Preparing your Garden Bed

Starting a new bed or gardening for the first time the same rules apply.

Are you thinking of doing some gardening? Don’t know where to start? Well lets look at it!

No matter if you are thinking of putting in a flower bed, landscaping around the house, adding a veggie plot, or herb garden, or just planting in pots. There are some basic questions you need to ask. How much sun will the spot get? Generally, if the spot gets morning sun until 11 am, it is part sunny. If the spot gets full sun from 11am to 3pm it is full sun, and if it gets sun from 3pm on, again, its part sun. For veggie and herb gardens you will require a full sun position. This will be helpful when you are choosing plants to put in your new bed. Take the time to grid out or plot your beds on paper. This is where you can change thing easily.

If you are planting a veggie garden remember to plant the tallest veggies where they will not shadow the smaller ones. Most veggies require full sun, leafy greens will take part sun.

The next thing you want to look at is what the overall size the plant will become. Never plant your plants within 3 feet from the foundation, as this area is always dry and the plants will suffer. The size of the plant will tell you the distance to leave from the house and the next plant. Don’t over crowd the plants they will grow and fill in the space.

Think about the color of the back drop, the house color, shed color, etc. You want to choose plants that complement each other and that stand out. Always choose a mixture of Broad-leaf evergreens, shrubs, and evergreens so you can see the difference in colors and textures. This also gives you year round interest.

When going to a garden center, print off photos of the area, this is a great tool to help choose plants and to draw in place where you will plant when you get home. When you do get home place the plants in their pots, stand back and have a good look. Is this where you want that plant? Do you like the color combination? Now is the time to switch things around, it is a lot less stressful on you and the plant.

Always dig the hole twice as round as the container your plant is in, and just a little deeper. Always take the pot off, and very gently loosen up the roots a little. Always plant the plant the same depth as it was in the pot, this if very important. Once you are done planting and you level the bed nicely, then give the new bed a really good watering. This is done by putting a sprinkle on for at least 25 minutes. The water needs to get down below the root ball, usually at least 12 ‘’ deep. Now is a great time to put your mulch down. Again rake it smooth and your bed is done. At least once a week or twice a week in hot weather you will need to water the bed. This needs to be done for the entire first year of planting in dry periods. Sit back and enjoy you new landscaping.


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