top 10 best tips to remember while planning a garden
As the weather gets warmer, we all look for more ways to spend quality time outdoors. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the fresh spring and summer air is spending time in the garden. Starting a garden is a fun and ambitious project. It requires a lot of time and effort but the results are so rewarding. Are you looking to plant a garden this year?
Before you get digging, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Be sure to read these top 10 best tips to remember while planning a garden:
- Know your zone. Learn which types of plants are most likely to survive in your area by knowing your hardiness zone.
- Select which plants you’d like to grow. Every plant is different and each has their own needs. Consider which plants need more space, different light, or type of soil and keep these needs in mind when selecting plants for each garden bed. If you’re planning an edible garden, check out this encyclopedia.
- Assess your sun exposure. Is your yard bright and sunny or full of pockets of shade from trees? Study the light in your yard to identify the changing areas of sun and shade throughout the day. Most plants depend on full or partial sun. Vegetables, for example, need at least eight hours of full sun each day so it’s important to know the light patterns in your yard to determine a planting location.
- Designate your planting areas. Location planning is a crucial step in gardening. After assessing your light and evaluating plants’ needs, determine where you’d like to dig garden beds in your yard. Whether small or large, you want to make the most of your space!
- Consider fencing or borders. If you’re planting a vegetable garden or just have an abundance of curious critters, consider installing fences or borders before planting in order to protect your harvest.
- Get to know your dirt. Soil types can vary widely from sandy to a texture like clay. Find out what you can do to get yours the optimal environment for growth. Most soil can be enriched with compost and organic matter to make it fertile. Visit your local garden center to find out more about soil in your area and don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
- Decide between tilling existing soil and creating a raised bed. It’s usually most economical to till and add nutrients to your own soil but if you prefer to have a higher garden and fresh start with soil, you might make a raised bed. (If you do, be sure to use non-pressure-treated wood.)
- Make a seasonal plan. Think about color, height, and spacing as you plan your gardens, but most importantly, think about timing and season. In order to have a garden that looks great during all warmer months, create a schedule to keep your gardens looking lush at all times by replacing and rotating non-blooming plants.
- Invest in some basic tools. Ergonomic gardening tools are best. Consider getting the basics such as a spade, garden fork, soaking hose, hoe, hand weeder, and a basket or wheel barrel
- Develop a watering schedule. Watering is crucial to your plants’ success. Plan a daily watering schedule (mornings are best) and stick to it.
Check out these additional tips for planning an edible garden for spring and summer.