Organic food gardens are quickly replacing grass as the backyard of choice, in some circles. It makes sense. After all, who wouldn't want healthy, edible crops of delicious organic vegetables growing right outside their door? Many people enjoy gardening, and it doesn't have to be a difficult hobby if you have the right knowledge. A little bit of planning goes a long way. These three planning elements will get your garden started right:
1. Pay attention to the sunlight.
- Some plants prefer full sun, while others thrive in shady conditions. Take note of the sunny and shaded areas in your garden. You will probably find that you have full sun, partial sun, and full shade in different areas.
- Spend a few days checking your backyard at regular intervals to see how many hours of sunlight each area gets. If time isn't an issue, spend a year taking note of the quality and amount of sunlight through all four seasons. This will give you the most accurate, detailed information for your own personal planting schedule.
- Drawing a diagram of your garden is an excellent idea. Laminate your diagram, and you'll be able to use it as a reference for years to come.
2. Check your soil quality.
- Soil quality has a lot to do with the texture of your soil. Is your soil heavily compacted? If so, you're probably going to need to till it. Tilling means digging into the first several feet of soil to loosen it up and promote aeration.
- Soil composition is another important factor; your garden may range from very clay-heavy, nutrient dense soil to sandy soil. Very rich, heavy soil has a high nutrient content but poor drainage, which can lead to root rot. Mixing sand into the soil will improve drainage while making it easier for plants to develop extensive root systems, according to SF Gate.
- Tilling and mixing sand into your garden can be a big job, so don't be afraid to call in landscaping professionals. They'll be able to advise you on the best ratio of sand to soil and do the heavy lifting for you.
3. Don't forget the mulch.
- Now you're ready to begin planting. Pay attention to recommended planting times for the various crops that you choose and plant accordingly. Be sure to mulch around your seedlings once they sprout. Old newspapers, dead leaves, and wood chips all make excellent mulch.
- Mulch acts as a barrier that prevents some water evaporation. Your garden will be more water-efficient, and you'll consequently spend less money on your water bill.
- Soil with a higher sand content tends to rise to hotter temperatures. Mulch can help regulate soil temperatures by providing a thick, damp layer of insulation for the topsoil.
Now that you've figured out the logistics of your garden, you're ready to start planting. By planning wisely and following these three simple suggestions, you'll be eating fresh vegetables from your own organic garden before you know it. Contact Burien Bark LLC for more information.