First-time Gardener? Know When to Start

First-time Gardener? Know When to Start

Thinking of starting your own garden?

Nice idea.

Gardening is fun. It makes you happy. And not to forget, healthy. Anyone can be good at gardening. It’s not rocket science. You just need to be a little patient. A little bit of dedication in your green-field can do wonders. And seeing something grow from nothing, it’s a whole different feeling.

But gardening can sometimes be a little confusing for first-timers. Their mind is filled with a lot of questions. Like what to grow and how to grow.

And one very important question that might hit their minds is what is the best time to start your garden?

A lot of newbies think that the growing season is not making its way till April or May. But that’s not hundred percent true. In fact, you should start planting seeds right now. Start the right crops now, you may expect to harvest your own veggies by April or May.

Did you notice, I said “right” crops. 

Yes. There are a number of crops that grow better in the cool late winters and early spring. And here I am gonna tell you what plants will be the correct choice to start your first garden this season.

The Right Plants

Who doesn’t love the cool energizing breeze of early spring? Even your plants love those. Which plant? Glad you asked!

Here’s the list of the plants which can easily tolerate the cool, and sometimes freezing, conditions of the late winters and early spring.

  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Leeks
  • Peas
  • Spinach

Well, that’s an interesting list. Isn’t it? So, why don’t you give some of them a try this early spring?

When to start the Gardening?

Well, the best time to start your garden is, obviously, now. But for exact planting recommendations, check out this planting calendar. This will provide you with the best recommendations according to the area in which you live.

Now, to be more precise, your soil is ready for the plants once you don’t find ice crystals in it. Also, do check and make sure it crumbles easily. If the soil is too wet, it compacts easily which may reduce the necessary soil aeration. 

Also, for a good harvest, you may plant a variety of seeds, all having a different maturation period. And as I previously mentioned, most of these crops can handle light colds. So, a few touches of frost won’t be a big problem for your spring garden.

Tips to Grow a Healthy Spring Garden

It’s really exciting to start your own first garden. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Don’t worry. I’m here to help you out. Just follow these tips, and you will be having your own freshly grown salad this summer.

  1. Pre-Plan Everything

It’s always a better idea to plan things beforehand. It will not only save you time but also your efforts will be halved. What will be your plant arrangement? How much sun exposure is required for your plant? And most important, what would you like to eat? All these things should be taken care of in the pre-planning stage only.

  1. Cleaning and Pruning is necessary

There are pretty good chances that your garden is full of debris due to the fall and cold winter season. Clean out the leftover snow or ice, dead leaves etc. This will help bring the required light and air to the soil.

Also, Pruning is very beneficial for your new garden. In fact, it is necessary to encourage the plants to grow and keep them healthy. And one more thing, it also makes your garden look much more beautiful and organized.

  1. Control the Slug

Wet weather is a prominent part of the spring season. And in many areas, heavy slug emerges due to springtime rains. If the slug is a problem for you too, regularly check your small seedlings for damage. Also, take out the pest, as it emerges.

  1. Get a head start

Getting a head-start might be useful for you if you are planning to grow some heat-loving plants. You can consider growing them in a tray in a closed environment. Place them under the grow light or near a sunny window, if possible, as the shoots come out.

  1. Protect your garden from late frosts

As discussed earlier, many plants won’t have any problem with a little bit of frost. But it’s always a good idea to take precautions. If the weather forecast is expecting a hard frost, cover your seedlings with a garden cloche or some type of blanket. This will protect your plants from the severe effects of the cold condition.

Clear with all the tips? Let’s get to the action then. 

And don’t forget you share your first time gardening experience with me. I would love to hear.

Nathaniel Garrett

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