Plant by Numbers
Gardens Made Easy
Measure your garden width and length. Take note if your site is sunny or shady so you choose from the right collection to suit your conditions. If your garden is shady in the morning but gets all afternoon sun - select from the Sunny Collections, if your garden gets morning sun but afternoon is shady then you can select from the Shady Collection
Clear the garden of weeds and plants and dig in compost. Rake and break up large clumps.
Pin down the Placement Paper. If (as in the above photo) there are two lines of plants put the smaller circles (B - Border plants) to the front of the garden beside the path as these are the smaller plants with taller growing plants behind.
Match up the letters and numbers of the plants to the correct position on the corresponding marked circle.
Cut an X into the centre of the circle, tuck back under. Dig out soil to create space to plant
Add a fertilizer tablet into the hole, remove the paper from the plant and plant into the hole
Continue planting. Try to make sure that the soil level of the plant is level with the soil level of your garden. If your soil stays quite wet, plant so that the plant is sitting high in the hole. Apply bark mulch on top of the Placement Paper. Mulch is very important to the success of your garden and you can buy it by the trailer load or in bags from DIY stores and Garden Centres. Mulch helps to suppress weeds, retain moisture in the soil and keep soil temperatures more even, and as it breaks down it adds to the composition of your soil and nutrients. To do its job properly, it must be approx 10cm thick (approx the length of your middle finger)
Water the garden well. The first summer you will need to water daily if your garden is newly planted. From time to time check that you are watering sufficiently by pulling back a little of the bark close to the plant and checking that the soil is moist.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new garden.