With all this time we have been spending at home lately, and the brighter weather slowly showing, many homeowners are considering starrting their own garden.After all, it is springtime and it is the perfect time to start a garden in your own backyard. If you have never had a backyard garden before, it can seem like an overwhelming task, but with the right approach and care, it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some steps you can take to get started on growing your own garden this season:
1. Decide What You Want to Plant
Before you begin with the work, you want to decide what type of garden exactly you want to have in your backyard. Is it a vegetable garden? A herb garden? A flower garden? Once you decide what you want to go for, you can move on to decide what you are going to plant. If you go with a vegetable or herb garden, you probably want to pick items that your family likes to eat and you usually use in your household. As for a flower garden, anything you pick will probably look stunning, so it is up to you what you like the most, whether it is annuals, perennials, or both.
2. Pick the Correct Spot
Most vegetables and flowers need anywhere between six and eight hours of full sun each day. With this in mind, you are going to want to pick a spot in your yard where your vegetables and flowers will get the sunlight they need. If you don’t know how much sun a vegetable or flower needs, you can always check the plant tag or ask the staff at the local garden centre to help you out.
3. Clear the Ground
You need to get rid of the sod covering the area that you plan to begin your garden on. If you want quick results, you can simply cut out the sod covering completely.
4. Improve the Soil
To get the best results in your garden, you want the most fertile soil you can get as it will help your vegetables, herbs or flowers to grow. The best way to fertilize your soil is to add organic matter to it. Add about a 3-inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings or manure to the soil when you dig in the ground. If you are using a garden bed, leave the organic matter on the surface of the garden bed.
5. Work the Soil
There are two methods for working the soil: tilling and digging. Digging is the more common and more practical method especially when preparing smaller garden beds. You only have to dig when the soil is moist. You simply turn the top inches of soil and mix in the organic matter to ensure it is getting to all the soil in your garden.
6. Pick Your Plants
The most important part about picking plants is to make sure you choose the ones that can adapt to your climate, soil and sunlight. The internet is a great source to use to get information on various plants and flowers that would work for your garden, or simply contact your local garden centre to ask for their advice.
7. Start Planting
Some plants, such as kale, prefer cooler temperatures so you are going to want to plant them in autumn. Others, such as tomatoes and the majority of annual flowers, prefer warmer temperatures so plant them when the threat of frost has passed in your area. Other plants such as lettuce and sunflowers are easy to grow directly from seeds in the garden. Just make sure to carefully read the seed packet for information about planting time, depth and spacing.
8. Water at the Right Time
Most plants will require watering daily. Once they begin to grow bigger, you have to water your garden based on the soil, humidity and rainfall. The best tip for watering your garden is to water slowly, so that the water seeps into the soil instead of running off into the lawn. The time of day is also important. The best times are usually early in the morning or late in the evening to ensure that the soil can soak up as much water as possible.
9. Protect the Garden
To keep weeds out and moisture in, try covering your soil with a couple inches of mulch. By placing mulch over the soil, you will not need to water your garden as much or worry about having to pull weeds from your garden every day. There are various types of mulch, so you just have to choose the best one based on the type of garden you have.
10. Maintain the Garden
Now that your garden is beginning to grow, you have to ensure that it is maintained throughout the seasons. You want to water it, pull weeds before they get too big, and get rid of dead or dying vegetation. If you are growing a vegetable garden, you want to make sure to support the vegetables that grow tall (such as tomatoes) and harvest them as soon as they are ready.
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