A home garden is more than just a piece of land. A lot of hard work, sweat, and dedication go into making it flourish. So, it’s only natural for us to want the best for our gardens.
Start by setting up a garden that is appropriate for the local climate, and the type of soil. Then determine what your needs and goals are for your garden.
Whether you want fresh produce or flowers, here are some of the many garden types you can plant at your home.
1. Raised Gardens
Raised gardens are built on soil that is higher than the rest of the ground. This is usually done by creating an outside border from wood, stone, or even bales of hay.
Many gardeners prefer raised bed gardening because it offers better water retention in sandy soils and better drainage when dealing with clay soils. There are also fewer weeds, giving plants more space to grow.
If you choose to plant vegetables, try starting with cherry tomatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, or herbs. Your raised garden will produce stellar produce in no time!
2. Vegetable Gardens
Vegetable gardens, also known as “kitchen gardens,” should be a staple for every household. Growing your own fresh veggies can significantly reduce your grocery expenses and provide a more natural and healthy option.
Pairing certain plants together can be beneficial and help them grow more successfully. For example, corn, beans, and squash work well when planted together. Similarly, tomatoes, basil, and onions can help each other thrive.
As a beginner, it is better to grow vegetables that require less attention. It is suggested that those who are new to gardening transplant already grown plants that may be around a month old, since they will mature faster than seeds. Potatoes, beans, onion and garlic are all commonly used and are a great way to start your “kitchen garden.”
3. Container Gardens
Don’t have enough area to plant a traditional garden? Don’t worry because container gardens work well in limited spaces.
You’ll need a container and some fertile soil to get started. Tubs, flower pots, or barrels can all do just fine as long as you make holes in the bottom for drainage. Next, plant your seeds and place the container on the porch, windowsill, or anywhere it can get a bit of sunlight.
Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, green onions, lettuce, radishes, and parsley can grow very well despite the limited space. Once you’ve had some luck with your container garden, also try your hand at pole beans and cucumbers.
4. Indoor Gardens
If you live in a colder climate where sunshine is hard to come by, it is still possible to have a garden.
In order to have a traditional indoor garden you will need a dedicated space in your home with room for gardening containers to grow your plants in. You will want to keep your gardening space away from pets or children. Achieving the appropriate amount of light is an important factor. Consider purchasing full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic the light from the sun.
Besides light and garden containers you will just need some good soil to get started.Try planting peppers, leafy greens, oregano, or lavender to ease you into indoor gardening.
5. Herb Garden
Wouldn’t it be nice to always have fresh and aromatic basil, parsley, sage or mint at hand when cooking?
You can plant an herb garden in raised beds or containers. All you need is a little sunshine, regular watering, some fertilizer or compost, and good drainage.
Herbs should grow just fine in pots and don’t take much space, making them an easy starting point for those who are new to gardening.
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