Thanks to the coronavirus, we have a lot of time on our hands. Unable to go out and do the things that we normally do, many of us are turning to gardening to get outside and keep busy. However, if your green thumb isn’t fully developed, you may be unsure on how to start. That’s why we’ve put together these essential tips on how a beginner such as yourself can start their very own garden.
Decide on what you want to plant
It’s usually not a good idea to plant herbs, vegetables, and flowers all in the same garden, especially if you’re a beginner. Instead, focus on one type of plant and go from there. No matter what you’re planting, keep in mind the climate you live in as well as the time of the year. Different plants grow in different climates. They also bloom in different times of the year. Figuring out your gardening zone will tell you which plants will thrive in your particular location. You can find this information on the USDA’s website.
Find the right spot in your yard
The biggest factor when deciding on the right spot for your garden is sunlight. Once you’ve decided on the type of plants you want to grow, see how many hours of sunlight they need in order flourish. If they need 6-8 hours, for instance, you should find an area in your yard that receives that same amount of light. However, light isn’t the only factor to consider. Make sure your garden is placed in a flat spot (as it can be difficult and expensive to deal with a sloping garden) and that there are windbreaks to prevent your plants from being damaged by high winds.
Invest in the right tools
Gardening should be a hobby, not a chore, but it will feel like a chore if you don’t have the right tools for the job. Here are a few things that every gardener should have on hand:
- Garden hoe
- Scuffle hoe
- Watering can or sprinkler system
- Dirt rake
- Leaf rake
- Garden shovel
- Knee pads
- Gardening gloves
Clear the ground and work the soil
You have your space, your plants, and your tools. Now you need to prep the area for planting. The first thing you should do is to clear the space. Once that is done, you have to deal with the sod. You can either cut it up and repurpose it, till it, or you can lay down wet newspaper and build a bed on top. After that you can fertilize the soil by adding organic matter such as compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure when you start to dig or till your new bed.
At this stage, it’s finally time for you to start planting. The easiest way to get your garden up and running is to buy young plants, not seeds, that you transfer into the ground. If you’re doing this, follow the tag instructions on your plants on how to properly transplant them in the ground. If you’re starting with seeds, then follow the instructions on the package to know how deeply you should dig. If there aren’t any, then a good rule of thumb to follow is to dig about 3 times as deep as the diameter of the seed.
With these tips, your garden should be flourishing by season’s end. However, if you’re still waiting for your newly planted flowers to bud, then don’t forget that you can always turn to Mills Florist for all of your flower and plant needs. Take a look through our site or contact us at 650-326-3443 with any questions!