Are you new to gardening? It can be fun and rewarding. Is there anything better than eating food you have grown yourself, or eating a meal on the patio surrounded by the scent of scented plants you have grown? We are here to guide you through the process of starting a garden, even when it can be difficult to know when to begin.
Site it correctly
In gardening, location is everything, just like in real estate. You should plant your garden in a part of your yard you will see often. By doing so, you’re much more likely to spend time there.
Keep an eye on the sun
Beginners often make the mistake of misjudging sunlight. Before choosing where to plant your garden, pay attention to how the sun reflects off your yard. To thrive, most edible plants require at least six hours of sun a day, including many vegetables, herbs, and fruits.
Stay close to the water
Planning your new garden near a water source is one of the best gardening tips you’ll ever receive. Install a hose at your garden site, so you don’t have to haul water there every time your plants need water. It is best to poke a finger an inch deep into the soil when determining whether plants need watering. When the soil is dry, it is time to water.
Start with good soil
Investing in nutrient-rich and well-drained soil is one of the top pieces of advice when starting a garden. Mix 3 inches of good fertilizer to achieve this perfect blend. When planting in the ground, add 6 to 8 inches of All Purpose Garden Soil to the top 6 to 8 inches of soil.
Containers are a great solution when space is at a premium. Many plants can be grown in pots, such as vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, berries, and shrubs. Use a pot that is large enough for the plant you are growing in it when gardening in containers.
Pick the right plants.
Plants should be selected based on their growing conditions. Sun-loving plants should be placed in a sunny spot, heat-tolerant plants should be selected in hot climates, and vines that eat the ground should have ample elbow room (or a trellis to climb).
Find your zone.
It is helpful to know your “hardiness zone” when choosing plants. Hardiness zones describe the coldest area where plants can grow. High zone numbers indicate warmer climates. In other words, if a plant is “hardy to zone 4”, and your garden in zone 5, it will survive. You cannot grow that particular plant, however, if you live in zone 3. Learn what zone you live in.
Know your frost dates.
Putting in your garden too early (or too late) can be disastrous. So as not to accidentally kill plants by putting them out too early, you have to know when the last average spring frost is in your area. Know your first average fall frost date so that you can harvest your plants before late-season cold damages them. Find out when your district’s first and last frosts occur.
Regularly feed plants.
It’s important to start with the right soil, but that soil works best with regular doses of high-quality nutrition for your plants. Simply put, amazing soil and top-notch plant food = a super garden!