Creating an outdoor garden can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin. Not only will you have to spend a little fortune to acquire the things you need to set up your garden, but you will also have to devote a lot of time and energy into caring and nurturing your plants. But if you decide to engage in this hobby, you will be rewarded with a thriving garden that you can be proud to call your own.
When creating outdoor gardens, there are some basic things that you will need. Depending on how big your garden space is and the layout of your outdoor garden, you may need specialized equipment like grass blowers and electric lawn mowers. But for most starter gardens, these are sufficient:
- Grass shears
- Watering can
- Gardening boots
Consider these steps to creating your outdoor garden:
- Plan your outdoor garden. Start with the end in mind. The best gardens will take a bit of planning. Think about what kind of garden you want to cultivate – do you want a flower garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, a zen garden and so on. Look at gardening magazines for inspiration on what outdoor garden styles you can create.
- Asses the viability of your plan. There’s fantasy, and then there’s reality. Once you have an idea of what kind of garden you want to create, you need to determine which plants you can use based on the conditions present in your garden. You have to note the type of soil that you have, the amount of sun that your garden receives, the amount of space you actually have to work with, and the kind of weather that you have year round. Factor in your skill level and the amount of time that you can realistically devote to caring for your garden. It also helps to make sure that the plants you choose are compatible or can thrive harmoniously with the rest of the plants in your garden. Choosing the plants that have the potential to thrive in your garden can spell the difference between success and failure.
- Create a blueprint. Now that you have selected your plants, decide where you will put each one. Draw a vision of your garden. Plot them while considering how much space they will need when they’re full grown. This will help you determine how many plants you need to purchase from the nursery for your starter garden.
- Before finally putting the plants in your garden, be sure to do some prep work on your soil. It helps to condition your soil to be the best it can be before you start your garden. Kill weeds and pests that may be present. Fertilize and add compost. Add rich soil to your garden. These preparations can save you a lot of trouble later on.