Starting a garden can sound like a daunting task- but there are certain tips and tricks that will help you plant a garden and keep it healthy and alive for years to come! Here are some helpful answers to the most common questions people ask when starting a garden:
The cost to start a garden will depend on what type of garden you’re building and what materials you want to use. If you are looking to start gardening as a hobby, you can start a reliable flower or vegetable garden for 50-100$, or even less if you’re using recycled materials. The main costs are seeds, soil, and containers- however, there are always options that vary in price!
The best time to plant your garden, especially if it is a flower garden, is in the mid-spring. Around mid-October to November is when the soil is beginning to warm up and is the best time to encourage seeds to take root and grow. You can also lookup the specific plants you want to grow in your garden to see if there are different planting times.
The most popular flower in Australia is, unsurprisingly, also the national flower, the golden wattle. These flowers are special because they grow quite quickly and adapt very well to different environments, making them an excellent flower for beginners to grow in their gardens! There are also different varieties of the wattle that come in many different colors; which can be planted to make beautiful and attractive displays in your garden.
There are many ways to help keep your garden healthy; but important things to remember are; regular watering schedules (early morning is best), keeping soil nutritious (you can use compost to help this!), and keeping an eye on bugs that might be harming your plants. A healthy garden is also one that is tended to regularly, make sure you’re checking up on your plants often!
Keeping your garden alive can seem complicated at first, but there are definitely simple things you can do to keep it going. Using the correct fertilizer and ensuring your garden is free of weeds are two of the best ways to make sure your plants will have enough space and nutrients to grow. It might also be helpful to surround your plants in mulch; this prevents invasive species from growing and keeps the moisture in towards the plant so it will get more water.
Gardens can be an excellent way to recycle materials and produce things that you would otherwise buy, not to mention creating a more eco-friendly space! One example is that you can use compost to help feed your garden, reducing a significant amount of household waste. Also, water your plants by hand rather than using automatic sprinklers; this will cut down on water usage and prevent wasting fresh water.