For many of us, the prospect of home gardening is a fresh start and an opportunity to get our hands dirty while doing something constructive. But success in a great garden is not always a guarantee. You need to plan and things well beforehand and ensure you follow a few basics to have a successful garden that not only looks great but also yields results.
Planning for your gardening experience is important because if you fail to plan, you are exposing yourself to mistakes that may well be avoided. You will not only spend critical money on some of these errors but will also lose time and invest a lot of effort from your end that has gone down the drain.
Follow these tips to plan your gardening project and you surely will see success. These tips will help you reduce the learning curve and learn from the experts who have done this over time and again.
Location Is Prime To Planning
Where you decide to grow your garden is the most important if not the first step in your planning process. Most plants prefer strong sun, that encourages strong growth and will protect the plants from pests and diseases. If you do not have access to full sun, then you may want to pick plants that grow in shade. Leafy salads and greens are a great choice for such situations. Peas can also benefit from shade in hot climates.
Soil Is Critical
Good soil is essential for a great garden. Make sure your garden has the right soil that is fertile, and moisture-retentive. However, it should also be well-drained. Flooding the soil with too much water can sometimes harm your plants. This is a key aspect of planning your garden even before you start one. You can improve any soil type by adding well-rotted compost. You can leave this compost dug-in to the soil or left on top of it between the plants.
Grow What You Eat
Though this may seem obvious, most people miss it. Concentrate on what you like to eat. Otherwise, you will not enjoy the reaping. You can an exception to this rule for flowers. They are always a sight for the tired eye and can add elegance to your garden. Otherwise, you should grow what you prefer to eat. This will keep you motivated and continue your love for gardening for a long period.
After all, consider growing plants by making the most effective use of the space that you have. This will not only give you the flexibility to increase the scope of your garden and get you to explore and experiment more, but also make you most effective in space. The plants that you decide to grow should also be possible to grow in the climatic environment that you live in. Do not try to grow exotic varieties in a geographical region that does not support such plants.
Go ahead and get started on your gardening after this planning. The sooner you get started that faster you will learn on what works and what does not. This will give you ample scope to make changes in the next plan you make. Gardening is a great experience and meditative in some way. It should help you relax and rejuvenate your senses.