How to start an awesome outdoor garden
An outdoor garden can be a real beauty to behold. People establish outdoor gardens for a variety of purposes which includes aesthetics, food, orchards and so on. You don’t have to be a horticulturist or agronomist with years of experience before you can establish a successful garden. Irrespective of the kind, purpose of size of your intended garden, some basic principles are unavoidable. The following steps are crucial in establishing an excellent outdoor garden that will thrive well both in the short-run and long-run.
1. Decide on What You Want and Purchase the Seeds
The first question you must ask yourself is “what do I want?” Are you looking to establish a flower garden, vegetable garden or orchard? You must first answer these questions. After you’ve made your decision, then you can go ahead to a trustworthy nursery garden or store to purchase your seeds or seedlings. It is generally more advisable to purchase seedlings, though this may cost you a little more. Purchasing seedlings eliminates the risk of buying dormant or dead seeds which may eventually not germinate at all. And please, be sure to purchase healthy seedlings.
2. Select a Good Planting Site
Before purchasing your seed or seedlings, you must locate a convenient site either in your yard or in your community garden that can sufficiently provide sun and shade. Irrespective of the geographical location of your site, make sure it is easily accessible. Adequate access to sunlight is crucial for the young seedlings to produce their food through photosynthesis. Shade is also particularly important when planting seeds during hot weather, to allow for a good germination rate. There are some plants that have a very specific shade requirement and if it is not met, they may perform very poorly or even die.
3. Prepare and Improve the Soil
Prior to planting or transplanting, ensure that you carry out the basic soil preparation procedures such as ploughing and harrowing, to ensure that the soil is in its best condition before you plant. Addition of fertilizer or manure will also help to improve the soil and ensure that your plants have access to all required nutrients.
4. Plant your seeds
The next step now, is to plant your seeds or transplant your seedlings (as the case may be). Before doing this, please ensure you consult a professional for the specific guide for the plants you’re dealing with. For example, Tomatoes need to be started in the nursery before moving them to the field permanently for them to do well.
5. Water Your Plants Regularly
This is particularly important when there is inadequate or fluctuating rainfall. The nutrients required by these plants need to dissolve in water before they can be accessible to the plants. However, care must be taken to ensure that the plants are not “drowned” in water.
Once these steps are meticulously followed, you can be sure your plants will do well and you will be able to sit back and enjoy watching your beautiful garden blossom.