Buying a new home? Furnish, then flower. While new home buyers will spend thousands of dollars beautifying the inside of their home, many neglect the outside, often because they don’t have the skills and patience to create their own garden. But it doesn’t have to be that way! “Your First Garden: A Landscape Primer for New Owners” (Firefly Books, $19.95) is a perfect paperback resource for home buyers with little-to-no gardening experience who need to transform their yard into a welcoming, appealing space that will add to the value of their home.
Says author Judith Adam: “Much of the foundation of good landscape planning is simply rational thinking: learning how to divide space, how to determine essential and practical uses and how to make changes and choices in all the areas of your property.”
She takes readers through the simple steps first-time gardeners need to create the outdoor space they want. Adam begins by inspiring home buyers to find their personal style and inspiration, assessing the pros and cons home buyers may find at a site, and suggesting ways to rectify any issues they may come across, such as poor soil and bad drainage. From here, readers learn how to plan out the space by building garden beds, and are taught the basics of fertilization and plant nutrition. Lastly, Adam breaks down the best low-maintenance annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs to grow in a new garden.
“Your First Garden” is a primer on the basic elements of landscape design and garden creation. It is filled with beautiful color photographs, diagrams and instructions and is chockful of hints and tips that even seasoned gardeners will appreciate. Some of these include: Use a ratio of $1,000 each year you expect to remain on the property; select perennials with a hardiness zone rating that extends to colder regions beyond your own garden to avoid needing to wrap plants during winter months; cover exposed soil at the base of trees and shrubs with organic mulch can help prevent weeds from germinating; consider consulting contractors and landscape designers for the jobs you aren’t familiar with (they should supply you with written cost estimates and details about plant sizes and costs, as well as the amount and cost of soil, foundation materials, stones and lumber that will be needed)
“Your First Garden” is the ideal how-to and inspiration book for anyone looking to start their first garden. It not only takes away the daunting task of getting started, but teaches you how to care for and enjoy your garden for years to come. get blooming!