Gardening has many benefits for health, taste, finances and the environment. If you are planning to plant your first garden this season, there are some important things you should consider.
Consider Your Environment
Considering the environment for your garden may seem simple enough, but this is a multifaceted thing to think about. Environmental considerations include, but are not limited to, climate, hours of sunlight, water flow and collection points, soil health, natural pollinators, and pests. Choose a spot with ample sunlight and good water flow.
Prepare Your Soil
Before planting your garden, take careful inventory of the general health and nutrient content of your soil. If you don’t already, you should start composting. It’s good for the environment and extremely beneficial to your soil. Most plants are happy in a neutral to slightly acidic soil, so it may be wise to invest in some pH strips so you can check your soil. A local garden center will likely be an excellent resource in this regard.
Choose Quality Seed
Choose quality seed. Know what crops and varieties grow well in your area so that you do not waste your time planting things that are not naturally equipped to thrive. Central Farm and Garden experts can help advise you on the best plants for your local environment.
Remember to Feed and Water
It may seem common sense, but it’s worth the reminder that plants need food and water. The amount of water they need can be somewhat deceiving. As little seedlings, a small amount will be sufficient, but as they grow the need for water increases substantially.
Seek Advice from Experienced Gardeners
Talk to the local farmers, the retailers at the farm goods store, and the neighbor with the impressive garden. Ask for advice and seek out the local tricks of the trade.
When looking through the gorgeous and inspiring seed catalogs, it is tempting to order one of everything and plant a huge garden. The truth is, though, that gardens require a lot of time and effort. It is wise to start small and figure out what works well for you. Expand your space as you gain experience and confidence. This allows you to learn from your mistakes without major loss.
Gardening is hard work, but it’s important for you to have fun. Know that nothing will go perfectly, and there is always room for improvement. Enjoy the learning process. Know that some of gardening success is out of your control and the unexpected will occur.
While gardening can be time consuming and back breaking work at times, there is a reason that so many people pick up the gardening tools and dig into the soil. The nutritional value and taste of the well-earned harvest is totally worth the work.