Tips for planning your first garden
by Garrett Colburn
Everyone knows the annoyance of having to dash to the supermarket for a single onion when it's their turn to cook. Or, maybe you just want to know where your food is coming from? Or, you’re thinking sustainably and want to reduce your carbon footprint? No matter what your reasoning is it is always a good idea to start your own garden. Here are some quick and easy steps to get you on your way.
Choose what kind of garden you want
There a few options when choosing your gardening bed and choice will vary on size constraints, preference, and location. Here are three options:
An in-ground gardening bed allows you to utilise soil that is already there while adding rich soil to it. There is less start-up work to an in-ground bed and it is less permanent than other choices. If you have the space for an in-ground bed it can be one the easiest and cheapest ways to start your own garden.
A raised gardening bed is usually made of material such as wood or other building materials. Raised beds offer an ease of manageability within a defined space and set to your preference. However, a raised bed will require more soil than an in-ground bed; thus the addition of the soil and building materials make it more expensive.
Garden walls, or vertical gardens, are a newer idea for gardeners. Vertical gardens are the most expensive option of the three, but work best for horizontal space constraints that may occur if you are living in the city. Look for a company that makes and installs vertical beds, such as Wall Garden and Vertical Gardens Australia.
Pick your soil
When picking your soil, there are a number of factors to consider. Consider the following questions when going to pick your soil:
Do you prefer organic or conventional soil?
How much soil can you afford?
What kind of soil is best for the vegetation you want to grow?
Do you need richer soil due to poor growing conditions?
Are you growing plants that need lighter or denser soil?
Choose your seeds
When deciding what seeds to plant you should consider seasonal vegetation, your favourite fruit and veg, and the space available. You will have the best yield when planting in season and will get the best tasting results. As well as, consider your favourite fruit and veg. When you plant your favourite fruit and veg and taste the deliciousness of home-grown food, you will be more likely to continue your garden. Finally, consider your space. If you are living in an apartment complex and doing a small garden, pumpkins might not be the best choice!
Start small and notice a difference
You will be surprised how much a small garden can produce. You’ll begin to notice how much money you are saving and find independence in not needing to rely on the mart for your fruit and veg. Go easy and start small. Before long you’ll be a master gardener with a green thumb.