During spring, growing and digging is a good time. For summer, gardeners go on weeding, watering, and observing the plants to mature. And throughout fall, planting trees, bulbs, shrubs, and perennials is a good idea.
- Think. Decide what type of garden you want to have
You may want to have a garden with vegetables, herbs, or even flowers. What I can advise is, start with a small one. Seeing small and successful results is better than failed outcomes or nothing at all.
- Choose an area
Observe how the sun moves on your selected place. Most plants require six hours of full sun every day. But don’t worry if your area doesn’t receive much from the sun because plants can stand shades.
Better yet, try converting your loft. Lots of gardening enthusiasts convert their lofts to balcony gardens (see loft conversions in Clapham). Check with someone who knows gardening about how much sun your plants need. Also, choose a convenient place for a garden.
- Enrich the soil
Remove the sod on the areas you want to plant. You can smother it with at least five layers of newspaper together with a 3-inch layer of compost. Afterwards, the soil will need an additional 3-inch layer of compost (e.g. old manure) for a boost. Just leave the organic matter for a few months and it will do its job in the soil.
If you want to dig it instead of smothering, you can. Just remember that the soil should be dug when it’s not too wet and not too dry or else, you’ll ruin its structure. You can also use a spading fork to mix the soil and organic matter gently.
If you already have a garden, follow our tips on reducing maintenance.
- Choose a plant
Pick plants that will go well with your soil, your climate, and the sunlight they may receive from your garden. Some plants can be sensitive towards the temperature. So it is best to consult with a local garden near you to have a list of recommended dates for planting (e.g. summer, mid-autumn, etc.).
You can get your plants by purchasing them online or buying a young plant and putting it in the ground. You can also have plants from easy to grow seeds, which you can simply place on a sunny window side. Here are some plants for beginners.
Annual – marigolds, cosmos, sunflowers
Perennials – daylilies, pansies, coneflowers
Vegetables – cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes
- Water and mulch
Never leave your plants to dry out. Water them daily or every other day, depending on your plant, while they are still young and starting to grow. If your plants have started growing, you can water them depending on your climate (i.e. humid), on the structure of your soil, and on the rain. It is recommended to water your plants during early morning to avoid the water from evaporating and to water them slowly so the water can sip in properly to the soil.
Cover your soil with organic matter or mulch to avoid weeds from growing and for water to soak in. this may vary depending on what type of garden you have. You may use easy to decompose mulches for annual gardens and long-lasting mulch for perennials.
When your garden starts to develop, just keep on maintaining the water and managing weeds. Using fertilisers can also help around halfway the season. And as you watch your plants grow magnificently, don’t forget to enjoy and seize every moment.