Spring is in the air, and it’s hard to just sit at home. This time of year, many people find themselves driving to the home improvement store or garden center. There, they are enticed by the beautiful plants and the promise of growing their own flowers or vegetables at home.
While it may seem daunting for those with little or no gardening experience, planting a garden at home is probably not as hard as you think.
What to Plant and How Much
Starting small may be best, especially for beginners. Think about how much space you have for a garden, even if you’ll just be planting in pots for the patio. Also, consider what your family likes to eat and how much you’ll need. Be sure to read labels carefully. Remember that some plants yield flowers or fruits all season, while others may only produce or be pretty for a shorter time. A well-tended 10×10-foot vegetable garden could produce more than a much larger weed-filled bed, so don’t go too crazy when purchasing plants.
Find the Right Spot for Your Garden
There are three basic requirements for a successful garden:
1) Full sun – most vegetables or sun-loving flowers need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun each day. If they don’t get enough light, they won’t bear fruits or blooms, and they’ll be more susceptible to insects or diseases.
2) Lots of water – when it comes to vegetables, they aren’t very drought tolerant. This means they will need to be watered daily. Many annual flowers (those that are planted just for one season) are the same, while perennials (those that come back each year) tend to be more drought tolerant.
3) Great soil – the soil is the building block of your garden and should be moist, well-drained and rich is organic matter like compost or peat moss.
Take Care of Your Plants
About an inch of water per week is usually just right for many flowers and vegetables. For in-ground crops, this may mean watering once or twice a week when there has been little rain, while raised beds dry out faster and may require watering every other day. Weeds compete with your plants for water and nutrients, so keep your garden weeded as much as possible. Mulching with straw, compost, or plastic can help. Fertilizing regularly will keep your plants healthy and ensure that they keep producing for as long as possible. High-quality compost is a great organic fertilizer option, and packaged flower or vegetable fertilizers are readily available. Be sure to follow directions on the box.
For much more details instructions on planting a garden, check out this article from Better Homes & Gardens.
Hop into a vehicle from Nissan of New Braunfels and visit a store near you to purchase what you need. You can get started with your garden today and have your home decorated beautifully all Spring!