Just like any other place in your home, your new garden will need special care and attention. It takes time and patience, but in order to get the maximum out of your garden, you really need to place some smart investments. From picking the right plants and getting the essential equipment to learning how to properly maintain them and make them blossom. Creating your own little private green heaven doesn’t have to be a hard job. Here is everything you need to know to get the ball rolling.
Get the general concept
First things first, you have to decide what type of garden you wish to have. Is it more vegetable, herb or a flower garden that you strive for? Definitely having a vegetable garden can have much more benefits. It will provide your family with healthy food because you will be in control of the use of pesticides and organic matter. But if you prefer beautiful perennials, don’t hesitate to plant them as well. Some flowers can go nicely along vegetables.
Find the right place
Almost every plant needs at least 5 hours of full sun each day. Spend a day watching how the sun moves in your backyard so that you can see where the best place to start planting would be. It is usually on the southern side. But don’t worry if your plant doesn’t get all the necessary sunlight, there are some plants that easily tolerate shade. Your only job then is to monitor them, and if they don’t get enough sun to water them accordingly.
Kickoff with good soil
Now this is something very important. Unless your plants don’t have proper nutrients to grow you won’t get welcoming results. Every good soil needs the boost. You can start with organic soil and organic compost. You will certainly get positive results if you dig soil and place a 3-inch layer of compost, dry grass clippings, old manure or decayed leaves. You can also mix the soil and compost, but leave the organic matter on the surface and it will work its way into the surface. And in no time will you be able to plant and get nutritive plants.
Get the vital equipment
No job can’t be done effectively without using quality tools. For everyday gardening tasks such as digging small holes and breaking up clumps of soil, a hand-held trowel is a must. Other garden tools that will help get the work done are pruning shears, rake, watering hose, and comfortable leather gloves and kneeling pad. Whether you are harvesting fresh produce, cultivating overgrown land or digging up weed, having the appropriate garden accessories will make your job easier and more productive.
Water and nutrients
In order to grow healthy and strong, a plant needs adequate nutrients. When we eat plants for food those nutrients are passed on to us, so make sure that you use proper ones. Plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Those nutrients are added to the soil by fertilizing it. Likewise, it is necessary to regularly water your plants. Just like with quality nutrients, water is essential in order to keep your plants happy. Don’t soak the soil and plants, but rather sprinkle it more often.
If you are having trouble deciding which plants to grow, then there are a few things you should know. First, if you love potatoes, peppers, oregano and so on, then you should plant those plants that you are regularly going to eat and use. You will get more connected and interactive with your garden when you plant the things you like. Next, you should consider planting some plants that are resilient, like herbs. Mint or basil can be grown indoor and outdoor, and they are pretty useful. Just don’t only have one big pot of basil, but plant three or four different herbs. They will spice up your garden and you will surely receive better yields from them.
As cake needs icing on the top, so does your garden. Putting mulch on your soil will give you far more benefits than you can think of. When you add organic matter as mulch, the soil will be more resistant to pests and disease. Mulch is like a protective blanket. Proper mulching will prevent vitamin loss in plants and save you money on fertilizers. Above all, it will keep weeds out and water in. There are many mulches available, from cocoa hulls, pine needles to bark chips.
Refresh your garden shed
You need to have backyard workspace where you would keep all your tools, cut the flowers, wash muddy hands or just have a place to hang your broom and rakes. This doesn’t have to be a large area, only a small shed in the corner of the garden will do the trick. You can craft it yourself with some recycled furniture like a wooden door or make a Shaker-style peg rail to hang outdoor essentials. Then, you can decorate it with birdhouses.
Container gardening and raised beds
Some people opt for container gardening because they don’t have enough space, others because there are no weeds. A container garden is super for novice gardeners. You only need a decent container, soil, watering can and a trowel. The best thing is that you can always control what goes in and you can move it anywhere. The same is with raised beds. They don’t require much space, they are easy to maintain, and there are fewer pests.
You don’t need to have a vast area to create a lucrative garden. Get a few essential tools, pick the plants, get mulch and start digging.