If you are new to gardening, often it can seem overwhelming to even know where to start. What if you live in the city and don’t have access to garden space? Or maybe you have an area in your backyard that would work as a veggie garden but you don’t know what you should do first. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the right foot:
Find A Space To Garden
This seems obvious but if you are interested in gardening then you need to find a place where you can plant. If your home comes with a backyard, look for an area which receives good daylight that you can turn into a veggie garden. If you are just starting out, you don’t have to go big – you can start out small so you get a feel for gardening and experiment. Use a cultivator to help till the ground so that it is ready for planting. If you don’t have access to a cultivator or you have poor soil, you could try using raised beds which allow you to add a planting mixture for prime growing with the added benefit of less weeds.
If you live in an apartment or condo, you can try container gardening or using garden boxes. Don’t be afraid to plant vegetables in containers – you will miss out on fresh produce that you can grow yourself if you do. Container gardening doesn’t just have to be for flowers. If your balcony or patio does not get a lot of sunshine, the next best thing is to try and rent a garden plot through your community. This will not only allow you to grow your vegetables but will also allow you to get involved with your community and help you to meet new people.
Decide What To Plant
Once you have figured out where you can plant your garden, it is time to decide what you want to plant. Maybe you are looking to add some variety to your salad and want to experiment with different types of heirloom seeds. Or maybe you just want to grow your own vegetables so that you can save money on your grocery bill. Once you have decided what you want to plant, you need to make sure that what you want to grow, will actually grow where you want to plant them. You may have to amend your soil with compost or topsoil so that your seeds will get sufficient minerals for growing. If you are urban gardening and you want to grow some cucumbers, make sure you have an upright support that will help the vines grow upward. Same goes for traditional gardening – you will need to make sure you have stakes and supports for those vegetables that require support during the growing process.