Starting Your Spring Garden
Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in. The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and our lawns finally return to a nice shade of green. If you are looking to enhance the beauty of your yard, starting a garden is a great idea! If you haven’t done much gardening in the past, the task might seem a bit daunting. Rest assured knowing that with a bit of research, you will be a pro in no time! Use these steps to get started.
Make a Plan
What kind of garden do you want? Are you looking to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, flowers? Will you plant annuals, perennials or both? Annuals looks great for most of the season but must be replanted every year, whereas perennials have a shorter bloom but come back ever year. Deciding what exactly you want in your garden is an important first step that might take a little bit of research. Our advice is to start small and simple, and then expand once you get more comfortable.
Decide Where to Put Your Garden
Once you decide what kind of garden you want, you can start mapping out where to put it! Almost all vegetables and flowers need a minimum of six hours of sun each day. Spend a day observing how the sun moves around your yard. If you have trouble finding spots with a lot of sun, you might want to consider finding plants that are more shade-tolerant.
Create a Good Foundation with Soil
If the area is currently covered with sod, you will have to start by digging out the area to remove any existing grass or weeds. You will then want to fill the area with 2-3 inches of compost, top soil and potting soil. Having nutrient-dense soil is crucial if you want your garden to thrive.
Choose Your Plants
Whether you decided on a vegetable or flower garden, you will now have to choose which specific plants you want to grow. Some of the best perennials for beginners include coneflowers, coreopsis, hostas, peonies and black-eyed susans. Some of the best annuals for beginners include marigolds, pansies, dusty millers and dianthus. Some of the easiest vegetables include lettuce, peppers and cucumbers.
You can either choose to buy young plants or sow seeds when starting your garden. Some plants are easier than others to grow from seed. If you go this route, make sure to follow the package instructions on when, how deep and how far apart the plant seeds need to be. If you are going for a specific color theme, you should also consider which flowers will look best and compliment one another once in bloom.
Mulch & Water
Seedlings and new transplants need daily watering once planted. When the plants become more mature and the roots become established, you will not need to water as frequently, depending on the type of plants and climate. To keep weeds out, we suggest putting down a couple inches of mulch.
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