The Most Beneficial Ways To Plant A Garden
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Planting a garden is something a lot of homeowners consider in their lifetime. It’s the perfect way to craft your own little slice of green paradise out there, and lead the climate change fight from the comfort of your own home!
But if you’ve not got any gardening experience, the whole prospect can feel daunting. After all, we’re not all born with green fingers! Here are some ideas to make sure you grab your gardening gloves and get stuck in!
Using a No Dig System
Digging can be quite an exhausting activity, and if you’re a beginner gardener, you’re probably dreading the thought of putting your arms to use that much! However, a no dig system of gardening can put those worries to bed, literally.
Buy some narrow planting beds, or make your own, and make good use of mulch and general garden waste plus clippings to help keep the ground soil moist and compact. Put another layer of soil on the top, and then voila, you have a raised bed that involved no digging whatsoever. All you have to do now is water it religiously, and that’s not too much trouble for someone who’s getting to know their garden.
A Septic System
If you’ve bought a new house, something to be aware of is your drains and plumbing. Not all houses are attached to mains sewerage and you might find you’re on a septic tank system – which could actually be gold dust for your garden!
If you feel like you couldn’t keep up with the maintenance needs of a garden, companies like Tanks For Everything will allow you to invest in your own tank, to make sure your waste can be put to good use in your garden. You could rig up a system that takes care of the wildlife out there for you!
Now that you’ve done a bit of research into planting beneficially, how do you feel about making up your own garden? It doesn’t have to be as hard as you first thought! So get out there and put your gloves on.
While it can be tempting to rush off to the garden nursery and buy a load of plants, the best thing to do is observe what thrives in your neighbourhood and opt for native plants. You could even wait a year to see what happens on your plot: does the soil dry out quickly or become water logged? Do you get harsh winds or direct sunlight? Are there certain plants that take over and others that only just survive? Planting WITH nature, rather than against it can mean the difference between something you love to do and a big chore!
I’m a great reuser and recycler and there’s no easier place to repurpose things than in the garden. Old cardboard toilet roll inners make fantastic biodegradable seedling pots. Yogurt pots can be cut into strips for plant labels. An old water bottle can have holes punched in the lid to make a mini watering can. Larger water bottles can be cut and used as a mini cloche to keep seedlings warm. And of course, don’t forget to leave room in your garden for a compost heap and save seeds too!
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