A nice garden is the perfect way to spruce up your yard and a fun hobby for many people!
But not all of us are blessed with a green thumb...
But I have the tips you need to get started making your garden look amazing!
1. Site It Right
When a garden is started it is all about location. Your garden should be in a place where you are going to be able to see it regularly. This way you are likely to spend more time in the garden. If you do not see it, you are likely to ignore and neglect your garden.
2. Follow the Sun
When people first are learning to garden they often misjudge the sun. You need to pay attention to how the sunlight will be passing through the yard before you choose a spot to put your garden. Keep in mind that most plants, especially vegetables and fruits, need at least six hours of sunlight to produce and grow.
3. Stay Near Water
You should plan your garden near a water source. If you have a hose, make sure it reaches to the garden to avoid bringing bucket after bucket. To tell if your plant needs water you should put your finger an inch into the soil. This is about a knuckle deep. It this soil is dry; you need to water your plants.
4. Start with Good Soil
When starting a garden, you need to make sure your soil is rich in nutrients. You can create this environment by using about three inches of gardening soil to the top six or so inches of the existing soil. There are special soils for raised gardens as well. Make sure you are providing your plants with nutrients before you even start the garden.
When you do not have a lot of space to plant a physical garden, you can use containers. This includes pots. There are a lot of things that can thrive in pots such as flowers, fruit trees, berries, herbs, vegetables, and shrubs. You need to make sure that the container you are using is large enough to allow the roots to grow properly. If the roots are unable to grow the plant will die. You also need to use a potting mix with added nutrients.
6. Choose the Right Plants
You need to choose plants that match the growing conditions in your area. You need to put the plants that love the sun in a spot that receives a lot of sunlight. Warm climates should have plants that can tolerate heat better and make sure that you are giving room to vine plants. This includes pumpkins and melons. You need to research what plants are best for your climate and living area. It is best to start some plants off when they are small and not by seed.
7. Get in the Zone
You need to know your zone to help choose the best plants. This hardiness zone is going to tell you the coldest place a certain plant can grow. The higher this number the warmer the plant needs. For example, the plant says it is a zone 4 and your garden is a zone 5. The plant will survive. However, a zone three garden with a zone 4 plant will not survive.
8. Know Frost Dates
If you plant too soon or too late you can kiss your garden goodbye. You need to be aware of the average last spring frost date so you do not kill them if this frost happens. You should also know the first frost date in fall so that your plants are harvested and moved if they need to be.