Did you know that 59% of Americans found a new hobby during the pandemic? Of those new hobbies, gardening was the third most popular. If you’re looking for a way to explore the joys of gardening, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on to discover five simple steps to building a garden in your yard for the first time!
1. Determine Where You Will Place a Garden
One of your first steps should be to develop a garden plan. In other words, what part of your yard is best suited to growing plants? And what works best with your landscaping?
For many flowers and vegetables, you’ll need to choose spaces that receive enough sunlight. But some plants, including begonias and arugula, don’t require ongoing sunlight. If you can, you may want to organize a few smaller plots.
2. Figure Out What to Grow
What types of plants will flourish in your climate zone? You’ll want to look up your climate zone so you can approximate the length of the growing season. You’ll also be able to see what plants will thrive.
At the same time, plan on getting some garden tools. These can include a pair of garden gloves, a spade, a trowel, and a watering can. You may be able to get secondhand options to help your budget at garage sales.
3. Prepare Your Garden Plot
As you prepare your plot, do soil testing. You’ll catch nutrient deficiencies and be able to nurture your soil accordingly. Add some compost to your soil and till it to create an even, level plot.
You’ll also want to have easy access to a hose for watering. And you’ll want to check if utility lines are buried beneath your garden. After some initial costs, you’ll be able to have a designated plot you can revisit each growing season.
4. Plant Your Seeds
You can start your garden with seeds or younger plants. The latter option is easier, especially if you’re a new gardener. But if you have the patience and time, you can save money with seeds.
You’ll need to consider your climate zone and what you’re planting, but generally, spring is when most gardeners will start planting.
5. Take Care of Your Garden
Finally, don’t overlook the critical step of caring for your garden. After all, if you neglect it, you’ll end up with dead plants that make all the previous work a waste.
Commit to supplying around an inch of water per week to your plants. Keep tabs on rain, as well as any pruning needs. And use mulch to help keep the weeds out of your new garden!
Explore Building a Garden
Building a garden in your backyard can enhance your home’s beauty while providing you with a serene place to relax. Start by determining what you want to plant and where you’re planting it. Then plant your seeds at the right time and stick with a maintenance schedule.
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