Your First Garden – A Basic Guide

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Gardening is an age-old hobby that can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Both young and old have found joy in the gentle tending of a garden, whether it be floral or veggie in nature (pun intended!).

There are several reasons for starting a garden – and as ZenBusiness points out, with more and more people working from home, there are more opportunities for healthy eating than ever before. Maybe gardening is a lockdown activity that you’ve come to love, or you’ve found a healthy and sustainable alternative to the grocery store.  Perhaps you’re looking for ways to increase the value of your home. 

Regardless of the reason for your interest in gardening, here are a few tips from Bite-Size Gardens to get you started with your first garden. 

Finding the Right Space

One of the first steps to starting a garden is deciding on the perfect location to plant a few seeds or roots. Consider what you would like to plant, and determine the section of your yard that can best meet your plants’ needs using these tips from TreeHugger.com. 

Chat to neighboring gardeners and see whether they have any tips to share about the sort of plant that best suits the region. Consider the amount of space that you have, how much sunshine it receives, and how you will access the patch for watering, picking, and caring for your plants. 

Research the Best Plants

Depending on the location, the local climate will vary and the garden will receive a predetermined amount of sunshine, rain, and wind. If you want the garden to be successful, then it’s important to consider various factors that will influence the growth. 

For example:

  • Environment and various elements such as sunshine, rain, extreme seasons, etc.
  • Size of the plant
  • Amount of shade
  • Flowering time
  • Maintenance required
  • Resistance to disease and parasites

It’s also worth considering your intention for gardening, as this will point you in certain directions. For example, you may want to grow veggies to serve at dinner time, or perhaps you prefer a rose garden to enjoy sitting in with your family. 

Clear the Area with the Help of Professionals

If you have a large yard, then you may be able to measure out the perfect patch and begin right away. However, most people will need to clear a bit of land to make space. Sometimes, this involves removing a tree stump or pruning a large tree. While it may be tempting to clear the space on your own, it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional tree removal service. Professionals will have the appropriate tools, gear, and equipment — and the know-how to use them safely. 

Plant the Foliage and Nurture the Environment

As you can see, there’s a lot of work that goes into preparing the environment for your garden. If you take the time and effort to properly prep, then the rest should be easy and fun. 

Compare costs from local nurseries for plants and basic tools. Prepare the garden beds, and plant the seeds or plants. Make sure that you’ve recorded the proper maintenance requirements and meet them. There are even gardening apps to help with the care process, like Smart Plant Home. Whether you need a calendar to stay on top of watering, help identifying diseases and pests plaguing your plants, or answers to the questions many novice gardeners have, downloading our app will help your garden bloom to its fullest potential.

In addition, you may need to invest in building your soil and fertilizer, and learn to strike the balance between overwatering and under-watering. With this in mind, keep a close eye on the rain forecast. 

Starting your first garden can seem like a daunting process. But with some planning, prep, and patience, even those who weren’t born without a green thumb can enjoy a lush, beautiful space.
To garden or not to garden is no longer the question. Bite-Size Gardens takes out the growing pains. We’d love to hear from you!

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Master gardener, specializing in small-space water-wise gardening. Other interests include . . . Community volunteering, work-shops, computers, reading, music, hiking, camping and fishing

Posted on January 7, 2022, in Gardening. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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