How to Build Your Own Garden
Would you like to get started with gardening? That’s not really surprising choice because gardening has been a favourite hobby for a long time. People start gardening for different reasons. Some are looking for an activity that would allow them to relax and take things easy. Then there are those who do gardening so they can raise their own food or they want to cultivate rare plants. What is your own reason for wanting to do gardening? Your reason for wanting to have your own garden does not really matter. What’s important is that you want to do it. You are bound to reap some benefits from the activity.
Benefits of Gardening
What are the good things that you can get out of gardening?
First of all, it has long been known that gardening can be a great way of relieving stress. It might have something to do with the fact that most plants are green and that is the color that can bring relaxation. Working on a garden also allows you to get the physical exercise that you need. You will be working outdoors for most of the time and you will be lifting objects. You will be digging and carrying things. That will give you a good workout.
A garden can also be a great addition to your home. Not only will it make look better, but it will also add value to it. If you have fruit bearing plants and vegetables in your garden, then you will have the benefit of having a great source of food that is free from pesticides and chemicals.
How to Build Your Own Garden
How big is the garden that you want to build? If you just want a small one with a few potted plants in one corner, then that would be easier to build. But if you have a big space that you want to fill, then that is a major undertaking. If you are planning on building a large garden, you should consider hiring someone to help you out.
To get you started, we have listed here a few steps that you can follow in creating your own garden . You don’t have to follow these steps to the letter. But they can give you an idea of what are the things that you have to do to get your garden started.
What Kind of Garden?
The first thing that you need to do is to determine the kind of garden that you want to have. Do you want it to be an herb garden? Do you want it to be filled with fruit bearing plants? Would you like it to be filled with flowers? Each kind of garden would require something different, so you have to be clear about the type of garden that you want before you start building it. That way you would know the kinds of materials that you need to buy or get.
Choose the Spot
Plants would require sunlight in order to grow properly and so one of the things that you need to keep in mind when finding a right location for your garden would be a spot that receives enough sunlight. To help you identify the right spot, keep in mind that most plants would need sunlight for about 6 hours every day. But sunlight is not the only thing that you should consider when picking a garden spot. You should also consider the nearness of the garden to your water source. If you want the garden to make your property look better you need to pick a place where people can see it. You should also pick a location where the garden would not be in the way of people.
Clear the Plot
Once you have chosen the location of your garden, the next move that you should make would be to clear the land. You have to remove the sod that covers the ground where your garden would be. The sod does not contain the nutrients needed by the plants. The best thing to do is to actually remove the sod by digging it out, but that’s a labor intensive task. An alternative is to smother the sod with sheets of newspaper. Several layers of paper should do the trick. Once you have the plot covered with paper, you can then place some compost over it. Remember though that it would take four months before you can use the ground if you just cover it with paper and compost.
Even if you do dig the sod, you should still add compost to the soil. That would add nutrients to the soil that might not be found in it.
Choose the Plants
The next step for you is to choose the plants that you want to include in your garden. You can pore over catalogs or you can head over to the local garden shop and buy what you want from there. Whatever method that you use in getting your plants, the important thing to remember is that you need to pick plants that are well-adapted to the climate that you have in your location. Since you are just starting out, it is better to choose plants that are easier to grow.
The kind of plants that you have bought will dictate when you have to plant them. Kale and pansies can tolerate a great deal of cold so it is okay to plant them during winter or autumn. But other plants should not be planted when there is still some danger of frost. There are certain plants like sunflower which you can grow easily from seeds. You can sow them directly into the soil. If you are not so sure when to plant your seeds, read the instructions that come with the packet. If you don’t have the patience of growing plants directly from seeds, you can just buy the young plants. You can just dig a hole and place the young plants there.
Watering the Plants
Another essential material needed for the growth of plants would be water. When the plants are still small, you should water them daily so they do not dry out. Once the plants are better established, the frequency of watering them would depend on the kind of soil that you have, the climate in your location and the frequency of rain. Remember that it is also bad for plants to have too much water.
Mulch is useful in keeping the growth of weeds under control. It can also be helpful when it comes to controlling the moisture in the soil. There are different types of mulch that you can choose from. If you have a vegetable garden, it is better to use a kind of mulch that would decompose early. If your garden is made up of perennials then you should use mulch that would last longer.
Now you have started your garden. All you have to do is to maintain it now. There are so many
other things that you can do in order to improve your garden, but you have to concentrate on the basics first and then you can move on to the other things. Make sure that you perform the maintenance steps like taking out weeds and adding fertilizer when needed.