If you live in a place where you have a backyard, starting your own garden is the best thing that you can do. It will not only make your yard look amazing it will also be very rewarding in a lot of different ways. Everyone can benefit from getting their hands a little dirty. What a lot of people don’t realise is that it doesn’t have to be a hard journey if you are following the right steps. So, if you are looking to start your own garden, here are 10 steps that you should follow.
Choose The Right Location
The first and possibly the most important thing that you need to do if you want to succeed is to choose the right location for the things that you are growing. You need to ensure that you have plenty of sun, a water source as well as enough space so your plants are not too crowded. Another thing that you should consider is choosing a level ground so you avoid any erosion.
Consider What to Plant
The next thing that you need to consider is the plants that you will be growing. Will it is a herb garden, flower or produce, it is all up to you. If you are choosing to grow herbs or produce, make sure that you are choosing things that your family likes to eat as well as something that can grow under the conditions that you have in your climate. But if you are opting to plant flowers, choose the colours as well as fragrances that you like as well as their annual bloom. But no matter what you decide to plant, make sure that you are starting small until you figure out everything.
Prepare the Soil
Something that a lot of people don’t know is that you need to prepare the soil before you go in planting. You will want to mix compost as well as a natural fertilizer as well as test the acidity of the soil that you have in your yard.
Check Planting Dates
Another thing that you need to do is look at the painting dates before committing. Growing conditions, as well as ripening cycles, will be different from plant to plant. You can find that information on the seed packet. Check their ideal conditions before creating a planning schedule.
Plant the Seeds
Once you have chosen your seeds, it is time to plant them. But instead of planting them wherever, you need to ensure that you are following how much space there needs to be between two as well as the depth for the seed.
Once you have your seeds planted, the next step that you should take is generally spraying the soil with your water. The best way to do so is to take good quality reeling hoses with a mist nozzle and a sturdy hose so you don’t damage anything with high water pressure. Make sure that you read and research which plants need more water and which need less.
Keep the Weeds Out
Another very important step to planting a garden is keeping the weeds out of it. One of the simplest and best ways you can keep weeds out of the garden is by mulching. All you need to do is put about 4 inches of organic mulch on top of the garden and it will prevent weeds from taking over your crops and eventually killing them.
Give Your Plants Room To Grow
As we have mentioned, you will have to ensure that your seeds are planted with enough space between one another to avoid crowding. You can check each packet to ensure that you are giving them enough space to thrive.
Fertilise As Needed
Depending on what you are growing, sometimes you will need to add fertilizer to your soil to keep it rich and nutritious. If you don’t want to use commercial fertilizers you can make your own by using the kitchen compost.
Maintain Your Garden Regularly
Once you start growing your own things, you will need to do garden chores and keep up with them. On top of pulling weeds, you will need to stay on top of getting rid of any drying, dead or sick plants. After that, if you are growing your own produce or flowers that need to be pruned you will need to do it on a regular basis.
Something that you should keep in mind is that if things don’t work out the first time, you will always have the next year to try again. It will take some time to find what works best for you and your garden.