As the previous article teaches you how to prepare for a garden, here we will teach you how to plant your desired flower, herbs, or vegetables in your garden.
Buy the needed gardening supplies. Gather the following supplies:
- Seeds or young plants. Choose a plant that can adapt to your climate, your soil, and the amount of sunlight in your garden. You can start your garden from seeds or young sprouted. Here are some easy to grow plants for beginners:
- Cosmos, Marigold, impatiens, geraniums, Calendula, sunflowers and zinnias are annual plants.
- Russian sage, lamb’s ears, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, phlox, pansies, and Daylilies are perennial plants.
- Lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers for vegetable plants.
- Soil fertilizers and topsoil help plants grow healthy and a layer of topsoil can be an extra protection.
- Mulch, to help keep the weeds out and water in, cover the soil with a couple of inches of a mulch.
- Compost to improve the moisture retention, to buffer the pH and provide micronutrients to the plants.
- A shovel and a spade for digging proper sizes for the holes of the seeds and young plants.
Prepare the soil. With a depth of 12 inches, make sure it is loose and does not have large clumps. Remove rocks, roots, and other solid objects from the garden bed then fertilize it and work in compost to prepare it for the plants. The growth of the plants depend on the quality of the dirt, test the soil for its pH. Make sure not to put too much fertilizer, it can be toxic to the plants.
Plant the seeds according to the garden plan you have made. Use the spade to dig holes, give space a few inches apart and make sure that the holes are deep and wide enough as it needs to be. Fertilize the plant as necessary, there are plants that need to be fertilized after planting and some may need more fertilizers than the others. Add compost, mulch, and topsoil when necessary, to protect them, be careful some mulch are not appropriate for some plants. Also, layers that are too thick can inhibit the growth of the plants
After planting and treating the soil, water the garden. Dampen the garden thoroughly with your sprinkler. Water the garden every day, do not over saturate the soil. The seeds might drown and can prevent the plants from growing. Watering once a day may be sufficient, do not let the soil completely dry out. When the plant has sprouted, water in the morning to avoid the production of mold and plant disease.
Remove the weeds from the garden, sprouting weeds can inhibit the growth of the plants by taking the nutrients from the soil. Stirrup hoe can help remove weeds, run the hoe along the soil beside the plants.
Keep it up! Your beautiful and healthy garden is on its way. Keep watering them when needed, keep their surroundings tidy, pull weeds before they get big.