Making a Garden
Wherever you live, having a garden is a lovely thing. It provides a burst of color and freshness, allows for exercise, and produces lovely flowers or produce that are all the more enjoyable when you’ve grown them yourself.
To make your gardening experience satisfying and worthwhile, there are a few things you should take into consideration.
First, what is the intent of your garden? Is it for exercise, for produce, or ornamental? The purpose will determine the kind of plants you will want to grow. Gardening for produce means you’ll want plants that you like to eat. Ornamental gardens can be full of flowers or shrubs, or you could make it dual-purpose and plant good-looking plants that also give produce. If you want to garden just to get outside, then the important part isn’t what you plant, but that you follow through.
The next thing to consider is space. What room do you have for your garden? Apartments can have gardens in window boxes, on shelves, indoors, on rooftops, or in community gardens. A house with a large yard provides ample places for your garden, and could even offer a variety of micro-climates, like shady places for some plants or sunny spots for others. You can plan beds and walkways between them, if that suits your taste and you have the space. If you have smaller spaces, gardens can be put into corners or narrow strips of earth, or with a bit of ingenuity, you could create tiered gardens or other space-saving ways to organize your produce.
When you’ve decided what type of garden you want and where you’ll plant, the last big thing to decide is what to plant. While this might seem that this should be the first thing you decide, you have to plan around what will grow well where you are. When you know what you want out of your garden, what space you have available, what the conditions of the soil are, and your climate, you can then find the plants that will grow best in those conditions. The amount of shade, the length of daylight, temperature ranges, and the growing season – all these affect what plants will grow well.
Once you have these three determined, you’re ready to start. Building, tilling, weeding, planting, mulching, watering, caring, and finally harvesting the fruits of your labor await you, and those fruits can be oh, so sweet when you’ve grown them yourself.