The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Garden Beds
After months of snowy skies and temperamental forecasts, spring has arrived, allowing us to finally envision warmer weather and a drier climate. However, along with the flowering tree blossom comes the commitment and responsibility of looking after your own garden. After all, having a beautiful backyard means creating a haven for you and your family and friends to enjoy as temperatures continue to incline.
Spring is the perfect time to start digging, planting and growing your plants, while summer is about nurturing, watering and watching your young buds grow. However, planting new flowers in a fresh garden bed calls for precision and planning. Landscapers don’t simply dive into each project. Instead, they plan every bulb and know how the end result is supposed to look before they’ve even picked up a garden trowel. Therefore, if you’re thinking of updating or completely redoing your back and/or front yard with new garden beds, here’s what you ought to know.
Mark Out Your Areas
Each garden bed will have different requirements, meaning you need to decide where to put them, the size of each bed and what’s going in them. If you wish to grow vegetables, then that particular garden bed will need a minimum of six hours of full sun. To determine the best space for your vegetable patch, spend the day in your chosen spot and see whether it reaches the requirements needed.
Furthermore, you should consider the logistics of your garden beds and whether they are easily accessible, near a running outdoor tap and can be easily seen. By having your herb garden, for example, out of sight, then you may forget to water it regularly, which is disastrous for most herbs. Instead, consider planting your herb garden in view and near a working outside tap.
Construct Your Garden Bed
If you’re constructing a box for your garden bed, then you’ll want to build this before you plant any flowers or produce. You can either construct this yourself, or you can buy a readymade garden box yourself. Whichever avenue you take, make sure the wood is properly treated to avoid mold and mildew. Also ensure the garden bed oil you use is non-toxic, like the products produced by garden bed oil.
Of course, each garden bed is different, but most will need to have its soil improved before any digging commences. The solution is simple, though: add a 2 to 3-inch layer of organic matter such as compost, dry grass clippings or manure. Of course, to reap the benefits, organic matter will need to be added to the soil a few months before you dig and plant.
Most novice gardeners will dig their soil when planting their flowers or vegetables. However, digging can ruin the structure of the soil. Only dig when the soil is moist; you can test if it’s moist enough by holding soil in your hand. If you can form a loose ball in your hand, but it falls apart when dropped on the ground, then the soil is fit for digging. Pick up your fork or space to dig the top layer of the soil while mixing in your chosen organic matter.
Plant Your Produce
Once the ground is ready, it’s time to pick out your plants and plant them in the ground. As we’re in spring, soon to be entering summer, you need to select your produce carefully. Kale, for instance, can withstand cold weather, making it ideal for winter or late fall. Be sure to read the seed packets before purchasing them, and that your garden has the right requirements. The last thing you want is for your flowers to fail!