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  1. Pam/Digging says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, SMR! While I would never want to discourage anyone from going ahead and digging (that’s my blog’s title, after all), I do think you’re wise to pause for a moment to think long-term about your garden design. Even a rough sketch on a napkin will help you envision your garden spaces and plan ahead for them. Then it’s easier to tackle one small piece at a time so as not to get overwhelmed trying to do everything at once.

    If you’re like me, your plan will evolve over time and is to be expected. But just the process of thinking out a plan has always helped me get started on the right track.

    Since you’re interested in New Mexican gardens, I recommend two books for design ideas: Secret Gardens of Santa Fe (nice eye candy) and Yard Full of Sun, a wonderful garden memoir about creating a garden on the outskirts of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. While the plants he uses won’t necessarily gel with Austin, the accompanying photos will give you some great ideas, plus the book is wonderfully written.

  2. SMR says:

    Thank you for the book recommendations. Those both sound like they will be full of great ideas for structure and planning, and lots of fun to look at. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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