Are you ready to find out if you have a green thumb? It’s always fun to start a garden during the warm weather months. It’s good to get out in nature to start digging, planting, and growing flowers, young plants, and vegetables.
If you’ve never started a garden before, you’ll need some tips on how to get started. We’ll take it even further and share step-by-step instructions for how you should begin your flower or vegetable garden.
Sound good? Let’s get to the good stuff.
Step #1: Choose Your Garden’s Location
Whether you decide to plant flowers or vegetables, it’s important to choose a location that’ll get about six hours of full sunlight each and every day. If you have a particular spot in mind, it’s important to spend the day in this spot to see how the sun moves through your space. You may get more or less sunlight than you actually believed.
There’s no reason to feel despair if the area doesn’t get lots of sunlight. Many plants are more than capable of growing in the shade. Look at plant tags while at your local garden store and ask questions to find out which plants need sun and which do not.
Step #2: Choosing Your Plants
Now that you’ve gotten help figuring out which plants will grow best in your garden, it’s time to choose your plants. You can read more to look at diverse seed collection options, or you can pour over websites and catalogs to find the perfect plants to meet your needs.
No matter which method you choose, buy plants that will perfectly suit your soil, climate, and the sunlight in the area. When you pick your plants, find some that are easy to grow when just getting started. A few options include marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias, Black-eyed Susans, pansies, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers.
Step #3: Put Your Plants in the Ground
Some plants are more than capable of tolerating the cold like kale and pansies, so you can plant them in the late winter or autumn. Other plants do not like the cold – i.e. tomatoes and annual flowers – so you’ll be much better off planting them after the frost is gone.
It’s very easy to grow sunflowers and lettuce from seeds. Sow them into your garden, read the instruction packet, and follow the directions correctly. As a beginner, if you’re really adventurous, you can start sowing your seeds indoors to get an early start ahead of the spring while the frost is still melting.
All in all, it’s necessary to follow seed packet instructions to get the best results. So do everything the seed packet tells you and you will have success as a beginner gardener.
Step #4: Watering Your Plants
During the seedling stage, the water should never dry out so you have to water them every day while they are still small. As your plants get larger, you should taper off the amount of water used and water less frequently – i.e. every other day – and do this until you establish the roots.
If it rains a lot in your area, you’ll need to water much less. Pay attention to the ground and see how wet the garden is. If it’s very wet from rain, you should avoid watering it that day.
Step #5: Upkeep
Now that your garden is beginning to grow, you have to keep up with it in order to achieve great results. Keep watering it as often as needed, if weeds get big pull them out, use of fertilizer when necessary and fertilize at least once a month.
As a new gardener, if you follow these directions you will be able to grow the perfect vegetable garden or flower garden in no time at all.