As the cold winter months will soon give way to the warm, earthen scent of spring, it is time to begin planning for a thriving garden. When beginning the planning process for your garden, it will be important to consider several important factors including soil health and plant diversity. Here are some tips for growing a beautiful, bountiful garden this summer!
Consider the Importance of Soil
While the quality of soil can be easy to overlook, it is of chief importance in ensuring a successful outcome for your planting season. It will be important to cater to your soil, adding nutrients that will be essential improving the quality of soil as to ensure a bountiful harvest. Additionally, you can prep your soil all year long through the earth friendly habit of composting. Instead of filling your garbage can full of coffee grounds, excess food, leftovers, tea bags, etc. consider making them work to your advantage. Instead of wasting excess food, repurpose it in a way to replenishes your soil making it nutrient rich and perfect for planting.
Let Nature Work for You
It is commonly known that butterflies, bees, and other pollinating insects/ animals are crucial to the continuation of our food supply, as well as other beautiful plants such as flowers. In order to ensure you vegetable and/or flower garden thrive this year, add in plants that naturally attract these important pollinators. A great option is native plants and flowers. Choose options that fit with your image for your garden.
Don’t Forget the Water
Be sure to allow adequate room to run an irrigation system for your vegetable garden, cutting back on time and ensuring your plants receive regular watering and don’t dry up even on the hottest of days. For those wishing to forego vegetables for beautiful flower gardens, don’t forget to include a water feature. This can add appeal and beauty, in addition to your flowers. It can also provide a water source for birds and other pollinating creatures. Remember no pollination equals no garden.
Try an Eclectic Mix
It can be beneficial to plant flowers amidst your vegetable garden. While this might seem a strange suggestion, it allows your garden increased beauty and makes the most of limited garden space. Going back to those pollinators, mixed gardens provide an attractive climate for various pollinators, helping to increase the healthiness of your garden.
There is nothing better than what nature has already provided. Be sure to utilize the protection of mulch, preferably a natural option such as wood chips. This can significantly cut back on time spent weeding, increase the health of your soil, and even cut back on the need for watering. In the many dry climates across the nation, this is a win for everyone.