Growing a home garden is a fun, relaxing activity for many people. If you’re thinking of using your green thumb to beautify your yard or grow your own veggies – here are a few tips to make the experience more pleasant.
- Consider your climate. Not all plants grow in every climate. Some need a lot of sunshine, other’s need a lot of rain. Some plants do well in colder climates and others need heat and humidity. You’ll save yourself a lot of grief if you don’t try to fight mother nature.
- Keep pest away. Plan your garden from day one in such a way that you attract desired animals and keep pest away. What this means depends on where you live and your personal preferences. A good example of this is the cockatoo. Some Aussies love to have cockatoos in their gardens. Other consider cockatoos a destructive pest. The same is true for deers in the US and Europe.
- Decide if you’ll gain more pleasure from seeing beautiful flowers or eating fresh veggies. You want to gain as much satisfaction as possible from all your efforts. So spend some time in advance considering what you should grow in your garden.
- Choose your garden area wisely. Always check your proposed garden site after a heavy rain and see if water is left standing. If so, this is not the place for your garden. Water must be able to drain properly for your plants to survive. You’ll also want to be near enough a water source that watering your garden is not a problem. Start small in the beginning. You can always add to your garden area as you gain experience, but you don’t want to overwhelm yourself when you first start.
- Before you invest in a lot of equipment, visit some garage sales. Many people start to garden then decide they don’t have the time or the energy needed. You can find almost new equipment for a fraction of the cost of new tools. As you go along, you’ll find out exactly what you need and can add to your selection of tools. Renting is a good plan for items like tillers. They require a lot of maintenance each year and are only used for a short time.
- Prepare your soil in advance. Soil that is too dry or contains too much clay will be hard to work with. You’ll want to add organic material and remove debris from the area. Adding fertilizer is also a good idea. You can get a test kit from your local hardware store or nursery to test the ph level of your soil.
- Starting with potted plants is easier for the first time gardener than using seeds. If you do opt for seed, you’ll probably want to start then inside in small pots until they’re hardy enough to move to your garden.
- If you live in an area where you have to water your plants a lot and your water bill is high; consider setting up a barrel to catch rainwater. This can help reduce your bill while keeping your plants well watered.
- Making friends with the local nursery owners can be a big help. They’ll know which plants are best for your climate.
- Start a compost pile. This gives you a way to recycle and will help you save on the costs of buying fertilizer and organic material for your garden.
- Find gardening forums online. You’ll find other people who share your love for planting and growing, plus, you’ll always have a place to ask questions.
Gardening is an enjoyable pastime that brings great pleasure. But remember, it does require work and patience before you can reap the rewards.