The task of planting and caring for a garden for the first time may seem difficult, but there are a few specific things you can do to make your job easier and your garden more successful. Here are a few simple tips that can help you create and maintain the garden you have always wanted.
The Importance Of Compost
If you are new to gardening, you may not understand the importance of compost. In fact, compost can be the key to helping you create a successful garden. The benefits of compost go beyond your garden as well. By creating and using compost, you can reuse otherwise wasted items while giving your soil an incredible boost. You don’t have to purchase compost, either. Crushed up leaves and scraps from the kitchen may do just the trick. If you don’t have way to create your own compost, there are often community gardens that can compost your scraps for you.
So what does it do? Compost can give soil much needed nutrients while helping to fight off diseases. This is one of the best ways to feed your soil. The health of your plants is often very affected by the health of the soil they are planted in. If your soil is not healthy, the plant roots cannot grow strong, and therefore your plants will not be able to flourish. You can use compost in practically any area of a garden to help your plants grow. Often times, compost can help to actually restore life to soil that has been abused throughout the years.
Use Wide Crop Beds
When planting crops- whether vegetables, shrubbery, or flowers– keep them grouped together in wide beds. This can reduce the time spent and the amount of water needed, and it can also reduce the need for weeding.
Know How To Use Mulch
Mulch can be very beneficial in a garden, when used properly. If you have never before used mulch, you will want to make sure you understand how it is used. Here are a few of the benefits provided by mulch:
*A helpful layer of protection against disease and messes created by soil splashing up on plants
*Important temperature regulation
*Conservation of water
When choosing which kind of mulch to use, there are a few things to consider. Organic mulch is generally considered more preferable when compared to inorganic materials. You will also want to make sure you understand the quality and appearance of various types of mulch. Straw, for example, may not provide as clean of an appearance as wood chips. Depending on the type of mulch you get, you will also want to make sure to pay attention to how long it takes before it breaks down. Some mulch types may be more expensive, but they might last longer.
Get To Know Your Garden
Above anything else, if you want to succeed with a garden you have to get to know it. When you regularly spend time watering and weeding your garden, you will likely begin to recognize what it needs. If you notice that something is struggling, see what you can do to help.
As you learn how to care for it, you will likely come to love your time spent in your successful garden.