The essential things that you need to do to start your garden
Although I’ve been gardening for many years, I’m still constantly learning what works best and what to avoid when planning a new garden. As the seasons change, my garden’s needs also change—sometimes dramatically. When planning your garden, keep in mind these nine essential things that you need to do to get it off the ground:
- Prepare the soil. If you’ve never gardened before, or if you’re starting from scratch for the first time, take a look at some of my blog posts about preparing your soil and choosing plants that are suited for each region of North America.
- Plants in your area will vary greatly and may be different from those suggested here (or they might even be entirely different). The most important thing is to identify areas where you’d like to grow plants and then learn more about them with the help of this site (the Garden Guides). Another really useful gardening tool is The Landscape Store’s Plant Finder, which can tell you exactly which fertilizer would work best on soil conditions where specific plants will grow; it can even tell you how much fertilizer is needed based on weight.
- Plan out where you want your flowers to go monthly via Google Calendar (if it’s not already there) or with a planner such as an Excel spreadsheet if you don’t have access to Google Calendar. You can create templates for each season so that things like cutting down some shrubs for fall blooms doesn’t result in forgetting about May flowers next year!
- Choose what tools you’ll need and how much space they’ll take up. For example: A hoe takes up less space than a rake but more than a shovel . A shovel takes up more space than both but less than rakes or hoes . Shovels are good because they make it easy to move soil around whereas rakes require bending over or kneeling down which is difficult for some people . If space is tight, consider renting out tools rather than buying them —you can usually do this with Amazon
the basics of planting seeds and plants
There are a few key things to keep in mind when starting a garden. If you’re just starting out, you might need a bit of help when it comes to choosing seeds and figuring out how to get them into the ground. It’s also important that you know how much water they need and when, lest your plants wither away in the sun. Ridding your garden of weeds can be tricky, but with the right tools and approach, it’s not as big of a hassle as some make it out to be. These are all tips for newbies; people who already have green thumbs will already understand most of them.
The first thing you’ll want to consider is which type of seed or plant you want to purchase from the store or find in your backyard/neighborhood/whathaveyou. There are tons of options for seeds and plants for various purposes: flowers (including roses), plants (like tomatoes), herbs, etc. You’ll have to decide what type is best for what you eventually want from your garden – if nothing else get an herb garden going! Once you’ve decided that, find some where online or in person that sells them (it’s easier than buying individual packets).
Next comes the main event: planting! Make sure the soil is nice and loose so the plant can grow roots easily; this will prevent any problems later on down the road like stunted growth due to bad planting practices or root rot due to compacted soil. Dig somewhat deep holes for each plant (or seed) because they’ll need room once they start growing. Planting any deeper could hinder their growth later on as they might not be able to reach sunlight and would die by suffocation before anything else could kill them off – it may seem cruel but death by over-watering is far worse than death by under-watering! Finally, give each one a nice drink of water in order keep it healthy during its first few months of life before moving on! This last
a checklist of what you need to know to get started
To make sure your garden is a success, you need to have the right tools and know what needs to be done. Here’s a list of things you’ll need:
- Garden gloves: You’ll need these for delicate weeding, but also for avoiding cuts if you’re going to harvest any plants.
- Seeds or plants: Get some seeds or pick out some plants at the store before you start your garden. Make sure they need similar conditions—for example, don’t put beans in a spot where tomatoes have just been planted!*Fertilizer: Some plants will do fine on their own while others will require fertilizer (aka plant food) to grow well. If you can find one with both trees and flowers, that’s really good—you’ll get whatever fruit or flowers you want all year round.*Compost bin (or other organic waste receptacle): This is where organic matter can break down into compost that makes your soil better. The finished compost can be used as fertilizer for your garden!
How to find out the best type of plant for your garden and location.
If you’ve ever been stumped on what to plant in your garden, there are a few really good resources out there that can help. The first thing to do is check your climate. If you live in a rural area or your weather gets extreme, be sure to check the USDA’s hardiness zone map . This will tell you when and how cold your cool season crops can be planted. Also keep an eye out for the microclimate around your house. If you live partially underground, it might be harder for plants to get sunlight; conversely, if you have a large porch or balcony that stays shaded most of the day, it could be a great place to grow something like tomatoes. Having this knowledge will make all the difference in planning how and when to plant everything!
How to make sure that your plants get enough water.
Watering your plants is important to make sure that they grow properly. To help ensure the proper amount of water arrives at the roots, check the soil every day and add or remove water as necessary. That being said, do not over-water your plants. Over-watering can cause your soil to become loose and to dry out quickly, which can kill off root structures.
Avoid under-watering by checking the soil as often as you check it for signs of moisture. Adding several inches of water to a dry area can take weeks or even months, whereas adding just a few inches of water may not be enough to quench plant roots quickly enough before they are damaged by lack of moisture—leaving them unable to recover after the next rain.
how to prune
- It’s not just gardeners who prune. Vets also use this technique when treating animals.
- Pruning is less about aesthetics and more about health.
- Pruning allows your plant to make more foliage, which will help it grow bigger and better
how to properly plant an herb garden
I’ve been interested in growing herbs since I was a child, but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I learned how to grow them. Of course, this being the 21st century, they come in all shapes and sizes and can be grown almost anywhere. Growing your own herbs is something you really should try as soon as possible—it’s fun, fascinating, and fulfilling!
Having said that, if you’ve never gardened before or if you’re new to growing herbs indoors or outdoors (outdoors!), things may be a little bit overwhelming when you begin. That’s why I’m going to teach you some of the basics—with lots of examples showing what works best for each herb so that your garden grows sky high!
Gardening is a great activity that can help you get in touch with nature and enjoy yourself at the same time.
Gardening is a great activity that can help you get in touch with nature and enjoy yourself at the same time. Gardening is a wonderful hobby to help foster a sense of community with your neighbors and other gardeners, whether you’re planting flowers, vegetables, or fruits.There’s a lot of advice out there about gardening. How to make your garden thrive. What you need to do. And it’s all very technical.
What we’re trying to do here at Game Plans for Gardeners is make gardening fun again. We want you to get excited about what you’re growing, how to grow it, and how much it will make you smile when you see it come up.
But more than that, we want you to get your hands dirty—literally. We want you to put your hands in the dirt so that it’s stained under your fingernails for days. We want you to be able to smell the soil after a long day of work because it’s stuck in your hair and on your clothes. We want you to feel like you’re one with nature, one with the earth, and one with everything around you because of what comes from the ground each season.
And we want all of this for you because we know that, yes, there are things that need done in order for your plants to survive—but there’s no reason why those things can’t be fun too!
Gardening has long been a favorite past time of many, but it is also very hard work. You need to know what tools you should use, how much water your plants need, when the best time to plant is, and more. That’s why we created Game Plans for Gardeners: to help you make sure that all of your hard work pays off in the end.
We have researched everything from planting techniques to watering methods, and we have found some of the best tips and tricks for making sure that your garden thrives. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something here for everyone!
Hi, and welcome to Game Plans for Gardeners! I’m your host, Lilian. I’ve always been a little obsessed with plants and gardening (even when I was a kid—I’d make my own little mini-gardens in my room).
Now that I’m older, I garden as much as I can. What started out as a hobby has become a passion, and now it’s my profession.
In this blog, you’ll find all kinds of helpful tips to get started on your own garden (it’s easier than you might think!), as well as advice about what to do once you get your garden up and running. Whether you want to plant flowers or grow your own food, we can help you achieve your goals.
But here’s the thing: no two gardens are alike, just like no two people are alike. So while there are some universal truths about what makes gardens thrive (and what kills them), you have to look at your individual situation and decide what makes sense for YOU. We can offer advice—but ultimately, it’s up to you to make the right call for your garden.
Welcome to Game Plans for Gardeners. This is the place where you can get a plan for your garden and learn how to make it thrive.
We know that planning and planting a garden can feel daunting and overwhelming, but we’re here to help break it down into simple, actionable steps for you. We want your garden to feel like an achievable goal, not an impossible dream.
We’ll cover important topics such as:
-How to choose the right plants for your soil type
-How long it takes your plants to mature and bear fruit
-How much space you need for each plant (and for all your plants as a whole)
-When to start planting
-When you should harvest your plants
-And many more!
Hello, and welcome to Game Plans for Gardeners!
It’s a summery Thursday here in New York, and we’re just loving the sunshine. We hope you’re feeling it too—and if you are, that means it’s time to get out there and start planting! And we’re here to help.
If you’ve ever started a garden, you know that it can be a little overwhelming. There’s so much advice out there on what to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do it… all of which can give anyone a headache. Not only that—it can be hard to figure out which pieces of advice are good, and which are useless.
Luckily, we’ve got your back. Whether you’ve never planted anything before or you have a whole backyard full of plants, our blog will give you the tools you need to make sure your plants grow big and strong—and keep them looking good for as long as possible.
So come on back next week for our first post: “What Every Gardener Needs To Know About Sunlight”!
A big part of having a successful garden is knowing what you need to do and when you need to do it. This can be a little overwhelming, especially when you’re first starting out. That’s why we’ve made this blog: to help you understand, in plain language, what you need to do to make your garden thrive.
The posts here will cover everything from preparing the soil in the spring to pruning shrubs in the summer, and how to winterize your plants in the fall. We’ll also share our best tips for keeping pests at bay and fertilizing your plants without hurting the environment in the process.
We hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as we enjoy writing them! And feel free to contact us with any questions!
Everything you need to know about gardening from A (azaleas) to Z (zinnias).