Have you ever tended to a garden? You don’t have to be a beginner. These ten simple tips will help you make your dreams of growing your garden a reality.
Place it correctly
Like real estate, starting a garden requires a good location. Your garden should be located in an area of your yard that you will see regularly. This will make it more enjoyable to work in.
Follow the sun
When you first learn to garden, misjudging the sun is a common mistake. Before you choose a location for your garden, pay attention to the way sunlight flows through your yard. Most edible plants, including vegetables and fruits, require at least six hours of sunlight to thrive.
Keep your eyes on the water
Plan your garden close to a water source. You will want to be able to run a water hose to your garden so that you don’t have the hassle of carrying water around every time your plants need it. Pushing a finger down into the soil about an inch deep is the best way to determine if your plants need watering.
Select the right plants
Make sure to select the right plants for your garden. Sun-loving plants should be placed in a sunny area, heat-tolerant plants should be chosen for warm climates, and ground-gobbling plants like pumpkins and melons should have plenty of elbow room (or a climbing trellis). Make sure you do your research and choose suitable varieties for the area you live in and the space available. Start with young, vigorous plants to increase your chances of success in growing vegetables and herbs.
Find out your frost dates
Your garden can be doomed if you plant too early or late in the season. To avoid accidentally killing your plants by planting too early, you need to know when the average spring frost date in your area is. You should also know the average fall frost date for your area so you can get your plants moved indoors or harvested before they are damaged by late-season cold.
Containers are a great option when space is limited. Pots can be used to grow many plants, including herbs, flowers, and fruit trees. Use a pot that is large enough to hold the container you are gardening in. It is specially designed to support the growth of potted plants and protect them from over-or under-watering.
Discover your zone.
You can choose the best plants by knowing your “hardiness zone.” It simply means the lowest temperature a plant can grow. If a plant is “hardy in zone 4”, and you plant in zone 5, it will thrive in your garden. However, if you live in zone 3, the plant is not suitable for your garden.
Mulch can be added.
A mulch layer 2 to 3 inches thick should be applied around each plant. This will reduce weeds and block out the sun. It also reduces moisture loss through evaporation. A layer of Scotts(r) bagged mulch can give your garden a professional look. You can also use a straw, shredded leaves, or pine straw to give your garden a polished look.
Regularly feed your plants
We have already discussed the importance of great soil. However, it is best to add high-quality nutrients to your soil regularly.