Keep track of your plants—and your schemes for spring—by drawing a garden plan. To draw your plan to scale, you will need to measure distances in the garden: the perimeter, the size of existing garden beds, the size and shape of your trees and shrubs.All you need is a piece of white paper, on which to plot the existing elements of your garden; a piece of tracing paper and tape to add a layer for planned additions; a pencil; an eraser, and a measuring tape. Jot down measurements on scrap paper. For an average size backyard garden (18 feet wide), here the scale is 3 feet=1 inch. Keep reading the tutorial in the source.