Garden Success for Beginners

Gardening success for beginners
Beginning a vegetable, herb, or flower garden for the first time does not need to be overly complicated. Yes, they require upkeep and some planning, but let’s make all the work worth it by setting you up for success from the very beginning. You’ll want to know the following things before you get started, what is your agricultural zone, what kind of sun exposure does your yard get, and how will you water your garden.

Let’s dive into those three areas. A simple google search will tell you your particular agricultural zone. This will help you determine what to plant when in your area. To find an easy reference guide for planting in your area, google your state school's gardening guide. Each state school works hard to produce a guide on what varieties of say, tomatoes, grow well in your area and the ideal time to plant them. Some nurseries also provide useful calendars you can reference. Depending on where you live, your planting time for tomatoes will be different. Setting yourself up for success means growing things that will thrive here and now. This is especially important in southern gardens where the heat works against us.

All plants require sunshine. Some can do okay in partial sun, but that doesn’t mean shade. Partial sun means at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. Consider that your sunniest spot might be in your front yard.

Let’s face it when starting a new project we all start with the best of intentions. But life gets in the way. Watering your garden by hand with a garden hose can take about 30 minutes per garden bed. I know right! Seedlings require lots of water to get established and will grow a lot slower if not watered enough. The last thing we want to see after all the hard work is a tiny kale plant not suitable for one meal. Set up a drip irrigation system and consider connecting it to a hose timer to ensure your garden is thriving.

One final hot tip I’ll leave you with is don’t forget to fertilize. An organic granule fertilizer is an easy addition as it slowly releases over time. Using this will stretch out the frequency of application. Again, let’s work smarter not harder.
Happy gardening!

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