It is difficult to know where to get started when you first start caring for a garden. However, it seems that the more time you spend in the garden, the more you learn about your plants and how they grow.
- Research: If you are brand new to gardening, it can be wise to do some research before you begin! You can find great information on gardening and the how-to’s on the internet – or if you prefer paper, grab a gardening magazine or book. This is a great way to get your bearings before you start.
- Plan It Out: It is essential to plan out what size of garden you want because that will dictate how much time and upkeep it will require. A more extensive garden will obviously need lots of time and care and will be a higher expense, so it can be a good idea to start small and build the garden more extensive as you get the hang of things.
- Buy The Basics: As with any project, getting the gardening tools, you will need before starting is essential. So, head to your local garden store and pick up a few gardening basics such as a rake, a trowel, a few pairs of gloves, a garden hose and a few bags of dirt!
- Seasonal Plants: When planting flowers and edible plants, it’s essential to consider your current and upcoming seasons when deciding what is best to grow. For example, if Winter is approaching, it’s necessary to wait and plant in the spring as most plants won’t fare well over the winter months. Once spring arrives, it will be a mad dash to get your garden started and blooming.
- Start With Seeds: A great way to learn and watch plant progress is to start it from a seedling. Seeds are inexpensive and budget-friendly, and by starting from a seed, you can help establish strong roots and encourage good plant health. Consider starting some seedlings indoors over the Winter so they will be ready to be planted in the spring.
- Wait For Spring: As mentioned above, when it comes to gardening, spring is the best time to get started. This is the best time to plant new plants, transfer seedlings from the indoors to outdoors, and of course, the weather starts to warm up slightly, which makes being outside extra enjoyable. Make sure to place plants in your garden according to how much sunlight they need.
- Schedule Care: Once your garden is established, it’s crucial to figure out a gardening schedule to keep all plants healthy and alive. The best thing to do is set aside 10-15 minutes daily, depending on the size of your garden, for general upkeep and care.
- Consider Produce: Lastly, consider choosing plants that grow food to be enjoyed by the entire household. By planting edible plants, you will be able to cook and eat homegrown ingredients, and you’ll be able to save money off your monthly grocery bill. Consider starting with easier items such as strawberry or tomato plants and work up from there. Before you know it, you’ll be able to craft a whole meal out of the ingredients in your backyard.