Where To Begin?
Let’s talk about how to start your own home garden. Having your own personal garden at home can lead to many benefits in someone’s life, and plus it has potential to be a really fun activity. Now that you have taken the first step in deciding you want a home garden, we arrive to the second most difficult one. Where to begin?
Growing your own herbs and vegetables is very rewarding and all you really need to get started is decent soil and a few bags of seeds. Gardening itself is an easy hobby. The tricky part is having the understanding of HOW to keep your plants healthy. With this being said it is recommended to start small. First, start with some beginner plants and a minimum of 3 plants.
4 Beginner Plants For Your Home Garden
- Lettuce: It grows very fast and it’s easy to harvest. You can also grow lettuce in a container to save space.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes grow in Hanging Baskets and also grow very fast.
- Carrots: Whole carrots are easy to grow, but you won’t be growing carrots like the ones in the supermarket. Most home carrots are half in size due to rocky, deep soil.
- Cucumbers: They grow really fast and they grow in big quantities. Cucumbers grow best in containers.
With these suggested vegetables deciding what to plant is fairly easy. Remember don’t get excited! Stick to the basics and you should be fine.
How Can I Prep My Soil?
The second factor you have to consider is your soil. Without good soil conditions, your vegetables will simply not grow. Before you start it is best to test your soil. You can find soil-testing kits at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s but what if you want to do it manually?
Well, there are simple ways to check the health of your soil. First, you can start by soaking your soil with water and leaving it overnight. Second, once you come back the next day your soil should still be a little moist. If it’s too dry or too wet, add more compost or organic matter. Finally, if your soil is a lost cause, you can always try having a raised bed like seen below! Just cover the bottom with newspaper and add your store-bought soil!
How Do I Take Care Of My Garden?
As you can imagine when you are growing plants they’re going to need a lot of moisture. It is suggested to water your crops about 1 inch of water per week depending on how dry your soil is. You also have to remember a gardener’s worst nightmare, weeds! They compete with your vegetables stealing water and nutrients from them. Consequently, you may want to keep a hand fork handy because you’re going to want to stir the soil every so often to discourage weed growth.
Now you are ready to start your own home garden! Remember stick to the basics and you’ll have crops in no time!