Gardening season is in full swing! If you’re interested in starting a garden but you’ve never planted one before, the following guide is a great place to start.
First things first, gardening does take a little bit of planning. Consider the following (tips from Real Simple):
- Assess your exposure. You’ll need to study what sort of light your yard gets during the day – each plant’s sunlight and shade needs are different!
- Designate your planting areas. A 4 x 4 plot of land is a good start for vegetables. For flowers, decide where you’d like to dig the beds.
- Know your dirt. What type of soil do you have? How much compost will you need to add? These are key considerations for your best garden.
- Decide between tilling and creating a raised bed. Both will work great for your garden – this is a personal decision you will need to make based on your physical state.
- Write down your seasonal preferences and make a plan. Planning will make the best garden!
Next, you’ll need to collect all the right supplies:
- Garden Fork
- Soaking Hose
- Hand Weeder
- Basket for moving soil
- Rain Barrel
From here, your needs will slightly differ based on whether you’re planning a vegetable garden or a flower garden.
For a great vegetable garden how-to guide, check out this article from gardners.com
If your focus is on flowers, here’s a great guide to starting a flower garden.