The season of spring brings warmer weather, sunshine and endless amounts of ambition when it comes to outdoor projects. Spring is a great time to add a flower bed or vegetable garden to your yard. A planting project can be very rewarding all summer long. Here are some tips to help you get started on creating a thriving flower bed or vegetable garden.
Pick the Ideal Location
Survey your yard to find the best location for your planting project. Think about sun exposure, water runoff, ease of access and curb appeal. For a vegetable garden, you'll want full sun for most of the day. For a flower bed, you can choose flowers that match with the amount of sun exposure that your desired location has, such as full shade, partial sun or full sun. Make sure you are able to access the area to tend to the plants and harvest vegetables.
Stock Up on Tools and Supplies
There's nothing worse than starting a big project and then having to run back to the store in the middle of it because you have the wrong tools or supplies. Buy your gardening tools and supplies in advance. Look for gardening gloves with a rubber grip that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Other tools that you might want on hand include a shovel, spade, hoe, watering can and scissors.
Additional supplies to have on hand when starting your garden include landscaping fabric, plant markers, tomato cages or similar plant support system, seeds or seedlings, and compost. You can also do your own composting with a simple outdoor compost bin.
Prep the Planting Area
If you have a raised garden bed, the prep work could be setting up the border and adding gardening soil or compost. Borders can be purchased or created out of wood or landscaping rocks. If you are digging in the ground, be sure to check for wires and pipes first. Then till up the soil and add compost. Laying out landscaping fabric is an effective way to reduce the amount of weeds that will grow in your garden. Cover the area with fabric and then use scissors to cut small openings to insert your plants or seeds. This will save you hours in weeding time throughout the summer.
Organize Your Plant Layout
A piece of graph paper works nicely for sketching out where to plant everything in your garden. For a vegetable garden, choose the plants you want and read the instructions on how far apart to plant them. Also consider which plants work well together since different plants use different types of nutrients from the soil. Something to consider for the layout of a flower garden include the time of year the flowers bloom and if you want annuals or perennials. Annuals last for one season, whereas perennials come back year after year.
Once you have the area prepped you can plant your seeds or seedlings. Follow the instructions to ensure you plant at the correct depth. Generously water the area immediately after planting and keep watering regularly until growth is established. Soon all your hard work will result in healthy, home-grown vegetables and a beautiful place to enjoy your outdoor space.
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