We never want to feel like we don’t have enough food in our home. One way a few people have tried to assist in getting more food for their families, is by starting a garden in their backyard or on their patio. If you’ve never gardened before, there are a few tips and tricks to help the beginners out there. Don’t worry- do your best, take your time (we have a lot of that right now ) and try these trial and error gardening tips.
- Follow The Sun – One of the biggest mistakes beginner gardeners first learn is where to place their garden. Pay attention to where the sunlight is within your hard before choosing a final spot for where your garden should be. Your most edible plants, including fruits, herbs and vegetables need to be in sunlight for at least 6 hours to thrive and prosper for your family. Set a timer on your watch if you need to and keep an eye out on large patches of sunlight that will constantly have light for 6 or more hours a day. That is the spot you want!
- Location Location Location – If you are in a spot that doesn’t have a lot of light, location is still just as important then trying to find sunlight. The location you want your garden should be a place that you can easily access day in and day out. If you keep it insight daily, you will then want you to keep coming and checking on it day after day. If you place it in a spot where you can’t reach it and can’t see it, the popular phrase out of place, out of mind’ will surely happen and you need to be on top of your plants, fruits and vegetables daily.
- Find Proper Soil – One of the biggest pieces of advice veteran gardeners will tell you to invest in is soil. You want to find the best soil that is nutrient-rich and well-drained. Having this blend of garden soil into the top 6 to 8 inches of any existing soil, you’re planning to plant in your garden. If you are thinking of creating a raised bed, you’ll want to a specific type of soil called “raised bed soil” which is the perfect texture and weight for that type of growing garden.
- Type of Gardening: Depending on where you live, you can either have small plants on your patio or a raised garden bed that are very easy to put together. Raised bed gardening improved drainage and uses space more efficiently. Permanent enclosed beds, built to the correct height and width (usually about two feet high and three wide) make it possible to garden from a wheelchair. Large timbers provide room to sit down right next to the growing space, without kneeling or squatting, saving wear and tear on knees and other joints!
- Feed Plants Regularly: I’ve already chatted about the importance of starting with not only amazing soil, but that soil works best with regular boosts of high-quality nutrition for your plants. When you have the best soil and rich top plants you’ll be able to have an incredible growing garden. Make sure to have plant food to help keep it growing safely. Read the label directions.
- Have the right tools – Not only do you need to have the right soil, but you also want to have the right tools to properly care for your plants. Some of these tools include gardening gloves to protect your hands, clippers, a spade, a hoe, rake, shovel and wheelbarrow. When it comes to creating a raised bed or even creating your own garden house, you’ll need certain wood and other tools to assist you in getting the job done correctly. If this is unfamiliar territory, don’t worry. Some businesses can assist you in cutting the wood to your satisfaction, length and height. If you live in the Atlant area, a local business to call is Saw Trax. They offer a variety of saws to help you including their popular, panel saw. This can cut thicker materials like doors. This is ideal for customers that need to break down also sheet good up to 2 ½ inches thick with precision cuts. They recommend this saw for all users needing a greater depth of cut or the finer cuts offered by the larger 10” saw blades.
- Use The Right Plants: Selecting the correct plants is also essential to helping them grow in a certain climate they live in. This means, putting sun-loving plants in a very sunny spot, giving ground vines like pumpkins or melons some elbow room or use trellis to climb up. Find a variety that will grow well where you live and the space you have. If you need help, feel free to ask those at the store to assist you.
With warmer months upon us, now is the time to either get your gardening skills up to par or begin your gardening oasis. With the right tools, tips, tricks and help from a neighbor, friend or professional, you too can be someone who grows your herbs, vegetables, fruit and other important items right in the comfort of your own home.