Gardening can be a great complement to your log home, as it can enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and provide a source of fresh produce or flowers. Here are some tips for gardening with a log home:

  1. Consider the landscape: Take into account the natural features of the surrounding landscape when planning your garden. This can include the soil type, sun exposure, drainage and water availability.
  2. Choose native plants: Native plants are well-adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, making them easier to grow and maintain. They can also provide habitat for local wildlife.
  3. Plan for space: Consider the size of your garden in relation to your log home. A large garden may overwhelm a small log home, while a small garden may look out of place next to a large log home.
  4. Use natural materials: Incorporate natural materials, such as stone or wood, into your garden design to complement the rustic aesthetic of your log home.
  5. Incorporate raised garden beds: Raised Garden beds can be a great option for log homes, as they can help improve soil drainage and prevent damage to the logs from water accumulation.
  6. Take care with watering: Be mindful of watering your garden near your log home, as excess water can damage the logs over time. Use a drip irrigation system or water by hand to avoid oversaturating the soil. This is where proper drainage becomes very important.
  7. Consider using organic methods: Using organic gardening methods can help keep your garden healthy while minimizing the impact on the environment. Organic gardening is important for beginners because it is a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to grow your own food. It also promotes healthier eating habits since organic produce is free from harmful chemicals. In an ideal world, we would all start a garden in healthy rich soil, but life doesn’t usually work that way. Thankfully, you can turn even the hardest compacted clay into thriving soil by adding organic matter like compost and mulches of leaves or straw. Microorganisms break down these materials over time to nurture your soil. To help keep pests out of your garden consider these tips using natural remedies from The Farmers Almanac.


Green Thumb or not, gardening is just like any new skill– it takes research, practice, and multiple attempts. Don’t give up if you lose some plants, there are always more seeds and there is always more to learn.  Find your niche and enjoy!