Planting and growing a garden is not only fun, but a great way to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables right out of your own backyard all summer long. In today’s post, we’ll look at some of the best gardening hacks for beginners so that you can feel confident about starting a garden for the first time.
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1. Choose a Sunny Location
One of the best parts about owning a home is that you have a number of areas to choose when it comes to planting in a sunny location. If you tried growing plants on your apartment balcony, then you likely found that your plant choices were limited. Most vegetables and fruits need a minimum of six hours of sunlight, so be sure to observe which parts of your yard get the most sunlight before you begin planting.
2. Use Good Soil
Plants’ roots are able to penetrate soft soil much more easily. If you have a yard that has rocky or sandy patches, then you probably want to consider creating raised beds for your garden. One advantage to raised beds is that you can fill them fairly full of soft, rich soil before adding the plants so that they can get the most nutrient-rich soil possible. Don’t forget to add a good compost or fertilizer!
3. Select a Stable Environment
A stable environment refers to an area that is not overexposed to rain or sunlight. You want to protect your plants from both drowning and drying out. Additionally, if there is an area of your yard that seems to take the brunt of strong winds, then you will want to avoid planting your garden there as well.
4. Start Small
Whether you have just moved into your first home in Stokesdale, or you upgraded to a bigger Stokesdale home, there is no doubt that starting your first garden is a pretty exciting event! While a vegetable garden can be low-maintenance, it’s not no-maintenance, which means that you should start small to ensure that you are able to keep up with the demands of a vegetable garden. If you’re unsure, start with some containers or just one raised bed. As you gain experience and confidence, don’t hesitate to add more beds to your garden and watch it grow!
5. Pick Plant Types
Building on our tip to start small, it’s important to choose plants that you really enjoy eating often. Be careful that in your excitement you don’t overdo it by purchasing every single vegetable and fruit available! One great way to get the most out of your garden is to do something called succession planting. Essentially, you would plant something like summer beans after you harvest your spring lettuce. This type of planting allows you to extend your harvest season for as long as possible.
6. Don’t Forget Flowers
You may not be wild about bugs, but there are a number of bugs that are wild about your vegetables. In fact, the more you can attract these bugs, the more likely they are to pollinate your plants and help you boost your crop! Be sure to look for flowering plants like sweet alyssum, zinnias, and cosmos to attract bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and more. Plant your flowers between the veggies, herbs, and fruits for the most benefit.
7. Water, Weed, Feed, Repeat
Just like you, your plants need nutrients on a regular basis to get the best growth and production possible. If you’re unsure how much to water or when to water, the answer depends mostly on the type of soil you have in your yard or raised bed and the climate in which you are growing your plants. A very basic rule to remember is that your garden needs about an inch or two of water each week, with deep and infrequent watering being better than frequent shallow watering.
We hope that these gardening hacks will help you feel confident about planting your first vegetable garden this summer.
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