Planting a garden is a fun activity that can bring joy and beauty into your life. However, getting started can be confusing for the inexperienced gardener. This article will supply you with the information needed to successfully plan and execute your first garden. Read on to discover all you need to know to plant your very first garden!
1. Pick your type of garden.
The first step is to decided exactly what type of garden you would like to create. Do you want a kitchen garden, full of delicious herbs and veggies? Are you interested in a cutting garden to supply you with colorful blooms to add beauty to your home decor? Perhaps a patio container garden is more your style. You should identify what your objective is before you purchase anything or get out your spades and shovels. Once you have established your goal you will be ready for step 2.
2. Make a plan for your space.
The second step is to plan the arrangement of your garden. You will need to decide what plants you would like to have and where they should go. It is helpful to use paper to help you visualize the finished garden with a drawing. You will have to consider each plant’s light and soil requirements in order to place them correctly. Also, make note of all structures and paths, so that you use your space efficiently. Even small yards can accommodate a lot of plants with proper space planning.
3. Put complementary plants together.
The third step is to make sure your plants are complementary. For flowering plants, this means you will want to consider the height and color of each plant used so that the overall effect is pleasing. For vegetable gardens, this means plants must be compatible with each other, requiring similar soil and light conditions and rotated properly each season. Research these topics well before planting to avoid disasters.
4. Assemble a collection of good gardening tools.
Step four requires that you gather or buy the gardening tools that you will need. A spade, shovel, watering hose, watering can and hoe are basic tools that no gardener should be without. Depending on the type of garden you want to make, other tools may be needed, such as a wheel barrow, a potting bench, special containers, etc.
5. Buy the plants or seeds and get started.
Step five is the execution of your plan. This is the fun part! Purchase your plants or seeds and get started. This process should take time, so don’t hurry through it. Dig your beds or borders. Start your seeds indoors, or buy established plants. Try to stick to your plan as much as possible, but be aware that part of the fun of gardening is working creatively with problems that might arise as you work. Enjoy the feeling of working the ground or potting your plants. Once they are in the ground or their pots, you will then be in maintenance mode. That means, your job will be to monitor your plants for pests, water them regularly and fertilize them, on occasion.
As you can see there is a lot to gardening. This is a beginner’s guide, and there is so much more that you will learn as you work with your garden. Many resources are available. Read books about gardening. Go online and find the many gardening forums where people exchange ideas and answer questions. Join a local gardening group. There is a big gardening community out there, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of all that the experienced gardeners can share with you. So, use these 5 tips to start your first garden. Enjoy the experience, as you will have embarked on a learning experience that can bring joy to you for the rest of your life.