It’s that time of year when we’re spending a lot of time outdoors. For many of us, it’s time to spend in our garden. Some people grow flowers, others fruits and many others grow vegetables.
There is more to having a successful garden than just throwing some seeds into the soil and hoping for the best. You may get some results that way, but there’s no guarantee of getting good results.
If you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your plants and your backyard garden, you need to put a bit of extra effort into it. A little extra work early on will give you more beautiful flowers and a bigger crop of whatever it is you happen to be growing.
Here are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your gardening adventure:
- Start with good seeds. Not all seeds are alike, and starting with some good seeds from a reputable source can ensure that you’re going to get more plants and healthier plants.
- Treat your soil properly. For plants to grow, they need to have sunlight, water, and good, healthy soil in which to grow. It’s possible that your soil already has all of the nutrients that your plants will need, but it’s more likely that it doesn’t have everything. Instead of taking chances, why not make sure that the soil is healthy before you plant? A lot of people compost regularly and add the compost to their soil. That’s a good start. You can also add fertilizer. Other longtime gardeners add other things such as earthworm castings, powdered oyster shell and something called green sand. If you aren’t sure what you need for your particular area, your local nursery can probably help.
- Plants need regular sunlight. Choosing where you put your garden is important. If you plant it in an area that gets a lot of shade, your plants may not have enough light to grow. Be sure to put your garden in a place that will receive adequate light on a regular basis. You’ll also want to make sure that they don’t get too hot; this can be a huge problem if you live in the Southwest or in other areas where the heat can be unbearable. You might need to put a shade over your garden to keep extreme temperatures manageable.
- Many gardeners mix mulch in with the roots of their plants in order to help keep the roots moist. It just adds to the overall health of your soil.
- Water regularly. You may want to set up an irrigation or sprinkler system or at least put your watering on a timer of some sort so that your plants will receive adequate water on a regular basis.
Some gardeners also talk to their plants. The jury is still out as to whether plants know that you’re talking to them, or whether it helps. Many people with beautiful gardens swear that talking to their plants makes a huge difference. Personally, I’m not in the “talk to your plants” camp, but if you think it will help and you don’t feel silly doing so, then it certainly cannot hurt.
A beautiful garden is a nice thing to have in your yard, but you won’t get it just by wishing for one. Spending some time to make sure you have good seeds, that your soil is healthy, and that your plants get adequate water and sunshine will go a long way towards ensuring that your garden is a healthy, productive one.