9 Tips for Planning a Home Garden
With Spring time just around the corner now is the perfect time to start planning your home garden. If you are making one for the first time, are interested in going organic, or just want to read up on some pointers that might help you with your existing garden, these ten tips are all not only practical but also easy to implement.
First of all locate the place where you would like to grow your garden and review it objectively. Is this a spot where the sunshine is going to hit, where the soil is conducive to gardening, and that you have easy access to from your home?
Second of all, make sure that you situation the garden so that it is protected from not only the little people in your home that are likely to venture out into your yard, but also from the big ones as well. Family sports or gatherings can be lethal to an unprotected garden.
Third, look at your garden from the point of view of the animals living outside with it. Are the items being grown protected by a wire fence (perhaps mesh) from critters abounding that may be cute (Bambi anyone?) but have absolutely no regard for the hard work that you are putting into your garden.
Fourth, be sure to check with your local gardening centers to see which types of vegetables are most easily grown in your type of yard setting and choose from those the ones that you and your family will enjoy. Not only are vegetables a delicious option but home grown herbs and spices are a delight as well (think outside of the box, here and venture into areas you may not have thought of, such as adding something fun like spearmint leaves next to your favorite spice). Creating variety will allow you to explore different flavors and recipes as the spring progresses and summer comes forth. You may just be surprised at how many new ideas you will come up with for cooking and recipes with some of your food being grown right in your very own yard.
Fifth, plan to put compost on the spot you will be gardening as soon as Spring hits. This will prepare the soil you are going to use and make it stronger for the job it needs to do.
Sixth, make sure you have all of the tools that you are going to need for the job so you are not left with any surprises when planting time actually comes. You may want to consider getting mulch as well because not only will it slow weeds down tremendously but it will also help with proper temperatures (check with your local gardening store to see which mulch is best for your type of crop).
Seventh, when it comes time to start your actual planting make sure that you have informed yourself well on the types of plants, flowers, vegetables, herbs or spices that you will be growing. You can either start with transplants or with seeds, but know how to properly plant and maintain them. It sounds logical enough but you would be surprised by how many people just throw seeds in and expect them to grow with just a little watering. While that tactic may work sometimes, for the most part it takes quite a bit more effort than that to produce a successful garden.
Eight, once you have planted your garden make sure you maintain it regularly. Set a couple days of the week to spend an hour or so in your garden taking out weeds and insects and making sure all is in well working order.
Ninth, enjoy yourself! Besides producing great wares for yourself and your family, this is what gardening is all about. Use the time to relax and wind down. Enjoy the weather, the smells and the feelings all associated with gardening and know that in no time at all you are going to be enjoying the fruits of your laboring.