Gardening isn’t a difficult pursuit to get into, but it does take some research and a lot of dedication. You will find that any outdoor space, no matter how big or small, can easily be transformed into a beautiful and worthy garden.
We want to be sure that you are properly equipped and educated before you begin your gardening adventure. This is going to be one of the most rewarding experiences you could embark on, and we are so happy that you are helping the environment flourish!
Where Do I Even Start?
Gardening begins with the planting of seeds, which must be done according to their hardiness rating. What is a seed’s hardiness, you may ask? This is how likely a plant seed is to survive and thrive within its conditions. To ensure that your seed makes it through its germination and into a strong brush, flower, vegetable, or fruit, you must plant it in the appropriate zone.
This appropriateness mainly takes temperature into account. So, for example, corn is best planted in a temperature of 55 degrees, and its germination takes off the best at a temperature of 95 degrees. Corn is, however, a very hardy plant that can grow almost anywhere in America that isn’t severely cold.
We are lucky to have so many states with mostly fine weather, but it still helps to do your homework so that your harvest is abundant and healthy.
Understanding My Soil
Once you successfully establish a collection of seeds hardy enough to thrive in your environment, it is time to consider your soil. There are three main types of soil: loam, clay, and sand.
Loam is the perfect kind of soil to garden with as it is made up of clay, silt, sand, as well as all manner of organic matter. Loam holds a large collection of nutrients essential for plant growth and the right level of water.
Clay, on the other hand, is more difficult to garden with as it drains water over a long period of time and takes a while to warm up during springtime. It is also very alkaline. Then there is sand, which we really do not advise gardening in at all as it takes a lot of watering, can easily be blown away by the sand and is prone to erosion.
How Do I Test My Soil?
Now that we have identified what kind of soil you have at home, it’s time to take your investigation a step further with some soil tests. This is best done prior to planting during springtime, as well as following a harvest during fall.
There are plenty of soil tests to be bought at hardware or gardening stores, which will establish whether your soil has all the necessary minerals needed for healthy plant growth. You can also take your soil testing a step further by sending a sample to a proper lab, where the experts will be able to give you a thoroughly detailed analysis.