Garden audit


Now you can take off your rose coloured glasses and yellow positive hat. Grab a notepad and pen, and put on some sunglasses and a real hat. Head out into your outdoor space and complete a walk through. It may help to take another person through with you to bounce ideas off of them.

Write down anything that comes up…. Ask questions like:

  • What needs fixing or improving?
  • How can I use this space better?
  • Can you reduce your lawn space?
  • What are the most frequent activities you do?
  • Could you arrange your tools better?


  • Cooking
  • Energy
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Mulching
  • Shade
  • Water use
  • Weeds

A garden audit will help to identify any problems or issues your garden has. You might end up with a ‘to-do’ list at the end.

One of my favourite permaculture ideas is to turn a problem into a solution. Bill Mollison illustrates this by saying:

“You don’t have a snail problem, you have a duck deficiency!”

This is the third step in planning your garden. If you missed them, there is also an exercise on creating a garden vision and a garden wish list.

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