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Spring is a great time to spruce up your yard and enjoy some time in the warmer weather. If planting a home garden is on your to-do list this season, here are a few tips to get your garden growing. In no time, you’ll be enjoying a lush and bountiful garden right in your own backyard.
Assess Your Space and Time
You don’t need a huge amount of space to get started with a home garden. But you do need to realistic with your gardening goals to make sure that you have both time and space to attend to the plants that you choose.
If this is your first time gardening, start with a container garden. You can choose plants by theme (a pizza garden would include basil, tomatoes, and peppers, for example) or group by color. You should also consider your growing conditions. If you live in a dry climate, planting tropical plants that require a lot of water may not be your best option. Particularly cold climates can also inhibit the growth of plants that are particular about temperature.
Define Your Garden’s Purpose
Just like gardens come in all shapes and sizes, they all have a different purpose in mind. Some growers like to plant thing that they can harvest: vegetables, herbs, even fruit trees. Others prefer flowers for cutting to beautify their home. Some gardeners like landscaping that they can enjoy outdoors, with large trees, bushes, and open space to play.
Consider adding hardscaping, such as benches, paths, or areas for tables and chairs, to make the most of your space. These are important parts of a garden’s design, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time in your space. You can even consider adding an interesting feature like a pond or fountain to take your garden to the next level.
Set Up Regular Watering
Most plants in the garden only need a couple of things: good soil, sun, and water. But without these three important elements, the garden will have a really hard time growing or flourishing. Setting up an automatic drip system can make sure that the right amount of water gets directly to your plants’ roots without any extra effort from you.