Starting Your First Garden

gardeningStarting a garden is no easy task – I’m learning that the hard way.  The other week my mother decided that she wanted to plant a garden in her back yard with her senior care services caretaker.  Once they told me about the idea, I knew I would be roped into the project to provide assistance.

Well, it’s been long week out in the summer sun, but I did learn a lot about starting a garden.  Below I’ll share with you some tips I picked up that will help you when you setting up your own.

Have a Plan

If you’re interested in starting a garden, makes sure you have an idea of what you want to accomplish first.  If you go into the project without a clear plan, you’ll likely miss some important details and ruin your garden for the long run.

You should know what you want to plant, what type of soil they need, how much sunlight etc.  All of these details will determine where you place your garden.

Start Small, Grow Large

Don’t get too ambitious at first.  I know how exciting it can be wanting to plant many different varieties of plants, but it’s best if you start with only a few plants.  This will help you to be more in control of what’s growing.  Once you have a solid base and experience, you can begin adding more plants.

Have the Proper Equipment

You need to make sure you have all the necessary tools for gardening.  Some items include shovels, spades, rakes, water hoses, and gloves.  I definitely recommend buying durable, high-quality items, or you’ll find yourself heading to the store for replacements more often.

Collect Your Own Compost

This will save you money in the long run.  Collect fallen leaves, twigs, and other items and begin a compost pile.  Once you have a good pile, you’ll spend less money on mulch.

Don’t Rush

Like with most things in life, it’s important to start slow and not rush the process.  Becoming and experienced gardener takes years, not hours.  Don’t expect to have a fully functioning garden overnight.  Start slow and enjoy the process, and most importantly – have fun!

Get out there and have some fun!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy making your own garden as much as we did.  For more beginner tips, check out this great article.