Ready, Set, Grow!
Gardening is a great way to get you outside, soak in the sunshine, burn off excess energy and also reap rewarding results!
We’ve come up with some of our best-found tips to growing a garden for beginners! First, gather the tools you will need. Water can, hose, sprinklers, pruners, a small shovel (or a spoon if you’re in a pinch), gardening gloves are a good idea as well.
Start small, especially if this is your first garden. You can have a small patch in the yard, a raised garden or even a container garden. Decide on a convenient place to grow your garden and make sure you have full sun/shade, depending on what you are planning to grow. You can also check out what plants are most likely to thrive in your area on the USDA plant hardiness map at https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/
Good soil is also important when planting a garden. Go for a premium soil mix from your local nursery, or ask around your area about soil content. Try to avoid too sandy of soil if you can help it but if nothing else, just dig that hole and give it a shot! Keeping in mind that some plants are easier to grow at first than others, here are a few popular plants that are easier to maintain: peppers, onions, zucchini, dahlias, roses or petunias. Start your seeds inside and be sure to research the best time to plant them outside to avoid a potential frost destroying them. (Of course, this is very specific to certain areas that will still frost this time of year.) Feeding your plants is very important so be sure to fertilize your plants with organic materials to improve soil structure, and give them the food they need. Green Pasture Soil Rescue diluted in water is a great option for an organic fertilizer, as well as compost, manure or slurry. Last but not least, be sure to water your plants! Try to avoid watering the leaves to prevent any molding and do not over water your plants. Different species require more water than others, so keep that in mind.