Friday, June 20, 2014

How to start a garden

If you're fortunate enough to have enough space in your yard for a garden, starting one, whether for flowers, vegetables or herbs, is a great way to improve the overall aesthetic of your home. It is also a rewarding hobby. 

You have to prime your soil to achieve the best results. The ideal way to do this is to turn over a few inches at the top of the soil and mix in organic matter like decayed leaves, old grass clippings and compost. This will boost the nutrient content of your soil, which leads to more robust and healthier plants. 

Here’s how to get started… 

Plan ahead

Having enough space may be challenging, but herb gardens can have a small footprint. What's more important is that you have a spot that will give your plants enough sun. 

You also need to consider what kind of plants you'll be growing, whether they're perennials, annuals, vegetables or herbs. They all have different needs and growing cycles so you need to plan accordingly. It also goes without saying that you need fertile soil. 

Prepare the earth

You have to prime your soil to achieve the best results. The ideal way to do this is to turn over a few inches at the top of the soil and mix in organic matter like decayed leaves, old grass clippings and compost. This will boost the nutrient content of your soil, which leads to more robust and healthier plants. 

Choose your plants wisely

You need to know what exactly you're going to plant. If you're approaching a dry season, you must pick plants that can tolerate the heat and lack of moisture. If you have a lot of pests in your area, choose plants that keep them away from your more vulnerable greens. 

Beginners may want to think about growing plants that are hardy and can grow even if the gardener makes mistakes. 


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