t have Chanticleer with a
staff of professional gardeners. You must be realistic about your
budget, both the monetary budget and the time you can realistically
‘spend’, not only to create but also to maintain your dream garden.
Gardens, like children are work, and must be tended to sometimes on a
daily basis. How do you plan to interact with your garden? Weeding and
watering daily? Out early every morning checking for disease or pests?
Or a more casual style? How will you enjoy your garden? Will you be
able to see it from your kitchen window or will it be the main view from
the living room? Are you looking for cut flowers on your table weekly
or a handful of vegetables for dinner every night? What is your
gardening style: hands-on or laissez faire? How much time and effort do
you really envision interacting with your garden? So dream on, but add
a dose of self-reality, and we will talk more in the next months.