The following is an outline of the design process:
- observing environmental criteria
- questioning clients about garden dreams
- needs assessment, and available resources
Base Plan of the property measuring 1 inch = 4 feet or 8 feet from measuring and photographing the site.
Preliminary Plan: This plan will be a tissue overlay of the base plan, along with a suggested preliminary plant list and phases of installation.
Final Plan: Two sets of blueprints
- Plant Schedule
- Phases of Installation Notes
Garden walk-through with client offering written comments for soil fertility, pest management, appropriate water use, transitions to permanent garden beds, sheet mulching, fruit and perennial crop selection. Select bi-monthly, monthly, or seasonal plan.
Coaching could also include hands-on education of gardening techniques such as how-to implement garden design; pruning fruit trees and cane fruit; bed prep; compost making; insect ID; sowing seeds and dividing perennials.
Old gardens have a charm that is waiting for some editing to reveal their beauty: judicious pruning or shrub removal, widening paths, creating outdoor rooms from existing features. Garden consultation with written notes or design on paper.
One of the foundations of the of the edible landscape and small homestead, fruit trees need a healthy start:
- Variety selection and proper enclosure from deer
- Proper planting and staking
- Routine foliar-feed health-reinforcing and disease-preventative combos
Plant an orchard as a legacy for future generations.