A garden is a great way to start a new hobby, brighten up you property, and most of all it can be such a stress reliever. That’s right, so many take into gardening, as a way to get away from it all and relieve the stresses of your everyday life. Gardening is a very fulfilling hobby that comes with many opportunities. You have the opportunity to watch the plants and flowers grow, and if it’s a vegetable garden, you have the opportunity to bring the food that you have grown to the table.
A vegetable garden is also a wonderful project for children, as it can be a powerful teaching tool for future “Green Thumbs”, and the feeling the little ones will get when they get to eat what they have grown. If you’re worried about it keeping the interest of your children, just remember, it allows them to work with dirt, water, and tools. What kid doesn’t like to get dirty and build or create things? Some of the most popular toys of all time are designed around creation and the building of different structures or objects. Just look at how a LEGO set keeps them occupied. But the best thing about a vegetable garden is the fact that they are learning something new, as well as, having a good time.
As with any work of art, you will need some inspiration to get started on you garden. First, pick the location that you would like to start your garden. Take a “functional analysis” and determine what you and your family want from the garden. Start by keeping things small and simple. You can always gradually add more plants and complexity to it over time. As with any work of art, you will need some inspiration to get started on your garden. Just know your limits, take into consideration on how much time you will be dedicating to it, certain plants and larger products will take a lot more effort to help the grow.
After you have decided on the location and size of your garden, often comes the hardest part, weeding through the possibilities. That’s right it is time to remove all the weeds and unwanted vegetation from the area. Depending on the condition of the area of your yard that you have chosen, this can be the hardest and most time consuming part of your project, but don’t let it discourage you. Once you are done cleaning the area up, you will already notice a huge difference, and it will be a huge encouragement and sign of accomplishment. Don’t cut corners or slack on this part, make sure you get as many of the weeds out as possible, it will be much harder and more time consuming when the garden is grown.
Once you have removed all the weeds and unwanted plants from the area, you will now need a shovel and garden rake, because it is time to till the dirt. When it comes to tilling the dirt, this part can be easily confused, and made much more complicated that it really is. Start by digging the shovel into the dirt about 1 ½ to 2 inches and then apply pressure to your end of the shovel lifting the dirt out of the ground. Repeat this step all throughout the location by almost overlapping each dig. Make sure that the areas borders are clean cut and straight, this will add a much nicer look to the garden. If you plan to add a border using rocks or any other objects, I would recommend digging a little trench around garden, so you can keep the border objects in place and not allow the height of them over-shadow the garden. The depth and width of the trench will depend of the size of the objects being used, but don’t worry, you , you can always remove or add dirt to get the look you want. Once completed, take the garden rake, and rake through the dirt thoroughly removing any debris or rocks. Go over it a couple of times until all the dirt has been mixed around and you have an even surface. This will also make the planting process much easier.
Now its time to decide on the plants you will use and how many of them you want in your garden. When it comes to choosing plants, several factors come into place, your region, the time of year you’re planting, and the architectural style and color of your home. You will find many beautiful plants out there, but plants, flowers, and vegetables can be very picky under what conditions they will grow, so do some research for plants that are good for your region. Researching the plants for your region is a very simple task, you can easy search online where there are several great gardening websites, or you can ask the garden center that you pan to buy the plants from. If you choose not to do the research and just start planting, it can turn out to be very frustrating and disappointing, if the plants you chose fail to grow properly. Now that you have put together a list of plants for your region, its creativity time, the time you can pick and arrange the colors, size, and types on plants you want. Remember to let your home influence the look of the plants and flowers you decide on. You can always take a ride to some local botanical gardens or just drive around the neighborhood to get different ideas on the look you want. Coordinating this look will make your garden and home stick out much more.
Finally, we come to the last step, planting what you have chosen. This is a very simple task, if you chose items that come as seeds, just follow the instructions on the packet on how deep and the space the plant or flower will need to grow. If you chose a pant or flower that is already grown and comes in a pre-soiled pot, just dig the hole about an inch wider in with and about the same height as the pot. Once you have dug the hole, gently grab the plant by the bottom of its stem, and pull out of pot. Simply place plant with the soil in the hole and cover and secure plant with excess dirt. Remember to water the plants after they have been planted and make sure to always water all plants and flowers at the base of its stem. Watering them from above can sag the plant down and possibly burn the plant under heavy sunlight.
That’s as simple as it is, you are now on your way to earning your, “Green Thumb”. So whatever your reason may be, you want to grow some vegetables, spruce up the look of your property, or add some added cosmetic value to your for the sale of your home, gardening can be a very fun and rewarding project. Good luck and enjoy yourself, don’t make it out to more than it should be. Remember it is supposed to be a fun project.