It’s that time of year that all plant aficionados adore! Time to sit down, and really start planning your upcoming garden.
Be Realistic About What You Can Manage
When it comes to gardening, it’s generally better to go small rather than large, especially if you’re still new to the experience. Lots of people start off thinking they want to have a huge garden that spans their entire back yard. It will be pretty, they’ll have less yard to mow, and the garden will spare them the hassle of having to go to the grocery store. The problem is that many novice gardeners don’t realize how much time and energy maintaining a garden requires.
If you don’t think you’ll have several hours a week to devote to things like weeding, watering, and staying on top of pest control, stick to a small raised garden. If you find you enjoy it, you can always try something bigger next year!
Choose Your Spot With Care
If you’re growing vegetables, you want to choose a spot where the plants will get a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight each and every day, including later in the season when the days are shorter. It’s not always easy to find such a sunny spot, and some gardeners have found that instead of one large garden, they had to create a few different vegetable beds that they located in different sections of their property.
If you’re growing a flower garden, you’ll choose the location of your garden based on the sunlight requirements of the flowers you wish to grow.
Put a Fence Around the Garden
Putting a fence around your garden might not be quite the look you’re after, but it’s the best way to keep rabbits, deer, and other pesky animals away from the produce. The fence doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just effective.
Test Your Soil
The soil plays a huge role in the success of your garden. The best soil is loamy soil that drains well, is packed with nutrients, and is soft enough for the roots to penetrate. Rototilling will help soften the soil. Having a soil test done will show how much, and what type of fertilizer you should add before planting.
Choose High-Quality Veggies
You have two choices when planting your garden; you can start your garden from seed, or you can purchase young plants. Most people base their decision on time, cost, and convenience. No matter what you choose, you want to stick to high-quality seeds/plants. If you decide to use plants, make sure you examine each one, and that it’s free of disease, pests, and other signs of poor health.
When planting, pay attention to how far apart you’re spacing the plants/seeds. Stick to the guidelines provided by the nursery from which you purchased the seeds/plants. If you plant the vegetables too close together, they won’t get enough light, and you’ll have a low-yield garden.
Hurst Farm Supply has many of the tools needed to start and maintain a healthy garden. Contact us to learn more about our inventory today, or stop by any one of our locations.