Do you have visions of a lush landscape outside of your home? Maybe you’ve wanted to become more self-sufficient and turn your yard into a miniature farm? Perhaps you just wish to boost the curb appeal of your property. In all instances, a home garden is the key. Yet, it takes a bit of effort to go from turf to private paradise, and so we’ll take some time to figure out the most generic list of steps anyone, with almost any gardening goals, can take.
Step One – Make Your Plans
As one gardening expert said, “there are techniques and strategies that people can learn in order to get the most out of their garden…Before starting a garden, it is necessary to understand what plants require in order to survive and grow.” And you do that by doing a basic soil assessment. There are many ways you can get your garden soil tested, and even if you have a small yard, it is a good idea to have each area’s soil professionally tested. The tests tell you if there are nutrients missing or if you have soil that is too acidic or alkaline.
You also need to understand your “zone” or climate. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map lets you discover just what zone your home is in, and this can guide you in selecting the hardiest and durable plants for that area. Keep in mind that you also have to look at the amount of sunlight an area of the property receives, how much water is there, and so on.
During planning, it is a good idea to do a rough sketch of the property and note the shadier spots, the sunnier spots, and anywhere there could be very wet or very dry patches of soil. There are plants for all of these areas, but you never want to waste time or money trying to grow a plant that prefers shade in an area of direct sunlight and low water.
Step Two – Getting Prepared
Once you understand what you can or cannot do, and have a good idea of the types of plants you can grow, it is time to invest in the tools needed. These go beyond shovels and hoes, and you’ll be far better off if you rely on a reputable supplier of garden gear. The Gardener’s Supply Company is noted for having all that is needed for easier gardening, including rain barrels, specialty growing materials, and high-quality tools.
A good list, according to experts would include “gloves, spades, pruners, shears, hand trowels, and a watering can… a digging fork, a shovel, and a hoe. A rake, dutch hoe, garden hose, wheelbarrow, loppers for thick branches, and edgers…”
Step Three- Get Busy!
After planning and preparing yourself, it is time to begin the adventure that is a home garden. Whether you’ve opted to do some espalier fruit trees and raised veggie beds or a formal rose garden, you’ll find that planning and preparing are the two keys to success.