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Gardening: From Novice to Knowledgable

Posted by Kayla Lisac

Jun 2, 2015


“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” -Alfred Austin

Having a garden in your yard is both aesthetically pleasing and personally fulfilling. You are given the chance to work with the land and learn specifically what it needs for life. Any yard is the perfect space for a garden, you just need to take the preliminary steps to go from Novice to Knowledgeable.

Start your garden by picking the right spot. Survey your yard for amounts of sun exposure, access to water, and overall practicality. If there is a spot in your yard that could use some sprucing, make sure that it will also be sustainable to planting new life.

Once your spot is chosen, be sure that your soil will also be supportive. You may need to add new mulch to the area if it has not had much attention in the past. Once you pick your plants, you will better be able to prepare for their specific needs. Overall, soil should be a top priority when preparing for your new garden.

Of course, you are going to need plants. When choosing plants to add to your garden, be sure to do the appropriate research. Time and space should be a top concern. You are the only person who will know how much time you are willing to put into your new garden, so understanding the specific daily maintenance needed for basic plant upkeep will be a concern. Also pay great attention to space. How large are the plants going to grow? Be sure that you have the correct amount of space for the future needs of your garden. Overpopulation of your area can lead to garden demise, so choose wisely!

A favorite for many gardeners is planning the design of the new space. There are some gardening rules of thumb, but you have the freedom to do whatever you would like with your space. A basic rule that many seasoned gardeners stick with is to plant in threes. Choose three of each type of flower, bush, shrub, or tree. Another tip is to have a garden theme. Choose your plants by color, type, size, or overall appearance. Sticking with a theme will help your preparation, planting, and future maintenance be easier overall.

When you are purchasing your new gardening tools, don’t go overboard from the start. As you start, you will get to know the tools that you prefer working with. You will find yourself reaching for the same tool again and again. Choosing the more expensive tools may help them to last longer, but we suggest that you hold off on any major purchases until you get a better lay of the land (literally).

Finally, you will have to upkeep your garden maintenance. A garden requires a lot of regular work. Before taking on this project, be sure that you have the time and motivation to work on it daily or a few times a week. You will get a grasp of what your plants need for attention as they begin to grow so you can adjust your upkeep schedule accordingly.

A garden is a great addition to any home exterior. Adding new flowers, shrubs, trees, and plants will increase the curb appeal of your home while also giving you a project to be proud of. If you are ready for a larger home exterior update, let us know! Peninsula Siding Company wants to make every home exterior shine at its brightest.

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