A garden is a great way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. It's also a great way of providing healthy, affordable food for your family! With so many benefits, why don't more people have gardens? Well, it's not that they're lazy or unmotivated; it's just that they aren't sure how to start one. These tips will help you learn all about starting and maintaining an awesome garden!
How to Grow and Maintain a New Garden
Decide on your garden's size
A few people are lucky enough to have the necessary land for a full-sized garden, but most do not. Consider how much space you can devote to your garden and try to work around your schedule so that you can maintain it. Remember, time spent working in the garden is time spent being healthier! Gardening has been shown to reduce stress and leave you feeling accomplished.
Another important factor in determining your garden's size is to consider the size of your family. On average, each family member will need around 200 square feet of garden space to feed them year-round. This can be scaled up or down depending on how big your family is, or depending on how much you want to rely on your garden for food.
Create a plan, or at least a rough sketch
Know the direction(s) that your garden will face and how much sun it will receive throughout the day. Measure off where you want each row to be placed. If you have children who are interested in gardening, make sure they have input into the layout. Having their input will result in a better garden, and they'll be more interested in helping you maintain it!
Common vegetable space requirements:
Beets: 2 feet wide, with plants at least 1 foot apart
Broccoli: 1 foot apart.
Brussels sprouts: 16 inches wide, with plants spaced about 4 inches apart.
You also want to ensure that your garden is adequately fenced in to protect it from marauding animals, as well as for aesthetic purposes. Use a site like Angi to find rated local fencers who can create a sturdy and functional fence for your garden, taking into account concerns like underground utility lines, piping, and the like. Don’t hire the first well-rated contractor you find, incidentally; it’s best to compare rates and credentials from several to ensure you find the best possible fit for your project.
Consider your climate
Extremes can affect your garden! In extremely cold weather, it's important that you protect yourself and your plants by bringing them indoors or covering them with extra mulch. If temperatures are very high, you should try to plant crops that thrive in warmer climates.
A garden needs at least six hours of direct sunlight each day in order to grow most plants. If you have clouds or trees blocking sunlight, consider building a trellis to encourage your plants to grow up rather than out.
Provide adequate watering and nutrients
One of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy vegetable garden is to provide adequate nutrients and water for your crops. When you put plants into the ground, they will not have the ability to absorb all of the nutrients that are available from their soil. The most important thing you can do to prevent this is to continue adding nutrients to the soil as your garden grows. Adding fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus will help encourage healthy growth that prevents unwanted weeds from growing.
Starting a Successful Garden Today
We've provided some helpful tips on how to start and maintain your new garden. From deciding on your garden size, layout, and what plants are best for your climate, you should have all the information necessary to get started with your own backyard oasis. Hopefully, you found this article helpful. Enjoy your gardening!
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Written by Leslie Campos