Whether you’re a gardener or gardening is something you’ve been trying to get into, there’s never a great time like now to get started in creating your perfect garden.
If you’re new or have been getting it wrong, after some work you’ll begin to see the rewards of your efforts with beautiful views, delicious flavours, and colourful blooms once you get it right. These steps will help you get started from scratch.
Think about what you want to plant.
This is where it all starts; before having the garden of your dreams, you need to first research on what plants you want to have in your garden. Have conversations with fellow gardeners, speak to a landscape artist and get the best advice before commencing. Take, for example how almost all vegetables and most flowers need 6-8 hours of full sun each day. If these are the plants of choice you must find an area in your garden that gets the most sunlight.
Get your soil right
The soil will be the home for your precious plants; you need to learn the different ways of cultivating theground in the garden by to breaking it up to loosen it.
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This is one of the most exciting parts of your garden, the first day, giving birth to your creation. If you are planting seeds, be sure to read the seed packet for information about planting time, depth, and spacing. If you’re an adventurous beginner, get a head start on the growing season by sowing seeds indoors a few weeks before the last frost date.
Water at the right time
Watering your garden is very important, also, be aware that watering is dependent on the soil and plant you have in your garden. For example, clay soil dries out more slowly than sandy soil, so you won’t need to water it as often.
Also, be aware of the seasons.Sunny, windy conditions dry out soil more quickly than cool, cloudy weather. To minimize evaporation, water your garden early in the morning.
Protect your garden
Now that your plants are starting to flourish you need to make some effort to help it thrive, so pull the weeds out before they get big. Get rid of dead, dying, and diseased vegetation.