I am so excited to share the steps to convert a yard into a garden. No matter how large or small the space is, the end product is one that will change the way you live in your home. I never thought that the journey of changing the every day yard produced by a Developer would transform my life in such an impactful way. Even a cookie cutter home can be transformed and change the way you live every day.
Converting a yard into a garden is a matter of planning ahead. We will explore how to think of the space and understand how you use it, soil composition, sun exposure and begin planning. Let’s explore!
Are you ready to leave the fear behind and get your hands dirty?!
Now, I am so excited for you, this post will provide your with confidence to begin digging.
The secret garden has been one of my favorite projects! The challenge of working on a narrow yard is interesting. The goal is to make this area special, a specific goal that will be different from the rest of your garden. For me it was to introduce blue flowers, play with height without using trees that may provide too much shade.
Creating an Entrance with an arch makes this it own oasis and at the end introduce a focal point. For us it was a shed for all of our tools.
Where to Start when you Convert a Yard into a Garden?
Don’t think of a yard as just a space to plant and look pretty, but a place that becomes a ‘Cocoon’ and will nurture your soul. I don’t think anything has impacted my life so much as the day that I decided to transform my little yard and prove that you can not only just have flowers, many flowers, but you can produce food and impact the ecology in a positive way.
This blog post is going to guide and encourage the small yard gardener to take it to the next level and not only convert a yard into a garden, but incorporate your every day habits and create your ‘Cocoon’.
Learn what a Garden offers you and in turn Nature
- Extension of your Home: Your garden will become an extension of your home. You will not only live every day indoors, but many of the functions you can do indoors can be now performed in the great outdoors.
- Impact to the Environment: You will have an opportunity to impact ecology by using organic products, creating the right environment for pollinators and an oasis for birds.
- Grow your own Food: This is the best of turning a yard into a garden! Growing your own food. With food so expensive these day, turning your yard into a garden that produces food is one of my favorite ones. Whether you are growing by buying seedlings at the store or growing seeds, there is nothing like it!
- Gathering Space: I live in the PNW and rain is not an enjoyable part of this beautiful place. But when the weather is great, family and friends always gather in my garden’s seating area.
- Explore and Learn about Plants and Food: You do not need to be an expert to covert lawn into a garden. The internet and others in the amazing gardening community offer so much information. You will discover the endless possibilities that will be the most fun you will ever have. A life full of color and songs of nature!
You do not need to be an Expert!
I have to start here, do not think you need to be an expert or that you need to have a green thumb to grow a garden.
No, I am serious!
You follow the process and soon will have an oasis.
I am self taught and you do not need perfection, you just need to think of the gardening experience as an opportunity to explore and experiment.
Failure is not failure, it is an opportunity to try again. Let me say this again; Failure is an opportunity to try again and it provides you with more knowledge.
Converting your lawn into a garden will make for those times that a plant may not survive or be happy. But know that your can easily find out the why. Does it need more sun, a fertilizer or some help with pollinating.
I am so excited for you because to see your garden transform is such an amazing feeling!
3 Main Items to think of when you Convert a Yard into a Garden
- PLANNING: Create a list of your goals; trees, plants, flowers, food you want to grow. Check out my post ‘+10 Favorite Gardening Tools for a Better Gardening Experience‘ for steps on garden planning.
- SUN / SHADE: Observe the different zones of your yard at all seasons and track the sun pattern to select the plants that will be best for sun, shade or partial shade.
- SOIL: It is not a matter of just removing your lawn to begin the garden. If I have to select the most important thing to do when converting a yard into a garden, this is it. Prepare your soil, amend and build the beds with the correct soil and compost in order to make it flourish. Check out my post ‘+10 Favorite Gardening Tools for a Better Gardening Experience‘ . You will find more information on soil, compost, worms and worm castings.
The sketching will provide the basis of your most critical elements, but as you continue to understand the garden, sun, your needs, plants you love, how much you want to produce in food and more, the garden will continue to transform. For example, I have fallen in love with dahlias and removed some of the plants on my beds to make space for my passion for dahlias.
What are the 2 items that will give you an advantage?
- GROW VERTICALLY: When you convert a yard into a garden and grow food in a small area, growing food vertically is going to produce so much more food. You can accomplish this by using panel trellises, arch trellises or tiered planters. Check out my post ‘+10 Favorite Gardening Tools for a Better Gardening Experience‘. You will learn about my favorite vertical tiered planter.
- WATER: This is so critical in converting a yard in a garden, but not in the way you think. You may be saying, water? What, why, is not a flower? Hear me out; Pollinators need water, not only birds need water, butterflies; solitary bees, bumble bees, moths and more. You are creating an ecosystem that will work for you and give you so much back! I know I am not a fan of hand pollinating everything, much rather have them do it for me. Whether you do a pond or add a bird bath, they just need a water source.
Yes, you can try to have the most beautiful trees and flowers, but if you don’t build from the foundation up, your garden will not be successful. Simple steps to creative your amazing garden space.
Create a Cozy Space when you Convert a Yard into a Garden.
Let’s be real, if we don’t feel cozy, we won’t use the space.
I love to bring my computer outside to work or grab a book and a blanket or even better, enjoy that fire pit while sipping wine. Convert a yard into a garden and it will provide you with endless opportunities.
Can you see yourself already?
I may need to take a break from typing to get a glass of wine and enjoy it in front of my fire pit. It is heaven! Check out my post ‘Easy Steps to Create a Cozy Home’. READ HERE!
Remember that this is now a garden not just a yard. Go make it your own ‘Cocoon’ to enjoy it whether alone or with others.
Take the Leap to harvesting soon!
Convert your lawn into a garden and soon you will be harvesting food and flowers. I can’t find a better pleasure than to have a handful of lettuce or bring in beautiful dahlias to enjoy or a basket of hand picked salad greens at every dinner!
Have you read, ‘HELP! My DAHLIAS are not blooming! / MY FAVORITES!’. READ HERE!
Go take the first steps, it will change your life!
It certainly changed my life’s journey. It is bliss!
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