Ever thought about starting your own garden??? Well, today is a great day to start! First off, maintaining your own garden can be a great new hobby. You can even share your plants with your fellow gardeners!! On top of that, you can grow cheap organic produce that contains more nutrients than your typical store bought veggies, because it is fresher coming from your own backyard.
Here are some facts about starting up this fantastic new garden of yours:
In order for you to have a successful garden, your plants will need plenty of soil, space, sunlight, and water. Each variable can affect a plant in different ways.
SOIL: Your everyday soil is made up of sand, rock, clay, silt, and organic matter. Different plants tend to like different soil compositions. For example, potatoes like sandy and loose soil, while tomatoes like soil rich in organic matter. Generally speaking, the more organic matter in the soil, the better it is for your plants! You can add organic matter in the form of compost, which can be made by yourself or bought in your local gardening store. In the soil there are certain nutrients to help the plants function. Such nutrients are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. Imbalances in these nutrients can prevent plant growth or can prevent fruit formation. You can test the levels of these nutrients by sending in a soil sample using UW extension.
SPACE: When starting your garden it is important to consider the amount of space you will need. Different plants need different amounts of space to grow and flourish. For example, vine plants tend to take up a great amount of space. A great way to save space is to grow up. Certain plants can be grown using vertical supports, which help the plant grow upwards. For example, peas and beans are great plants to start their journey with the help of vertical supports to save space. Here’s a great idea! Look into square foot gardening to optimize garden space.
SUNLIGHT: It is a known fact that with most plants more sun is better! It is important to be aware of shady areas and avoid them when starting your snazzy new garden. Make sure to check how much sunlight a plant may need, because this varies between different plants. For example, spinach can tolerate some shade, while tomatoes prefer full sunlight to prosper in your garden.
WATER: Water, water, water!!! The amount of water needed varies among plants, so keep this in mind when quenching the thirst of those veggies. For example, watermelons need a tremendous amount of water. Go figure! On the other hand, potatoes can spoil if given too much water. Make sure to personally know your plant before starting to water. There is another method to watering besides just by hand. Drip irrigation is an efficient and easy way to help those little veggies grow up.
Now that you are familiar with the facts, here are some tips to get you started:
- Assess your garden conditions
You must be aware of the space you have chosen to spring your new hobby into growth. Check on the soil and sunlight that will be given to this particular garden. Make sure you know how much maintenance the garden will need before getting started, and you will have a successful veggie garden on its way!
- Decide what you want to plant
Next, you will need to pick what vegetables you want to plant. Most gardeners will pick plants with low maintenance, so it is important to remember that plants that contain larger seeds are easier to plant and maintain.
- Make a plan
You will need to decide where you want your perfect little garden. It may be a good idea to plan out the placement of your plants as well. Keep in mind that you need to pick a spot with enough sunlight. Also you should buy some solid soil testing kits to make sure that the area you are planting in an area with healthy soil.
- Pick the plants
You can now decide what lovely plants you want in your garden! You may want to pick plants that are more resistant to bugs and diseases. It may also be a good idea to start small and add to it once you have mastered your gardening skills.
- Take care of your garden
Need tips? Create a plan or routine on maintain your garden. For example, water the soil in the morning. Some people use fertilizers to help their gardens grow. Yes, this is a great idea!
Feeling inspired?? Great, glad I could give you the insight I have inquired to help you start your colorful new vegetable garden. Just remember to always have fun while gardening so it does not become a chore.