When beginning a garden, anything can happen. One of the best things that happens is getting to use your creativity and being outside. This leaves anyone feeling happy and energetic; allowing time to stop and take a look at the book of nature. There is A LOT to learn about gardening (and nature). You’ll never be done. Of course, thats why I personally love growing things. The cycle begins with a seed and continues into a full fledged plant; eventually going dormant in winter and coming back to life in the spring. How exciting, Right?
How do you start a garden? How do you begin? I began when I was ten years old. I was given a small garden bed to work with. I remember planting zinnias, onions, broccoli, and pumpkins. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and watching everything grow; it was incredibly fun. Except when I found a grub. Pleck. Then I moved to a new house and began a larger, better garden. The same garden I have today. I began by picking a sunny spot and I just started digging. I bordered my spot with stones in my yard and continued to grow my garden. Slowly it began to take shape as I added more beds, planters, and (of course!) plants. I even added a bench I hand painted and a few wind chimes. I have been enjoying it ever since. Beginning something new can be challenging, but I say, BE UP FOR IT! Get creative and begin your gardening career.
Here are some helpful tips in beginning a garden for the first time:
- Pick a spot that has sun. Make sure there won’t be any trees that will soon shade your garden!
- Make raised garden beds. This means putting extra, softer dirt over the spot you have picked out (after you have weeded your area.)This ensures that the roots of your plants will have soft dirt to work with; being able to spread their roots with ease.
- Add compost to enrich your soil. You can buy bagged compost at your local garden center.
- Keep your costs low. Buy seeds instead of plants.Though it does take longer to get started, buying seed is cheap and you will be able to grow more things at a better price.
- If you decide to buy actual plants, stick with perennial plants (plants that come back year after year). This will give you a lasting garden. If you choose annuals, (plants that do not come back) pick annuals that you will be able to collect seeds from. (I will talk about this in a later post)
- Make sure that you have enough space for your garden to grow. Personally, I enjoy adding more and more beds each year.
- Make your garden suitable for any wildlife you intend to draw. Perhaps placing a bird feeder to draw in birds; or for drawing in butterflies, you might consider planting flowers that these beautiful winged creatures would enjoy. There are plenty of butterfly plant lists online.
Enjoy! Have fun gardening!