Starting a new garden can be an incredibly rewarding experience, but it can also become a huge challenge if the right steps aren't taken to ensure its success. For a garden to reach its full potential, there are a few important considerations to take into account before beginning the process.
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Things to Consider When Starting a New Garden
From the type of plants and flowers to the amount of sunlight the garden will receive, it is important to plan ahead and make decisions that will guarantee a thriving garden that you can enjoy for years to come.
With these helpful tips and guidelines, you'll be able to create a beautiful and healthy garden that you can enjoy for years to come.
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Choose A Location with Enough Sunlight
When it comes to veggies and flowers, one of the biggest things to think about is how much sun they'll get. Most veggies need a full 8 hours of direct sunlight each day to reach their full potential.
Keep in mind that 6 hours of direct sunlight can be enough for some, but in general, the more sunlight the better!
When you think about a location for your garden keep in mind what it is you want to grow. We have a tree in front of our garden. We plant our broccoli and lettuce in the shadier place of the garden to make good use of the shade.
Ensure Your Soil has the Right Nutrients
Figuring out the quality of your soil doesn't have to be a chore; many university extension services will test it for you and give you an idea of what it's like – sandy, loamy, or clayey – as well as its pH level, acid or alkaline.
You may need to add fertilizers and nutrients to your soil to make it better for growing.
Water Your Plants Regularly
Be sure you have easy access to water near your gardening spot; running back and forth with a watering can during a heatwave can be quite tiring. Plus, having water nearby will help keep your plants healthy and make it easier to remember to water them when you're feeling a bit lazy!
A good hose and spray nozzle makes all the different too.
I admit that I do not have a hose that reaches my main garden. I don't water it often because we get a good amount of rain in Nova Scotia. I do all the lugging of water for our huge garden myself because I refuse to buy a hose for five or six times I need to water it. I look at it as my cardio for the day.