SGD scholar Simon’s backyard – Portugal – Profitable Backyard & Life-style Design

This week now we have a Portuguese paradise belonging to Simon & Imi – it definitely wasn’t a paradise to start with although – I’ll move you over to Simon to provide the particulars…

Hello Rachel

I’ve been eager to drop you a line for some time…

As a flat dweller in Hong Kong for over 20 years, after I moved to Portugal in 2020 I had no thought the place to begin with gardening.

Whereas the builders had been busy wrecking what was within the present backyard, I took your Profitable Backyard Design Course and set about planning for one thing new.

Here’s what we began with:

I used to be happy to seek out the Quick Monitor Backyard Design Course which offered a sensible method with complete supplies. As I acquired caught into the course, it turned simpler to find out what we favored and what we didn’t, and this helped us construct confidence in creating our personal design.

Our want listing was bold – totally different areas through which we may loosen up, socialize, play video games, a jungle, a sizzling tub, a farm… The challenges had been a back-to-front wrap-around odd-shaped backyard on a website sloping from entrance to rear, selection of building supplies, selecting crops, finances and ongoing upkeep. The course helped inform our selections on all of those points when contemplating the design.

One other helpful useful resource I discovered was a cell app: Solar’s Path. This informed me the place the sunshine would fall at totally different instances of the day or 12 months, which helped guarantee our sundown deck wouldn’t be left within the shade on the important time. Philp Oostenbrink’s “The Jungle Backyard” guide was additionally a wonderful information.

Discovering a gardener with experience on native crops and entry to nurseries was vital, and researching and discovering crops that will thrive primarily based on our USDA Plant Hardiness Zone additionally meant that we may get the crops that we favored if not sourced regionally.

Executing on our remaining design, we cleared a lot of the backyard and began once more. We flattened the slope on the entrance and constructed a retaining wall to create two ranges. On the entrance now we have a garden bordered with shrubs and flowers with a big patio in entrance of the home for eating.

From the previously loopy paved washing line space on the facet, we floated a pergola island on a sea of gravel with a sizzling tub deck on sleepers. We retained the badminton courtroom and put in raised mattress planters on the south-facing rear of the home, and doubtless one of many world’s solely uphill petanque courtroom occupies the shady west facet. The builders thought we had been loopy however we caught to our weapons and we’re thrilled with the end result.

Rachel’s course is a wonderful useful resource for anybody trying to create a wonderful and purposeful backyard, offering a wealth of data, ideas and steerage to assist learners like us to realize their targets. With out this course, we wouldn’t have recognized the place to begin…



Congratulations to Simon and Imi – what a tremendous transformation! I do hope you retain us up to date because the backyard matures. Thanks a lot for sharing your design journey and outcomes with us :o)