When should I start my garden?
Before I started having a garden, I was asking myself too many questions. Am I going to find time to take care of my garden? Will these plants grow in my urban area? Yet, I pursued my gardening dream and grew all my plants successfully in my city dwelling. The most common question asked by newbie gardeners is “when should I start my garden?” The answer is “now.” You have to prepare your soil, compost and gardening calendar in course of starting a garden.
This article will be guiding you about how to start your own garden.
When should I start my garden? Well, you have an idea of starting a garden. Now, it is time to decide what plants you want to grow. Not all plants can be grown in your place, that is, plants need certain criteria to grow. Many factors like soil fertility, climate, and sunlight influence the growth of plants in your garden. You have to find the plants that can grow in your location with the help of garden-savvy neighbours.
Once you got the list of plants that grow well on your location, you have to select the plants. Your garden will be your new source of food where you can consume fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. Get ideas from your neighbours, family and friends on what to grow and prepare the selected plants list, which you will use later.
If you are asking when should I start my garden, you should first plan. Before you go to the nursery, consider what you need—and don’t need—in a tree: top, width, form, bark texture and colour, fruit or berries, vegetation, when the tree drops its leaves and over what time frame, seasonal colour and interest, problems, suitability on your climate, how a lot of shade it’s going to create when mature, pruning desires, as well as sunlight, soil, and water needs.
Entire gardens created with shrubs and shrub borders are low-preservation alternatives to flower borders. When selecting a shrub, consider characteristics besides length—flower or berries; bloom time; leaf form and seasonal coloration; necessities for sun, soil, and water; and pruning wishes. Like timber, shrubs are categorised as either evergreen or deciduous. They can fill a landscape with flowers, fragrance, greenery, shade, and form in a way that belies their size. If you are asking when should I start my garden, you should do this first.
Ground covers require much less preservation than a lawn, so use those plants in areas that receive little visitors. Nearly any low-growing, spreading plant may be used for floor cover. The thicker and greater vigorously a crawler grows, the less you will want to weed the place and the much less watering or other care it’ll need.
Perennials come year after year, blooming for 2 weeks or even all season long, depending at the variety. They are high priced to begin with, but can save some cash through the years. Annuals die after one year. They are less-priced than perennials to start with, however must be replaced every year. A few start blooming in winter or early spring, but a lot bloom in mid-to late spring and offer colour for months.
By this time you will be having the list of plants you want to grow in your garden. Now you have to buy good quality seeds. You can get a copy of the seed catalogue from your agriculture supplies store and consult with seasoned gardeners in your area. This will save your time and avoid confusions in buying the right varieties. Since tomato has multiple varieties which you may find it difficult to pick the right one.
Do not settle down with cheap quality seeds at a lower price. You can invest a little extra on seeds because they are the foundations of your plants and yield. Poor quality seeds may not even germinate or some may yield less than expected. It is advisable to buy good quality seeds than regretting later on how your time and energy wasted in your garden with poor results.
After buying the seeds, you have to sort your seed packets into two groups, namely direct-sown and sow-indoors. Most of the vegetables and fruits can be directly sown into the garden. Peas, corn, radishes, beans, carrots, lettuce, beets, spinach, cucumbers, squash and melons will be coming under direct-sown category. Most of the perennial flowers should be started indoors.
Once you sorted the seeds, you can take the sow indoor packets and read the instructions carefully. Seeds need to be started as per the recommended duration in the packets. Usually the range will be from five to nine weeks. If a packet doesn’t have such recommended starting time, you can go with six weeks.
You can clearly see that the seedlings will be sprouting and growing in the mentioned time limit. Take note of the plants which are too small or two big; this will be helpful for you to adjust your seed-starting schedule for the next planting season.
You have to find the normal last frost date in your location. This is important for calculating the planting dates. Based on the frost dates like 6 or 8 weeks, you have to start planting. To keep this organized, you have to create a calendar with planting dates. You can start planting by schedule on your calendar and by this way you won’t miss any planting dates. Either you can mark on the packets or use separate trays to separate different planting dates, like all 6 weeks packets will be in a tray and so on.
If the temperature in your area is below 70 degrees F, you have to start planting one or two weeks later. This is because cool temperatures will decrease the germination speed and extend the schedule. When you notice that the temperature is more than 70 degrees F, you have to plant one or two weeks prior to the schedule.
Are you still wondering ” When should I start my garden “? Are you excited to start a garden now? Well, that is the purpose of this blog post. Start a garden now and enjoy the benefits.
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