I Want to Plant a Garden: Where do I Start?

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

I Want to Plant a Garden: Where do I Start? | The Experienced GardenerPlanting a flower garden can add to the curb appeal of your home and create a peaceful outdoor retreat. Planting a vegetable garden can provide you fresh fruit and vegetables and the pride that comes along with growing your own food. But, there is a process that you have to follow in order to get either a flower or vegetable garden to thrive. If you are at the beginning of this process you may be wondering, ‘Where do I start?’ There is no need to get overwhelmed or make the process overly complicated. There are five main steps that you need to take in order to get your garden started and growing toward success.

Pick a spot

This may seem like a simplistic step but it can actually be complicated. The spot you choose for your garden will partially determine what types of plants you can plant. Each possible spot has its’ own set of conditions that can impact the health of your garden. If you are planting a flower garden you may have a spot picked by default. If you want to plant the flowers in the flowerbed next to your house then you have to work with what you have. Take some time to learn about that spot and choose your plants accordingly. If you want to create a vegetable garden and have several options for where it can be planted then your approach will be different. Think about what types of vegetables you want and pick your spot based on their needs. You should consider things like sunlight, access to water, and soil conditions when picking a spot for your garden.

Prepare the area

Once you have the perfect spot for your garden you need to prepare it. This means getting rid of weeds and any other types of debris. You will also need to loosen up the soil and possibly add in nutrients. This could be in the form of gardening soil, granules, or sprays that will provide nutrients to your newly planted garden.

Find plants that will thrive

As mentioned previously, in an already defined space you have to pick your plants based on the conditions instead of doing it the other way around. But, even if you can pick the spot there will still be some limits to the types of plants that will do well. The overall climate in your area will partially dictate which types of plants will work. One way to maximize your chances of creating the garden you want is to go with plants that are native to your area. They will be more likely to do well in the normal weather conditions of your climate that plants that are not native.

Maximize your chances of success

The final step of starting your garden is to maximize your chances of success. You can do this by adding things like mulch and fertilizer to your garden to increase water retention and growth. In order to protect your garden from threats you have several types of pest, disease, and weed control options available. Preparing for these possibilities will help you prevent problems before they occur.

Following these five steps will help you quickly get from starting your garden to enjoying your garden. These elements of preparation and planning will help increase your likelihood of success and protect your garden from common threats.  

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