Just like most things in life, planning your beautiful garden always contributes to higher success rates. All that’s needed is a bit of preparation and know-how to ensure you get to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
If you’re new to gardening, it’s wise to start small with a raised bed or a container-style garden. While it might feel like a pint-size project, these configurations provide ample space to grow flowers, fruits, herbs, and vegetables, building your experience and confidence to develop more extensive gardens next year.
According to Garden.org, the frost-free growing season begins on May 4, runs for 152 days, and ends on October 3. Depending on the plants you choose, it’s essential to begin your planting schedule accordingly.
For best results, some seeds must get started indoors first, while other plant varieties thrive when grown outdoors directly from the seeds.
Another viable option is to purchase plant starters from your favorite garden center at the beginning of the growing season to jumpstart your garden.
Choosing Well Suited Plants For Beautiful Garden
By following planting guidelines and choosing plants suitable for growing in Zone 5B, you’re setting yourself up for great success.
Before shopping, consider what you want to accomplish. Do you want to add splashes of color around your entrance doors? Or, do you want to move towards more sustainable living by planting an urban garden?
Whatever you decide, all plants need to get enough sun. When planning your gardens, some plants need more sun than others, so refer to your planting instructions first! Gardens in locations facing west, south, and east support most blooming plants. Gardens that face north are ideal for shade-loving plants. Once you’ve confirmed your garden area gets enough sun to support the plants you want to grow, the next step is preparing the space.
For raised gardens, you’ll need to assemble the containers for installation. If container gardening, you’ll need to be sure your containers are ready for planting. When gardening directly on topsoil ground cover, you’ll need to work the land. Once these essential first steps get completed, you’ll need to prepare a nutrient-rich soil mix to provide needed minerals and vitamins for growing during vegetative and flowering growth phases.
It’s worth noting that gardening can be a time-consuming but rewarding and enriching hobby. It’s ideal for retirees or families with young children to help with tasks like weeding, feeding and caring for the plants. Depending on the size and setup of your garden, you’ll need to set aside several hours to keep everything tidy and weed-free.
Professional Landscaping Offers An Alternative
Undoubtedly, starting and maintaining a garden requires a significant amount of work.
For those who aren’t interested in keeping a garden, hiring a professional landscaper offers an alternative for beautifying your property without all the sweat equity. I hope that you found these tips for growing a beautiful garden helpful.
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