If you have a bare patch of ground and enough space to grow your own vegetables and flowers, starting a garden is a great way to invest your efforts in something very beneficial and pleasant. Just arm yourself with some knowledge and willingness and you’ll be surprised to see the results! Listed below are 10 tips on starting your own garden and making your colorful dream come true.
Before you begin to tear into the soil, plan your garden and determine priorities.
Check well how much space you have – you will avoid over-planting your garden and you will choose companion plants more easily. This will also help you take better care of your plants.
Starting your own garden involves also having good gardening equipment. Buy fewer tools, but make sure that they are good quality. Shovels, pruners, rakes, garden forks, spades and other garden tools won’t help you much if they are crappy and prone to breaking. Don’t save money here. You definitely don’t need to break your back and destroy your hands by using inappropriate garden equipment.
Choose companion plants that will grow well together and benefit each other.
If your plants have proper companions and if there is enough space between different plants, insects shouldn’t represent a great problem. However, at first sight of pests or chewed leaves, use specific organic pesticides to avoid further damage.
There are many natural and organic fertilizers that you can add to the soil, in order to provide your plants with more nutrients and make them grow better.
Always read the label for proper dosage and consider that some plants might have special fertilizing needs, such as particular types of fertilizers, as well as different amounts of nutrients. Certain plants may also need to be fertilized less or more often than others.
Once your plants have started growing, take a good care of them! Starting your own garden means also dedicating your time to it.
Having a garden doesn’t mean only working in it! Now that you’ve started and created your own garden, step back and enjoy the smell of the flowers and the beauty of your plants. Start appreciating what you’ve accomplished and have fun making plans for the next year. Your garden dream has finally come true!
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.