Pick the right spot
It is usually preferable to start small and work your way up. To begin creating your garden, choose a modest area. Make sure the location you chose gets 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. Avoid placing your plants in an area with strong winds since they can blow them over. Pollinators will also be prevented from conducting their job by the wind. Finally, consider how easy it will be to water, harvest, and take care of your plants in your garden. Out of sight, usually means out of mind, as they say.
Pick a type
The next step in your gardening journey is deciding on the style of garden you want once you’ve found the ideal location.
Is it going to be a lovely sea of flowers, a lovely spread of herbs, a kitchen garden for the future chef in you, or a wholesome vegetable garden to keep you in shape and healthy? No matter what you decide, start small to create the garden of your dreams.
Work on the soil
Gardening soil that is rich in nutrients is always beneficial to plants. Start by looking at the soil’s texture; it should be crumbly in your hands and easy to shovel. All plants will find it challenging to establish roots in soil that is hard and clay-like in texture. If your soil has rocks, till it to get the rocks out. It’s not as difficult to improve soil quality as you may imagine, and there are lots of advantages. To make your soil better, add organic compost made from vegetable peels and tea compost to it.
Grab basic gardening tools
The essentials: Every gardener needs a pair of pruning shears as a tool. By removing the dead plant components, you may maintain the health of the plants and bushes by using these to prune them back.
Tools for digging: In order to start planting your greens, you will need a few tools for digging and preparing the soil. A spade, a trowel, and a garden fork are required. The garden fork is used to break up huge clumps of soil or to remove the roots of weeds and old plants, while the spade and trowel are used to dig the holes for your plants.
Pick your plants
Picking your greens is the next and most exciting step in the gardening process. Take some time to research the plants before deciding what to cultivate in your yard.
While some plants like direct sunshine, others thrive in the shadow. For this information, check the seed packet for your plants. In particular, when you are preparing to become a plant parent, choosing the native plants for your location can make things extremely simple.
Alternatively, you can read our advice on the finest veggies to produce by month or check in your neighbor’s garden to see what plants are flourishing there.
Plan It Out
Plan everything out before you start planting your greens and getting your hands filthy!
Plan the placement of each plant individually, paying close attention to the required spacing. Plants require their own place just like humans do. Young plants might grow poorly, become more susceptible to illnesses, or even die if they are planted too closely together.
Labeling: It’s in our nature to forget things. Spend some time creating small labels and affixing them to your plants to help you remember what is planted where in your garden and to identify these particular plants. Even better, use your imagination to come up with some original methods to label your plants.
Decide on the type and size of the garden beds once the planning is complete. Raised beds make it simpler for you to work in your garden and are aesthetically pleasing.
It is more practical to garden in blocks or beds than in single rows. The width of a bed should be between 3 and 4 feet, making it possible to access the centre from any side. The length of the beds should be between 8 and 10 feet to allow for easy movement without walking on the planting space.
Start small and give each plant its own place to grow. Although the seeds and transplants are tiny, the mature plants can grow to be large, overcrowding the area and making it difficult for the plants to survive.
Water your plants right
Giving your plants enough water to survive is the intention, but overwatering them might result in waterlogging, which can harm your plants.
Watering your plants gradually and deeply into the soil is the best method. The soil should ideally become moist at a depth of 3–4 inches. In the heat of summer, plants require extra water. For the best plant development in the summer, read our guide to watering plants.