4 Steps to Beginning a Garden
Was your New Year’s resolution to start gardening? Many of us want to commit to creating our own studding out door spaces, and January is the perfect time to get the show on the road. We have put together our 4 top tips for getting your garden off to a great start this year.
Get an Idea and Pick a Place –
Before you start, it is important to know what kind of garden you are aiming for. Are you looking to grow vegetables or flowers? Do you only have a small amount of space and are therefore looking a herb gardens? Or do you want a combination of everything? You can mix anything together in your garden, just remember to start small and develop your garden over time.
Remember that almost all flowers and vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Don’t worry if your garden is mostly shaded, many plants can withstand the shade. Talk to your local garden centre staff for more information on with plants will work best in your garden.
Clear the ground and Improve the Soil –
Get rid of the sod covering the area you plan to plant. If you want quick results you can dig it out, but it is better to smother the area with newspaper. A layer of 5 sheets is enough, spread a 3 inch layer of compost on the newspaper and wait for around 4 months. The newspaper and compost will decompose. If the area is covered in weeds then it is better to dig the sod out.
After this, add another 3 inch layer of compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure. Either leave this to work it’s way into the soil for a few months or dig it in if you want quicker results.
Pick your Plants –
Some people prefer to pick their flowers from a catalogue, whereas others prefer to head over to their local garden centre. Either method works fine as long as you choose plants that are adapted to your climate, soil and amount of sunlight.
Be sure to plant your blooms at the specified time of year. some plants like pansies and kale can withstand colder temperatures, whereas perennials prefer to be planted in mid spring and mid autumn.
Your garden is on it’s way –
Keep it up. Don’t forget to keep your plants watered and healthy, paying attention to how the weather is effecting your plants. Use a dry fertiliser halfway through the season to keep your garden luscious.