Starting your own garden is something that requires self-discipline and tons of passion. There are so many plants that you can grow that you can get easily carried away. If you are a beginner gardener the task of planting, watering, weeding and trimming can sound like something hard to achieve but don’t get discouraged. Here are some basic steps that will help you establish and grow a beautiful garden, that your neighbours will envy you for.
I. Make an Action Plan
The first step is to decide what type of garden do you want. It is best to start with a few plants and build your garden from there. You can make a beautiful and colourful flower garden with rose bushes, violets and lilies. If this isn’t your style how about a vegetable garden? Basil and thyme are easy to grow and smell lovely in addition you can include homegrown vegetables like carrots, cabbage and squash. If you are on the sweet side of life, plant a little corner of the garden with strawberries. The possibilities are endless, and you can always make a wonderful mix of flower beds, a vegetable garden and a few fruit trees. The best part of gardening is you can do whatever you want.
II. Know Your Garden’s Surroundings
It is essential to know your region in order to select the right plants for your garden. There are a couple of things that you need to take into consideration:
If you live in the more southern parts of England like Dorset you are blessed with a relatively warm summer and not so cold winter. These are the ideal conditions to maintain a beautiful yard as a true professional gardener. Climate conditions are very important because, for every plant, they determine the amount of rain and sunshine, the humidity and temperature levels, needed from your leafy garden friends.
The composure of the soil is another thing that you must inform yourself for. You can pay to make a soil reading and see what are the pH, acidity and nutrient levels. Take a look at the texture of the soil, it may be too hard, too sandy or with too many pebbles in it. Consider buying additional gardening soil.
If you have a lot of rabbits or deer in your region you might consider avoiding certain plants that are poisonous. Also, it is not a good idea of having a vegetable garden if it is not going to be properly fenced
Speak to your neighbours and discuss what are the most annoying and harmful pests in your region. Be prepared to guard your precious future garden.
III. Buy Proper Gardening Tools
You need to start only with the essential tools and gradually move towards the more professional ones. For now here is a checklist of everything you will need at the beginning of your gardening adventure:
- a trowel;
- a forked trowel;
- a garden fork;
- a gardening knife;
- a pair of pruning scissors;
- a plastic/soft rake;
- a metal rake;
- a watering can (make sure it has a rose attachment.);
- a garden hose;
- a pair of gardening gloves;
IV. Pick Up Plants
After you are fully prepared, you need to go and choose your plants. Depending on the season, you can buy and plant seeds or already grown plants. Make a list of all the greenery you want to have and take a sample from your soil. When you arrive at the green centre search for a consultant and show them your list. They will be able to tell you if the plants you picked can coexist together and if the soil is right for them. If you are buying fully grown plants and trees be extremely careful with the transportation.
V. Plant Your Garden and Label Its Inhabitants.
The last step is the one with the actual gardening in it. Time to present your green friends to their new home.
If you are planting, seeds follow the instructions on the packaging. You may need to make a watering calendar and a schedule depending on the type of plant you are planning to grow.
If you are replanting already mature plants be careful not to damage their roots. Dig a hole, place the plant and cover its root system with soil. Press with your hands and make sure there are no air pockets around the roots. Be careful, when you are done the plant must be unable to be pulled from the ground.
Lastly, you need to label every type of plant. You don’t want to sit in a daze wondering are those tiny green things begonias or cabbage. You can make the labels yourself or buy clear ones from the gardening centre and just add the plants’ names.
Congratulations, you just planted your first garden!