Have you always wanted to have a magnificent and beautiful garden of your own? Having your own garden can be time and energy-consuming, but it is also one of the most rewarding things to do. From planting flowers to growing your own vegetable crops, anyone can have a garden of their own by getting their hands a little dirty. Although it seems daunting and difficult to start, with the right steps and procedures, you will get there in no time and reap the rewards of your own gardening with a beautiful and magnificent garden. Read on to find out how to have a beautiful garden of your own.
What Kind of Garden?
The first question to think about is— what kind of garden do you want? Do you want a vegetable, flower or herb garden? Depending on your answer, you can then proceed to shortlist the seeds that you will need for your garden. For vegetables and herbs, you will need to select the plants that your family frequently consumes or what you like to eat. For flowers, there will be more things to think about. Do you want plants that bloom all summer but need to be replanted every year, or some other species that bloom for shorter periods of time but return every year? With so many considerations in mind, choosing the kind of garden is the first step to determine what you need to purchase and do to keep up with the maintenance. A good tip is to start small for beginners so that you can have time to try out what’s best for you and find out what you actually want.
All vegetation and the majority of flowers need six to eight hours of sunlight a day. The most ideal condition would be for the sunlight to be direct, and not blocked by other objects or structures. When picking a spot for your garden, be sure to look out for places that receive full sunlight compared to partial or full shade. Even if you only have largely shady locations, you can still grow a garden but you have to be selective about what you plant. Plants like tomatoes will not be able to grow in shady areas, but other plants like ferns and hostas can and thrive in such environments. Therefore, you should choose a good location so that your plants can have the amount of sunlight they need to thrive and grow. Look out for instructions and directions on plant tags or seed packets to determine how much sunlight your crops need.
Besides sunlight, another factor to take note of when choosing a location is whether the ground is flat or not. A relatively flat spot will make it easier for gardening compared to a sloping, elevated area. Such areas are often more difficult, time and money consuming to maintain and upkeep. You should also beware of windbreaks and make sure that your plants are not in an area where strong winds can harm and uproot them. A practical consideration is also to have your garden near a water source so that it will be easier for you to reach the water hose for watering and maintenance.
Choosing Your Plants
As mentioned earlier, you should begin by determining what kind of garden you want to have. Following that, you need to think about what plants to pick. When choosing your plants, you need to think about whether the species is adapted to the climate, sunlight and soil. You can look over catalogs to get inspiration on what to purchase, or just head over to the store and purchase what you like. For beginners, you can start with easy to grow plants like sunflowers and zinnias, or vegetables like lettuce, peppers, and tomatoes.
Planting Your Plants
When you plant your plants, you should be aware of the climate and season. Plants like kale and pansies are able to withstand the cold, so you can plant them in colder temperatures like autumn or late winter. Most flowers and plants like tomatoes however, require warmer temperatures so remember to only plant them once the weather starts to turn warm. You can consider planting them during mid-spring or mid-autumn. Many plants like lettuce and sunflowers can grow easily from seeds directly planted in the soil. Some other plants need to be transplanted. Regardless, remember to read the instructions that come with the seed packet for information about the plant’s planting time and needs. For beginners, a good way to start is to start growing seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date. You can make use of containers to start. Follow the instructions and put the containers in an area with ample sunlight, or grow them under light if you do not have window space. Make sure that the plants remain moist and damp so that they can grow and germinate.
Many people overlook watering as an important aspect of gardening. For seedlings, keep in mind that they should never dry out so remember to sprinkle water daily. As they grow and get larger, change to watering them once every few days instead. For plants that are transplanted, be sure to water them frequently every day until their roots become stabilized and deep-rooted. Once the conditions are stable, how often a plant needs to be watered depends on the soil, humidity and rainfall. Sandy soil stays damp for longer periods of time compared to clay soil. Cool, cloudy weather keeps the soil’s moisture for a longer time compared to sunny, windy conditions.
Planting your own garden can be easy if you follow the right steps. Be sure to do your research to determine what kind of garden you want, and what it takes to maintain and upkeep it. Remember to have some patience and don’t be afraid to make some mistakes to get your very own beautiful garden in your backyard. After all, it will undeniably be an incredibly rewarding experience; and taking a stroll in your backyard will become a relaxing and refreshing break everyday!