This is the time of year that people are getting outdoors, and many are opting to plant a good garden to get the season started. However, without research and proper preparation, you’re likely to lose your plants and vegetables, not to mention your time and money. Planting a garden and creating a garden bed for your crops don’t have to be a huge hassle or an ordeal at all.
Find Your Spot
The first and most important thing you will do is locate a good spot for your garden. You’ll want to pick a size appropriate plot for the plants you’re interested in harvesting and make sure that the sun exposure is long enough for those crops. Spend a couple of weeks noting the sun at different times of day and how long it shines in that spot. Keep in mind the sun will change location in the sky throughout the year. In addition, watch how water drains around your spot. Is there any pooling water after rainfall? Be sure that you don’t put your garden in an overly moist area.
Elevate Your Surface with Mulch
For drainage purposes, the first thing you’ll want to do once you have a spot for your garden bed is laying a couple of inches of mulch. This will elevate and level your garden, promoting healthy drainage and keeping water from pooling unevenly in areas.
Lay Several Inches of Garden Soil
Nine times out of ten, the soil in our backyards isn’t conducive to growing good gardens. Plan to go to your local hardware store and to invest in some garden soil to place. You’ll want to lay several thick inches; the ratio per square foot should be listed on the back of your bag of soil, so simply follow instructions.
Create a Barrier for Animals and Pests
Perhaps the most annoying part of planting a garden for many is dealing with the hassle of keeping animals and pests out. Elevating your garden with mulch will help with some of the little pests, and boarding the base will also help with that. If you live in an area infested with deer or larger animals, consider putting up a fence that’s tall enough to keep intruders out of your plants.
Throw Down a Little Hay
The last thing you’ll want to do before you sit back and watch your veggies and plants grow is to scatter a little hay on top of the seed you throw and whatever you plant. Hay will keep the water in the garden from evaporating too quickly and will keep the ground moist for longer between rains and waterings.