Well now that Spring is finally here, it’s time to get Gardening. I get so excited this time of year and get extremely anxious to get outside and start digging. And, I will not get ahead of myself and go overboard this year. Why? Because I have a plan. I know I say that every year, but this time is going to be different. I have decided on doing another Container Garden. It was easy, affordable, and successful. However, I will be planting more vegetables, and herbs along with my flowers, and houseplants.
Prepare Your Soil
If you are anything like me, you don’t have the first clue where to begin or what you really want to grow, you just know you want to. I mean, how hard can it be to throw some seeds in the ground? Please don’t try this! It will not grow well, trust me. Before you even think about planting, you need to test your soil, the results will tell you how acidic or alkaline your soil is, which affects how plants absorb nutrients. Examine soil texture, too. It should be easy to shovel and crumble in your hands. Add fresh soil, mulch, and compost, being careful to aerate as much and as deep an area as you can before planting. Of course, ya’ll know I love Rooster’s Organic Compost. It’s environmentally safe, free of weed seed, contains all the beneficial microorganisms my soil needs, and much more.
Maximize Your Space
Since I will be gardening on my patio, space will be limited after the Table, Umbrella, Lounge chairs and Grill are set out. Not to mention, all my other outdoor accessories. I will need to utilize every square foot I can. I am looking forward to trying some of the new gardening trends, like a vertical herb garden and growing lettuce balls and more. This will definitely be interesting considering I am not a DIYer. Another way to utilize space is Companion Planting. Also, rotating plants and mixing types of plants also keeps your soil healthy by not exhausting the nutrients in one area.
Keep It Simple
Start with Easy Plants, growing vegetables is a fun introduction to gardening, and it’s a good way to get the kiddos outdoors. Some easy vegetables to grow are, Carrots, Green Beans, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Spinach, Tomatoes, Radishes, Bell Peppers, Summer Squash, and Basil. Some easy flowers and plants to grow are, Sunflowers, these sturdy flowers are fun and easy for everyone and , the seeds are edible and enjoyed by many birds. Sweet Alyssum, these tiny flowers have a subtle sweet scent and may germinate in as little to 4 days. Marigold, once there is no danger of frost, you can plant Marigold seeds directly into the ground and, they usually sprout within less than a week. Also, Marigolds are known to keep bugs away from Tomatoes.
I hope everyone shares my enthusiasm and is ready to get started in their gardens. As always, I will share my progress with you as I go. Now, get up, get out, and get dirty.