Want to start a thriving garden, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Use the following tips to create an outdoor space you’ll love.
Place it Where You’ll See it Regularly
The first step to creating a stellar garden is selecting the right location. You want to put it in a place you’ll see it regularly. Because as the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ applies to gardening as it does to every other element of your life.
Determine How the Sun Moves Through Your Garden
Not paying attention to the sun is a common mistake most newbie gardeners make. You want to pay attention to how the sun moves through your yard to determine how much sunlight different areas receive. Generally speaking, most edible plants need at least 6 hours of direct sun a day in order to thrive.
Make Watering Easy
Like sunlight, plants need water. There are no two ways about it. Watering daily takes time. But when lugging water to your garden consumes half your time, it can feel like even more of a chore. As much as possible, make watering easy by placing your garden near a water source. Better yet, consider setting up a drip system to automate the watering process.
Use Really Good Soil
Soil (and fertilizer, more to come on this in a second) are your plants’ nutrition source — their food. Like humans, the better your plants’ diet, the stronger and healthier they will grow. This is why it’s really important to start with high-quality soil.
Depending on the soil you start with, you may need to add fertilizer from the get go. But either way, you’ll want to feed your plants as they grow. Plant food, like Miracle Grow, can be added to water and evenly spread throughout the garden.
Container gardening can be a really good choice when you’re dealing with limited space. It’s also a good option if you aren’t able to dig up large swatches of ground or build raised beds. This is because containers can be placed just about anywhere. And even better, they can be moved as needed. For instance, if your garden doesn’t get consistent light throughout the spring, summer, and fall, containers allow you to reposition plants as needed.
Choose the Right Plants for the Right Environment
As we mentioned above when addressing sunlight, different plants need different amounts of sunlight. It’s really important to select the right plants for the right environment. When you look at seed packages or starter plants, both should be labeled with the recommended sunlight. Follow these directions. You’ll appreciate it.
Give Your Plants Room to Grow
It’s no secret that plants grow. But sometimes it can feel difficult to imagine a small starter become a three-foot-tall beauty. For the towering plants to survive, they need to equally as substantial roots systems to support them. This means, giving those roots room to grow and expand. In the same place you’ll find the recommended sunlight, you’ll often find the recommended space for the plant’s root system. This indicates how far apart each plant should be placed.
In addition to giving the roots from to grow, giving the plants plenty of breathing room cuts down on insect infestation and mold.
Plant on Time
Planting too early or too late can spell disaster. For most plants, you don’t want to plant until after the last frost. But wait too long and you’re garden won’t have time to fully cultivate before the weather turns cool again.
Have the Right Tools on Hand
No, this doesn’t mean you need to go buy everything at your local nursery. That would be crazy. But, there are some key essentials that will make your life easier. These include:
- Gardening Gloves
- Long Garden Hose
- Metal Rake
- Leaf Rake
It’s a rare lady and gent who likes to weed. If you’re among them, count yourself lucky. But, weeding is a necessary evil when it comes to gardening. You want to keep your flowerbeds and pots clear of any foreign invaders.
In addition to weeding, you’ll want to pull any plants that germinate away from their original location. These can often be re-planted somewhere with more room. But, they need to be removed in order to give your garden a chance to thrive.
Use it Before You Lose It
This is especially essential if you’re growing edibles. Make sure to harvest your goodies when they are ripe or else they’ll spoil on the vine and all your hard work will have been for not.
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