Whether you want to start a vegetable garden, herb garden, or container garden, or you’re just interested in some general landscaping for your home, you’ve come to the right place.
Gardening is full of possibilities whether you’re a brand new beginner hoping to have a few houseplants or an experienced gardener with a 1,000 square foot vegetable garden. There are always new things to learn and new ideas to try.
The best location for your garden will depend on the resources you have. If you have 5 acres of property ready for gardening, you’re off to a great start. If you live in a tiny apartment with a few windowsills, there are still plenty of possibilities.
If you are starting an outdoor garden, think about where the garden will get the most sun. Think about what plants you will grow to make sure they will thrive. For example, don’t put plants that require a lot of moisture around the base of a large tree because the tree will steal all the water from the new plants.
Decide on a location before you get started. This will help you plan out your garden more easily. Most people will have this decision made easily in advance.
Type of Garden
There are many different types of gardens. If you want to know how to start a vegetable garden, click here. Vegetable gardening is fun and productive because you end up with fresh fruits and vegetables.
The type of garden you have will determine the required state of the soil you use, where it will go, and what kind of results you’ll end up with. When making this decision, you need to think about your property and where you live. For example, you’re not going to grow citrus trees outdoors in New England.
If you rent, you probably won’t be able to dig up the yard. In fact, many renters don’t even have a yard. Fortunately, there is still container gardening available. If you do have a yard, raised bed gardening is an option if you don’t want to worry about digging up the yard but want a larger outdoor garden.
There are so many different kinds of plants, trees, and shrubbery that it would be impossible to list them all here. However, some types of gardening you can consider are:
- Vegetable Gardening
- Container Gardening
- Flower Gardening
- Herb Gardening
- Raised Bed Gardening
What You’ll Need
The tools and supplies you’ll need will depend on what you plan to grow and what type of garden you have. Click here to find out more about what tools and supplies you will need to start a garden.
A plan serves many purposes. It makes the whole process simpler because you don’t have to keep worrying about what comes next. It also helps you sort out exactly what you need and want. A plan should include estimates of the following:
- Size of garden or number of containers
- Type of soil required
- List of tools and supplies you’ll need
- When you begin setting up the garden
- Whether or not you’ll start from seeds or purchase small plants from a nursery
- Where you will buy the seeds or plants
- What you will grow
- How you will care for the garden
If you’ve decided to grow your plants from seeds, you will need either a seed starter kit or a tray to start small seedlings. You can use cut up toilet paper rolls filled with seed starting soil, too. I prefer to use seed start kits such as the Jiffy Professional Greenhouse 50-Plant Starter Kit. Click here to buy it. It also comes in 75 plant starter kit here and the 25 plant starter kit here. I like these because they are very simple to use and require very little preparation.
Next, prepare the soil. If you’re using container gardening, you’ll need containers of your choice filled with a good potting mix. Outdoors, you’ll need to till the plot where you’re planting. Test the soil with a test kit such as this test kit here. It’s easy to use and will allow you to make any necessary adjustments to grow healthy plants.
As the weeks go buy, it will come time to plant your seedlings in your containers or in the ground. Continue to care for them with organic fertilizers, weeding, and plenty of water. Keep browsing the site to learn more about how to start a garden and how to care for it.