Starting and owning a garden is such an exciting thing to do but with no idea on what to do or how to start, what tools to get, the type of soil to use or what plants/flowers to grow, it can be a bit frustrating. Creating a backyard garden is such a good start because not only does it beautify your home, but you get to grow your own food, have a hobby, and even do it with your kids as fun activity. There are so many things to consider when starting a home garden from scratch:
Consider Sunlight and Shade
Depending on your reason for starting a garden, the first thing you need to do is to choose an area that gets enough direct sunlight on a daily basis, taking part sunlight and full sunlight into consideration; because sunlight is important for the growth of the plant. Part sunlight refers to areas of the plants that gets direct morning or afternoon sun but doesn’t get sunlight when it’s noon, while full sun refers to areas of the plants that gets direct sunlight for at the least 6 or more hours a day.
Also, it is important to get an area with just the amount of shade (deep shade or light shade) in order to provide the required amount of the light the plant will need. Deep shade is found either at the north side of buildings or below bushes with low branches and dense leaves, where no direct sunlight reaches the floor. While light shade is found under trees with high branches or sparse foliage.
Choose your Materials
When starting a garden, it’s best to use concrete blocks , stones or timbers as they don’t decay or rot which in turn won’t enter the soil to affect your plant. Other gardening equipments you’ll need are garden scissors, soil knife, watering can, compost, compost bag, soil, fertilizer, hand soil shovel, hand towel, garden gloves, and so on; regardless of where you’re gardening; either in a raised bed, container or your yard. The mixture of compost and fertilizer adds nutrients to the soil and also improves the structure of the soil so that root growth is encouraged. It’s also advisable to test your soil by taking it to a gardening lab in order to ensure sure it’s healthy for plant growth.
After doing all the necessary things needed, it’s time to plant your seeds, vegetables or flowers and begin gardening. Depending on your location and type of soil, you should always find out what plants are best to grow in your garden to avoid planting what won’t grow. If you’re planting seeds, don’t bury them too deep in the soil so they can grow well. If you’re planting vegetables always get rid of weeds as often as you can and if you’re planting flowers, cover the soul with mulch after planting. Don’t forget to water your plants regularly.
Now that you know all you need to do in order to start a home garden, what are you waiting for? Owning a garden can be a nice hobby to start and stick to as it pays off once done well.