Gardening is not as difficult or overwhelming as it sounds. With a small amount of effort and maintenance, you can grow a beautiful flower garden or cultivate enough fruit and vegetables to sustain you throughout the winter.
The following tips will help make gardening fun, rewarding and exciting.
Start Composting Early
Your compost pile can include items such as banana and orange peels, fruit and vegetable flesh and skin, leaves, and dead plants. Be sure to use an equal amount of leaves and yard debris as you do fruits and vegetables. This will ensure that your compost soil remains rich in nutrients.
Gardening Begins Inside
Spring gardening actually begins in the winter. You can plant your seedlings into pods and create a makeshift greenhouse inside your home. Your seeds will have a greater chance of survival if they are planted in the ground as seedlings as opposed to seeds. You will need to purchase pods, Seed Starter Soil, seeds and saran wrap. After you plant the seed and fill the pod with the starter soil, pour water on each pod and cover with saran wrap. Watch your seeds carefully. Depending on the seed you will begin to see seedlings within 2-4 weeks.
Preparation Is Key
You must prepare your garden for the season by searching for any debris, leaves or trash that could hinder the growth of your plants. Pull any weeds that may have crept into your garden from the previous year. If you are starting anew, prepare your garden area. Once your area has been cleared, spread at least 3 inches of compost or manure in the area to begin infusing the soil with nutrients.
Plan to Plant Properly
It is best to plant certain flowers and vegetables before the summer heat starts to take its’ toll. Early spring is prime time for cool season flowers and vegetables such as onions, potatoes, lettuce, kale, spinach. Don’t forget to plant your shrubbery and bare-root trees during this season as well.
Involve the Family
Gardening is a rewarding hobby. It’s even more rewarding when the entire family contributes. Children will learn how to measure, plant and maintain gardens, simply by participating in the gardening activities.
- Make gardening a fun learning exercise by purchasing “kid sized” tools
- Create a calendar with your children and assign them tasks such as watering or turning the compost pile or collecting items for the compost
- Document your garden process with pictures so that your children can visualize the plant growth process