Starting a garden isn’t just a fun pastime for those with a green thumb - it’s also a great way to get back to nature and enjoy some time outside in the sun, but if you’ve never done it before, making a start can be a little intimidating. The good news is, with a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll be ready to help your plants thrive.
Plan the perfect space
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all garden, which is why, if you’re going to make your efforts last long-term, it pays to have a plan. For the best results, you should choose plants for your garden by matching the climate in your area to the water requirements for each plant species, but that’s not the only thing you’ll need to consider. It’s also important to make sure that the garden space receives the right amount of sunlight for your chosen plants, so unless you plan to kill a few too many plants, don’t be tempted to skip over the planning stage!
Set up a compost system
Of all the things you can do for optimum plant and soil health, composting is one of the best - but a great compost heap doesn’t just happen overnight! It can take a long time for organic materials to break down to the point where their nutrients will be beneficial to your garden, so don’t deprive your garden of much-needed nutrients - start as early as you can, and use the compost at the correct time. There are so many things you can add to a compost mix, ranging from paper and cardboard to vegetable trimmings, tea bags, and pet waste - but don’t throw just anything onto the pile. Make sure to do your research and get up to speed on what you should (and shouldn’t) add to your compost heap.
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