Have you ever wondered what it takes to start a garden? It’s estimated that there are over 31 million households in the US that participate in gardening each year. Today, I’m going to teach you how to start a garden, whether it’s a vegetable garden or if it mainly consists of flowers!
How to Start a Garden Getting Started:
The first step to starting your own garden is to plan out what kind of plants you are wanting to grow. There are some vegetables that are easier to grow than others. Here are five vegetables that are perfect for the novice gardener:
Lettuce (my favorite is buttercrunch)
Did you know that some vegetables, if planted next to each other, can hinder the growth of each other? The next step is to strategically plan out where to plant your vegetables and ensure they have enough space to grow without hindering each other.
Getting the Right Soil:
Once you’ve picked out your location for your crops, the next step is to make sure that you have the proper soil and nutrients to give your plants the best chance for growth!
You want soil with a lot of organic matter and compost such as leaves (shredded) or aged bark. You’ll also want to ensure that the soil does not dry out too quickly or hold too much moisture.
To know the right time to plant your vegetables you need to know what Zone you live in. You can do that by visiting the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Here you will find what zone you reside in and when the best time to plant your crops to reduce the chances of freeze damage.
The best time to water your plants is in the early morning (between 5 am and 9 am). It’s best to water in the early morning so that your plants will have enough moisture to carry them throughout the heat of the day and not have wet roots when going to bed. This will help cut down on the chances of getting any fungal diseases on your foliage.
Keeping the Weeds Out:
Now that your garden is well established and growing now it’s time to start the maintenance period. Make sure that you’re watering your plants consistently and keeping any weeds that pop up plucked.
Keeping your garden free of weeds will help ensure that your vegetables are not competing for nutrients in the soil, moisture, or root room to grow.
There are a lot of different vegetables to choose from that you can grow in your garden if you’re a beginner. The key is to make sure they have room to grow, proper nutrients, water, and no competition for these key components.
Have you started a vegetable garden from scratch? Let me know how it went for you and any tips that you may have in the comments below!