We have previously we talked about ways of improving a yard via the planting of grass. While grass is certainly the most prevalent substance in yards in most American cities and towns, it is also the fact that more and more people are turning to a yard feature that was once far more ubiquitous: the garden.
If your street is anything like mine, then there is a rising number of homes where the lawns – or large portions of the lawns – have been replaced with raised beds or tilled patches of land in which flowers and vegetables are growing with graceful strength. If you’ve ever found yourself envying the owners of these homes who have managed to create elegant gardens (and a charming food source as well) then today’s article is for you! Because, you see, there is very little to it other than some dirtying of the hands and a little investment in your local gardening supply store.
Choosing a Location
Selecting a patch of ground is the first step towards creating a private garden. Decide on how big you want the garden to be; decide on what shape and style. Raised beds require a little more material and work, but they can help ensure that your kale and cucumbers don’t get eaten by rabbits before you can get to them. For flower gardens, raised beds are not as useful, however they still have an added charm that is hard to ignore.
Preparing for Your Plants
Once you’ve decided on the style, now it is time to dig up the ground. The biggest hindrance in this step are the grasses and weeds that have already laid claim to the area where you want to start your garden. In order to ensure that the plants you want to grow have the best possible future ahead of them, many people will lay cardboard, newspaper, or some other stifling substance over the area. During this period, the plants underneath the covering will receive little water and no sun, effectively killing them and thus helping to ensure that they don’t return to steal all the water and sun from the plants you want to place there instead.
The part that everyone looks forward to, the fulfillment of all your past work, is, of course, the placing of your new plants into the ground. Be sure to dig a hole deep enough so that when you place the new plants in the ground their tangle of roots can be fully covered by soil. Too shallow, and your plants will die because they are unable to get as many nutrients from the ground as they need.
Space the plants out enough so that they room to grow, and then water them well. Especially during the first few weeks, you want to make sure that the plants are receiving a good amount of water every day.
You might at first see the new plants droop a little, but don’t be alarmed! It is natural for plants to do this when suddenly introduced to a new area. Just keep watering them, being careful to make sure that you don’t water too much and wash away all of the soil covering their roots.