There are numerous advantages to having your own garden, ranging from health (fresh vegetables!) and curb appeal (envy your neighbours) to total mental and emotional well-being (creative outlet, anyone?). And the best part is that having your own garden is simple if you have the appropriate information. To get started, use this season-by-season breakdown. This is all you need to know about growing...
This time of year...
Spring is usually the greatest season to plant, regardless of what you're planting. First and foremost, where are you going to put your garden? Make sure the location gets lots of sunshine while choosing a site. (The amount of sunshine you'll need is determined by the plant you choose, so do your homework ahead of time!) It's time to start laying down the soil once you've chosen your area. However, before you start digging in the dirt, double-check that it's the appropriate kind. The majority of plants and crops thrive in nutrient-rich soil. Spend some time learning about the many types of soil you'll need for your plants or crops to thrive. Prepare your garden for planting once you've chosen your soil. Mark what you want to plant and where you want it to go with markers (these markers will also help you remember where you put everything).
Your garden is now ready for planting in the summer! This is the most enjoyable part. Plant as soon as you have the seeds you want to grow! After you've planted your seeds, make sure to water them on a regular basis. Once a day is usually sufficient, but do some study to determine what your specific garden requires to thrive. Also, remember to weed! To keep things from becoming too overwhelming, do a little bit every day.
Summer is also harvest season, so if you planted veggies or fruits, they'll be ready to consume after they've reached full bloom. If you plant flowers, this is the time of year when they will be at their best. Take a step back and take in as much of it as you can.
In the autumn...
Winter is approaching in three words. Fall has here, which means it's time to get ready for the cooler days ahead. Harvest any remaining crops and cover any that aren't yet ready. If an early frost destroys some of your plants, fruits, or vegetables, compost the debris that results.
In the dead of winter...
Winter is a time for rest—but first, a few household duties must be completed. To make sure you don't forget anything, use the checklist below.
For the winter, put your tools away. To keep them safe, store them in a garage or garden shed.
Cover crops with mulch. This will keep animals out of your yard and protect them from frost.
Create an indoor herb garden on a ledge to keep your green thumb going in the off-season! Plant herbs like basil, thyme, cilantro, and others.
Plant crops that can withstand the cold. If you miss gardening outside, look for plants or crops that can withstand the cold.
Start planning what you'd like to grow next season. It's never too early to start planning what you'll put in your garden.