People of all ages, incomes, professions, and locations enjoy gardening. It has a wonderful calming and stress-relieving effect, is good for the environment, and creates a beautiful area in your yard, improving your property value and brightening your neighborhood and home. However, a successful garden does not happen accidentally. In order to utilize your space to its maximum potential, you will need to have a plan. By following these simple tips, you can create and employ a wonderful and effective plan for gardening, resulting in a happy new space on your property.
Consider what sort of plants you want in your garden before you begin planning where to put it. If you want trees, for example, you'll need a bright and sunny area with a lot of space. Therefore, you'll need to pick an area of your yard most like that area. If you want vegetables--depending on what you want-- you'll need a little less light. Depending on the amount of vegetables you want, or the type of flowers you want, you may need different amounts of space. Learn about what you want to plant before you begin committing parts of your yard to your garden, to best meet the plants needs with your work ability, space, and sunlight amounts.
Be sure to have tools for gardening. You'll need, at the very least, a shovel, but you would do well to also acquire a pitchfork, for turning over soil and mixing in compost and other supplements. A pitchfork can also be used at the end of the season to break up and crush all the roots and remaining plant pieces, which will decay and supply nutrients to your soil. Additionally, a hoe and trowel (small gardening shovel) may be helpful if you want to work out weeds, and plant your saplings of seeds with greater precision.
Put your garden in a place with a lot of sunlight. This will be most beneficial for your plants, regardless of what their light needs are. Typically, the more sunlight your plants have, the better off they will be and the more they will thrive. By picking the most well-lit part of your property, you can safely know that your plants will get enough sunlight to grow healthily. Be sure, when looking for the most well-lit part of your yard, to watch the spot throughout the day, to ensure that it is well-lit for more than just a few hours in the morning. Ideally, you should find a spot that stays lit for almost all of the day.
Water your garden as needed, and don't forget! Particularly if you live in a dry area that does not receive a lot of precipitation, it will be crucial for you to water your plants manually. This can be done with a simple watering can, a hose, or even an automated sprinkler system, depending on the availability of tools, equipment, and hoses near your garden site. If you cannot get a hose near your garden, consider using a rainwater collection vessel, that you can empty water into throughout the day as you need it.
Use sprays and other insecticides and pesticides to keep away insects, rodents, vermin, critters, and wildlife. Look for natural products that will not taint or spoil your vegetables or flowers, and try small amounts at first, gradually increasing the dosage so as to not shock your plants, and to keep the amount you use as low as possible.
Feel free to hire or find help with your garden, particularly if you are elderly, new to gardening, or feel overwhelmed. Gardening should be a fun, relaxing experience, not a stressful one. As a result, if you find yourself stressing, you may be in over your head. Look online or in newspapers for experienced gardeners who can help you to start your garden.
By using the simple steps above, you can ensure the prosperity of your garden, by simply planning out what you have and what you need.