How to Start a Garden

Starting a garden is not as simple as one might initially think. A garden takes a considerable amount of time and dedication plus things like the right soil, warm weather, and varying amounts of sunlight and water. According to Better Homes and Garden, here are 10 steps to starting a garden.

There are many different types of gardens, but the most popular are flower gardens and vegetable gardens which are the most common. Although gardens do take a lot of patience, the first step you want to take is finding out what you want to plant. When planting a flower garden, you want to research colors,  fragrances, and which ones bloom the best during spring and summer. When planting a vegetable garden you want to research which grow best in your region as well as choosing the vegetables you know your family is going to eat or even try.

Living in apartments or having a small yard, you can still have a garden. You can grow plants inside using containers from window seals and making sure they are getting the same attention as they did outside. MasterClass gives you 6 tips for growing plants indoors, you always want to know when your plant needs water, that’s a big part when it comes to houseplants, they aren’t always getting water. As well as making sure they get the right amount of sunlight, and temperature and humidity. With houseplants you want it to be between 65 and 75 degrees during the day and 10 degrees colder at night. Using the right potting soil and fertilizer gives the plants nutrients and finding the right pot for them helps them grow as well. Growing plants inside, the easiest ones to grow can be, monsteras, spider plants, and philodendron heartleaf. 

Once you figure out what you want to plant, you next need to decide where you want to put the garden. When finding the perfect place, you want to consider areas that are flat to prevent pooling of rainwater, which area in your yard receives the most sunlight, and where your water access is located. Clearing the ground of weeds and other things that hinder the future success of your garden.

Testing and adding missing nutrients to the soil is a necessary step in making sure your plants will grow well and produce beautiful healthy blooms and vegetables. Soil has essential plant nutrients in it, so without good soil, your plants could fail to thrive or produce. After addressing this last crucial step of preparing for your garden, you can finally start planting your seeds. Always make sure to read the seed packet for information about planting depth, ideal planting time, and spacing in between each seed. 

During the spring the most popular vegetables to grow are cucumbers, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, asparagus, and sweet potatoes. Some of the most popular flowers to grow are daffodils, irises, tulips, petunias, sunflowers, and peonies. There’s certain flowers that you will only see in spring such as daffodils and dwarf irises and there are certain vegetables you will see such as, honeydew, cucumber, peppers, and tomatoes. Best plants for beginners are, spider plants, succulents, cactuses, and dracaena species


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