Mary Lovehandmade
Winnipeg, Canada

How to start a garden

Gardening is an exciting lesson, which includes many positive moments. After all, it's nice to see the results of your work in fragrant flowers or loose trees. Everyone knows that the fruits and berries grown in their own garden are much sweeter and tastier. Gardening for beginners can consist of such key stages as the ability to prepare a plot, choose the appropriate plants, and others.

Choosing a place

When planning the planting of fruit trees and other plants in the garden, you should take into account the compatibility of those or other species, their mutual influence, and so on. The following information may be helpful in this matter.

  1. The compound and structure of the soil. The choice of species of fruit trees is more influenced by the type of soil and the level of occurrence of groundwater. For example, plants with a root system that develops at a greater depth (more than 0.7 m) can be planted on a site with near-surface soil rivers. Such trees include hazel grouse, apple trees, summers tree and others.

  2. The direction of landings. For better illumination of fruit trees and shrubs, ranks are best located from north to south. In this case, solar energy will flow in sufficient quantities.

How to start a garden: tips

When breeding the garden you can take into account the following points:

  • For beginner gardeners, it is better to choose such varieties and types of fruit trees that do not require much effort or cost (e.g. apple, pear, currants, etc.);

  • on small plots it is better to plant high plants near shrubs (cherries and raspberries have a good compatibility);

  • the minimum distance between trees is 0,5 m;

  • weeds between plantings of garden crops can interfere with their development (delay the soil, pick up nutrients, and so on);

  • It is recommended to use mulch (straw, manure and so on) for the preservation of moisture in the soil.

A few tips for dummies and beginners

  1. Why is a purpose of a garden? Will you use it as a playground for children, plant a croft or do flowers flowerbeds? It is difficult to combine all your desires. So you have to decide, at least if you are a beginner in this business. You will need some time to create your own Eden. Before you go to work, think out which areas will include the garden: seating areas, playgrounds, flowerbeds, and the like.

  2. At first, you should not hurry. If you have just purchased a house or a garden or green area, do not hurry for the first season. Under the black soil, you can find the remnants of the gardening dreams of the previous owner. Many plants are perennial and bloom every year. And some sites require duplication and recovery.

  3. What can you do for your lawn yourself? It's a matter of sharing time, money and your ingenuity. Many gardeners prefer to do everything on their own. Other hire specialists: garden architects or landscape designers. But in any case, you rarely remain alone with your problems. You can always turn to your neighbours for help.

  4. What are the climatic conditions in your area? Within one country there may be various zones of cold weather. We recommend that you immediately consult a local gardening company or the nearest greenhouse. There you will be provided with comprehensive information on vegetation, climate and soil. Spontaneous purchase of plants without a preliminary check can cost you quite expensive.

  5. Height, time and colour. When planting a flower bed, you should take into account three main aspects: height, time and colour. The flower gardening for dummies requires a lot of effort. Choose the flowers, the flowering periods of which go in succession, so that the flowerbed remained lush and beautiful for a longer time. Make sure that the colours of the flowers are matched to each other. Higher plants should not be blocked with the lower flowers.

  6. Quality pays off. Of course, in supermarkets, you can buy cheap instruments and inexpensive flowers. But if you plant them in a bad soil, they will not please you with rapid growth. Tools should serve you for more than one season. Buy quality tools and materials! It's better to buy less, but only high-quality products that will last you much longer.

  7. Buy the tool with your friends and neighbours. It is not necessary to have a lawnmower or cultivator in each yard. Lend instruments or co-operate and buy more expensive and better equipment. You can share and exchange plants and bulbs, give advice and help each other to carry heavy objects. Do not forget to invite neighbours to garden parties as a thank you!

If you ask “what do I need to start a garden?” we can answer.

  • When choosing a place for a garden, you need to determine the most favourable place on the site. If not all factors on it are favourable for the garden, then the person can artificially create some of them, for example, sprinkle the fertile soil, protect from the wind, the irrigation system.

  • Where there are a humid climate and insufficient heat, during planting it is necessary to choose high places that are well warmed up and ventilated and where deeper groundwater is submerged. Where is the relatively warm and moderately humid climate, the best gardens are gentle slopes. In regions where rainfall is low and heat is sufficient, the best place for the fruit trees is an equal area.

  • For the fruit garden, the best is sandy and loam soils.

  • It is desirable to arrange the fruit zone in a place protected from drafts. You can also choose a culture that is less afraid of drafts, and along the entire garden to create a rough plantation, which will serve as a protection against winds.

  • In moderately thickened plantations, the trees are more durable than those that are liquefied.

Gardening for dummies may at first stage seem complex. However, gradually, with the accumulation of knowledge and practice, you can get great results.

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