Start a Home Garden with These 7 Steps
When you start to think about all the elements of beginning a garden, it can be... overwhelming. We're here to take some of the stress out of the process, with 7 home gardening tips to give you that momentum you need to get started.
Step 1: Decide What You Want to Grow
When planning what to grow in your garden, it's important to take both environmental factors and your personal preferences into account.
Climate is one of the biggest factors in determining how successful your home garden will be. Figure out which plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables you plant will be most successful in the region you live in, and what seasons to plant them in. Don't forget to check the approximate start and end frost dates of your region so that you know how long your growing season will be.
Need help? Look to your local community gardening experts, join online gardening groups and forums, or even do a simple internet search for some extra guidance.
Step 2: Find Sufficient Garden Space
You'll need to decide what size you want your garden to be based on the space you have available. Remember: you can always start small and grow your garden over time as you become more experienced.
Your crops shouldn't live in a cramped space – if your plants and vegetables don't have enough room to grow they won't reach their potential. Make sure the garden beds you create have an adequate amount of space to grow and flourish.
Gardening Tip: If you have limited space on a patio deck or a small outdoor area utilize grow bags, large pots, or containers for convenience. Vertical crops also allow you to grow more vegetables, flowers, and herbs in a tighter space. Plants such as tomatoes, sunflowers, and bamboo will yield the highest volume.
Don't forget to find your sun source when you consider which type of greens you'll plant! Start taking note of how much sunlight your yard gets, and when. This will ensure that your nursery will have an adequate amount of sunlight during its growing season.