The recent surge in gardening popularity has been fueled by the availability of information and tools that make it possible for anyone to start a garden, no matter how little time or space they have. Livestocking will explore some of the steps you need to follow if you want to grow your own successful garden. We’ll cover everything from layout, pest control, garden size, and watering, as well as soil management. So let’s go.
Step #1: Lay Out the Garden
The first thing you need to do is figure out how big your garden needs to be. This will vary depending on the size of the plants, but larger gardens can be difficult for a beginner.
When figuring out your layout, it may help to draw a quick sketch so you can see if everything fits where it should. You will also need to find out how much sunlight your garden is going to get. The majority of plants require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, and some plants may need more than this.
You also want to make sure that your garden is within your property boundaries before you get started as you don’t want to end up having to uproot your well-tended crops should you find out that you’ve encroached on your neighbor’s land. It’s wise to identify boundaries and easements beforehand.
Step #2: Preparing the Soil
If your garden soil is lacking in nutrients, you can add some of the fertilizer that’s available at all local hardware stores. You will also want to consider adding in compost or manure if you have easy access to them. Both of these things are going to help break down the dirt and make sure it’s loose enough for a plant to grow in. If your soil is too hard, you can often add a bit of peat moss to loosen it up.
Step #3: Picking Your Plants
Once your garden is laid out and you have the soil prepared, you can pick which plants you want to grow. There are two different ways that people normally choose which plants to grow. The first is by plant type and the other is by color. If you are doing this, you may want to take into consideration the sun requirements of each plant. Some plants will only do well under certain sun and water conditions, so it’s important to consider this before planting anything.
Ongoing: Pest Control
One of the biggest challenges a new gardener faces is getting rid of bugs, weeds, and other pests that can destroy an entire garden. Some methods are easier than others but all of them cost money. The best way to deal with pests is to prevent them from entering your garden in the first place.
You don’t need to put up a wall or anything like that, but you can consider planting marigolds around the perimeter of your garden. Marigolds have a natural chemical in them that repels many pests and bugs. There are other plants you can use as well. Planting mint in your garden is another great way to keep pests out. Some people have also had success with garlic, chili peppers, and lemongrass, as well as mint.
Plan and Execute Your Garden
Starting a successful garden requires careful planning and execution. The first thing you need to do is figure out how big your garden needs to be by considering the size of plants, sun requirements, and more. You should also prepare the soil by adding fertilizer or compost if necessary.
Once that’s done, it’s time to choose which plants you want to grow! Keep in mind sun requirements for each plant as well as other pest control methods such as marigolds around the perimeter of your garden for planting mint inside your garden. There are many different ways to deal with pests but prevention is always best when possible so don’t forget about this step before starting any project on your own property!