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Gardens are beautiful and beneficial. Regardless if you are growing a vegetable garden or just flowers, it’s always worth getting your hands dirty now and then. You might look to the perfect gardens in your area and long to have something similar. Fortunately, starting a garden could be much easier than you thought. Does it involve much work and time? Certainly! But with the guidance, you can do your best to bring your dream garden to life.Read on to know how to start a garden.
Decide the type of garden
Gardens cater to different plants, so, to start, you must decide if you want a vegetable, flower, or herb garden. A vegetable garden comprises plants such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and carrots. They are colorful in their way but serve a much bigger purpose as a source of food. You can harvest the crops when they produce fruits, to feed your family or share with neighbors.
Flower gardens typically are for ornamental purposes. They make your home more beautiful, especially when you take the time to plant them in rows or clusters.
Herb gardens add beauty to your surroundings but are also useful in the kitchen. Herbs such as cilantro, thyme, and rosemary are a large part of an herb garden.
Vegetable plants will always need more attention and specific care to grow successfully, but flowers and herbs can withstand a little neglect.
Select specific plants
Every area offers something different to plants concerning weather, soil, and other factors. For this reason, some plants grow better in particular environments than others. After deciding the type of garden to go with, the next step is to consider the plants. Research this by asking another gardener in your area, visiting a nursery, or checking out the website of a local university’s botany department. Learn what vegetables grow best, which flowers grow better when herbs are the better choice.
Prepare the soil
The soil will need a little boost to accommodate the plants and guarantee they grow healthy. Improve the soil conditions by adding organic matter. For the best results, consult your nursery or gardening expert. Earth with more clay in it needs one preparation while dirt with more iron needs another so, do not expect perfect results without the right product.
Seeds or Transplanting Healthy Plants
Deciding whether to plant seeds or to transplant healthy seedlings requires a consideration of the season. Some plants grow during winter, which is usually from December to March, others prefer the warm spring season which begins late March and runs till June.
Finally, invest in quality garden tools, water the plants when needed, and care for them regularly. No room for a garden? Ask your real estate professional about neighborhoods that have a community or cooperative gardens.
In a typical year, you grow a lush vegetable garden that brings endless pleasure to you and fresh food to your table. But this year you plan to put your house on the market. Do you still grow a garden? Or, you live in a townhome or condominium and miss your old gardening days. So what do you do? Grow your garden in pots.
Veggies in pots
- It doesn’t matter if you’re just short on gardening space or plan to move and want to take all your hard work with you, you can grow many vegetables in pots just fine. In fact, many plants don’t really care where you grow them as long as the soil is good and has water and drainage.
- Growing root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips in pots require the pots to be taller than you want your root to grow. Otherwise, your veggie will bend to adjust to fit the container and won’t look as pretty on your table.
- Many plants can grow in hanging pots: think strawberries, small potatoes, grape or cherry tomatoes and even greens such as spinach and butter-head lettuce.
- Vine plants like cucumbers, squashes, and melons require more width, so a shallow but wide bed works best. You can make a tabletop bed or even use a large plastic tub or bin.
- Climbing plants such as tomatoes and bell peppers need a trellis. Most gardening shops carry round trellises that fit right inside your pot.
- Plant your herbs in small pots and hang them on hooks along the patio wall or terrace railing.
If you’re able to work in your garden every day, keep your plants moist with a watering pot. But, if like many people, your commute is long and your days are short, consider using a drip system to help out. You can adapt a regular hose hooked to your spigot with pieces for a standard drip system available at your big box DIY store. Or, find one specially designed for patio gardens. Put a separate sprayer or drip outlet in each pot and adjust it to match the needs of that plant for a bumper crop.
If your patio doesn’t have a spigot, or if your budget doesn’t run to adding a drip system, use inexpensive watering globes or create your own using empty water or soda bottles. Just poke a hole in the lid of the bottle (bigger holes for plants that need more water and smaller for those that require less), poke a tiny hole in the base of the bottle to prevent it forming a vacuum. Then fill it with water and turn it lid-side-down. Place it in the pot with loose dirt or small pebbles so that the holes don’t become clogged. Now you have a drip system.
Moving your plants
When you’re ready to move, take your plants first or last. Move them inside your vehicle so that you can control the light, temperature, and ventilation. If you’re moving a long distance, or crossing state lines, check agriculture regulations. For instance, there are many plants you cannot import to California. Other states, such as Florida and Maine require live plants to be inspected to certify they are free of pests that could damage crops.
Talk to your professional realtor about displaying and protecting your patio garden during open house days.
12 Indian Trail, Bourne, MA 02562
12 Indian Trail , Bourne, MA 02562
When your family is searching for a home, it’s an exciting time for the adults, but if there are children involved, it can be a difficult task. Children don’t have to be left in the dark during a home search. Children of all ages can be involved in the process of finding a home. Read on for tips on how to make your kids feel a part of the home search process.
Preschool-aged children might seem not to be aware of the fact that your family is searching for a home, but they can still very much be a part of the process. One thing to remember about young children is that you shouldn’t give them too many options. Once you have narrowed down the homes to a few and the time to buy a home is close, it’s a good time to tell your toddler about the fact that you’re moving. While you probably don’t want to take your kids along with you on all of your home viewings, you can bring the children with you. Even the opinions of the tiniest among us can help contribute to a final decision.
Older children may be more challenging to deal with during a move. These kids are more aware of the changes to come and maybe more reluctant of the entire process. It’s best to include children this age (around 6-9 years old) in conversions about your plans. Where do you hope to move? What neighborhood will the home be? Show them pictures of potential new homes. Allowing kids this age to share their thoughts on location and the types of houses you’re looking at can help to ease fears and anxieties. Remind your kids that the final choice is up to the adults but that you appreciate and welcome their input.
Older Children And Teenagers
Pre-teens and teenagers can play a part in the house search. Make sure that they understand that there’s no pressure on them to pick a house but their input is essential to you. Teens are tweens should be encouraged to come along on house tours to help give an opinion on the properties in person.
The older the kids that are involved, the more you should value and welcome your input. Make sure that you reassure your teens, letting them know that they can continue their favorite activities. Do a little research on the new community first, or allow your kids to do a bit of research themselves.