When it comes to setting out your garden for the first time – or even for the twentieth time – there are some simple tips to follow to make sure you get the best possible results.
If you read through these gardening tips before you get started, your garden will thrive. You’ll also set yourself for continuing success in coming years, as these pointers will set you in the right direction for sustainable gardening.
1. Always have a plan.
Before you start buying anything and everything to plant, create a plan for how you want the garden to turn out. Do you want something you can ‘set and forget’, or something that you will have to give attention to regularly? Do you want flowers, or fruit? Start with the end in mind and choose what to plant according to the plan.
2. Make things easy on yourself.
Don’t have all your gardening tools stashed away in a shed right at the back of your property. Keep your gardening tools handy, so that whenever you have a few minutes, you can just pop out and do any maintenance and upkeep that’s needed for the day.
3. Cut out all the weeds.
Don’t tolerate weeds at all. Instead of trying to pull them up by the roots – and risking them growing back if you miss some – try the spade method. Get a sharp spade, dig down under grass, and sever the weed from it’s root system. Then you can plant them upside down, leaves in the earth, so that as they die they nourish your garden instead of ruining it!
4. Go all out with mulch.
Your plants need feeding, just like any other living organism. Get some good quality, organic mulch and spread it liberally over the garden. Use a flat-head rake to spread it out evenly and to avoid big clump rotting the plants beneath.
5. Go easy on the watering.
Your garden needs watering, but it’s wise to avoid high-pressure hoses. Opt for a slow, gentle stream or a wide dispersible option so as not to flood small plants or to make the soil so wet that the roots rot.