Tips For Starting Your Garden
Many people dream of having their own garden but the thought of actually putting the dream into action is overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you do? How do you do it? If you have no previous gardening experience these questions can be daunting enough to put you off doing anything. The reality is, it’s not hard, you just need to take it one step at a time. Start small and go from there. I’ve tried to make this as practical and straight forward as possible in the hopes that it will help you take the first step to building the garden of your dreams!
My windowsill used the be the place store bought herb seedlings came to die. I would've described as a ‘black thumb.’ When I first decided to start growing my own food, I bought a tomato seedling from the local supermarket and somehow kept it alive. That was my first step. All you need to do is take your first step; have a go and see what happens. There will definitely be failures, I can absolutely guarantee that but I have learnt the most from my garden failures rather than my successes. If you have the right information, attitude and outlook you really can’t go wrong! Here are some things to consider when starting out:
PlacementPlacement is one of the crucial elements that you need to get right if you want to have a thriving garden. Your vegetables need sun! When deciding on the location of your garden you want to pick somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Basically find the sunniest spot in your yard and put your vegetable garden there. The more sun your vegetables can get the better.
Start SmallA big mistake people make when starting their own vegetable garden is biting off more than they can chew. At the beginning, your garden needs to be small and manageable. Statistics show that many people who attempt to grow their own food mostly give up because of failure so you want to do everything you can to ensure your own success! So, when planning your garden, don’t go overboard with the size. By all means, create it so that you can keep adding to it but start small. Choose a size that will allow you to grow enough vegetables for your family while keeping things at a manageable level. Once the addiction takes hold, you can keep adding to your space and growing more, which is, part of the fun!
In ground or raised bedStarting out, you need to determine if you want to grow in the ground or in raised beds. There are pros and cons to both. Personally, I love raised beds. A raised bed is usually placed on top of existing soil or whatever surface you have in your yard. They are easy to maintain and look great. A raised bed also gives you more control over your soil and has better drainage. However they can be expensive when getting started and also need to be watered more due to the drainage, so make the best choice for you.