Planning your garden: Make sketches

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Planning your garden

Planning your garden, Now, after the necessary analysis (Articles 1 to 6), we are back to the design of our project. With the translucent paper (vegetable or butter) on the base drawing of the land, make some sketches with different alternatives for the land, adjusting the areas of use in a way that takes into account the characteristics of the place and the needs of the family. Use circles, ellipses and rectangles to specify spaces within public and private areas. Ask other family members for opinions and ideas. You might be surprised by a new way of looking at space. Keep the sketches that best fit the terrain and family needs. Throw away everything else.

An example sketch delimiting the useful areas
An example sketch delimiting the useful areas

As you make your sketches, consider the following questions:
– Does the existing vegetation on the site, which you want to preserve, fit with your current plans?
– Is the relief of your land, including inclines and slopes, appropriate for your proposed land use?
– Have you planned the different areas to make the best use of sunlight?
After answering these questions, you may want to rule out some land use arrangements and consider alternatives.

Paths, whether grassy or paved areas, should be planned to provide convenient movement between different areas of use. Indicate these routes with arrows on your sketches.

So far, you’ve been collecting and combining information about your land, your home, and your needs. In order to give specific shape to your general areas of use and complete your landscaping project, you will need to understand a bit of design in addition to compositional principles. The next articles will give an overview of these subjects.

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