Gardening can be tough work, and if you are just starting a garden you might be hesitant about your ability to make your garden flourish. However, if you follow a few simple steps you can have a flourishing garden in your yard in no time.
Ensure You Have Enriched Topsoil
Top soil is the topmost part of the soil in which your plants will grow, and it is important that you have the right topsoil for your plants to grow properly. Most of the nutrients that plants need come from topsoil.
If you have sandy or shale-like top soil that occurs naturally, you can purchase top soil that is enriched with proper nutrients in which to plant your garden. The pH level of the topsoil should be between 5.8 to 6.2 for best growth. If a soil is too acidic it will start to increase the concentration of metallic ions, such as aluminum and magnesium, which prevents and damages plant growth.
One of the best things that you can do to make a garden flourish is to add compost. Compost is decaying organic matter that enriches the soil around the plants. It is important that you are always creating compost in order to bring to your garden and allow it to flourish to the best of its ability. You can do this by throwing vegetable and food scraps into a bin after you are done with them, rather than into the garbage can, and then empty the bucket into your garden weekly.
Compost buckets should be kept covered, outside. When you dispose of your scraps, layer them alternating moist scraps with dry scraps. You should mix your compost every few days. When you add the compost to the garden, you should cover the compost with a layer of topsoil. This will help the compost integrate with the soil, as well as prevent bad smells from your garden.
Spreading compost over the entirety of your garden will ensure that the garden will be disease free and the compost will release micronutrients your garden desperately needs into the soil. You can create a rich and healthy garden with the application of compost.
Make sure that you are using the proper fertilizer for your garden and not just any fertilizer that you find for sale at your local hardware store. Many people opt for a cheap brand of fertilizer that simply does not fit the modus operandi of their garden. This can do one of 2 things for your garden: it can mean that your garden will not flourish and yield bountiful crops like it should or, even worse, it can spell certain doom for your garden by killing off the entirety of your crops by introducing an imbalance of nutrients the plants do need to grow.
Different plants require different types of fertilizer. For example, vegetable gardens should use fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, as vegetables require the highest amount of these nutrients to flourish.
Watering your plants seems like a no-brainer, but many people do not adequately or properly water the plants in their garden. Both over watering and under watering your plants is a big no no for people that are wishing to jump into the garden game and are both mistakes that beginners are prone to find themselves engaged with. There are numerous things that you should take into account before watering your plants.
First and foremost, realize that not all plants require the same amount of water. Secondly, take into account how much water they've been receiving from rain and make sure not to overwater them. You should water your garden and plants either early in the morning or after the sun has fallen to prevent evaporation and ensure that the water gets to the plants properly.
Use the Proper Tools
Although this might seem counter intuitive, you should take into account the fact that you don't want to use all of the tools in the shed when working on your garden. Depending on what type of garden you're trying to get to flourish, some of those tools are best left on the shelf. Rather, you should discover what sort of tools work best with whatever type of soil you're working with and whatever types of plants you're working with or around. For example, as a general rule of thumb, long handled tools work best for large, open spaced gardens, while short handled tools work better in cramped, smaller gardens.
Getting your garden to properly flourish is not the easiest phenomenon in the world, but hopefully these tips can help make your garden the best it can possibly be.