April is National Garden Month. Learn how to make the most out of your garden, whether you grow vegetables or flowers. We have simple tips to help your garden grow.
It’s April, and that means it’s officially National Garden Month. So naturally, we thought it would be appropriate to shed a little light (pun intended) on the topic.
Adding a garden to your home doesn’t just improve the aesthetics of your yard; it also increases your home’s property value. Whether you’re wanting to go all out with a vegetable garden or to simply add a little curb appeal with some colorful flowers, find out what you need to know about designing the perfect garden — and how to make the most of your garden, for that matter — this month.
Getting Started: Garden Design Ideas
First rule of green thumb: Make a plan. Fruits or vegetables. Flowers or shrubs. Regardless of what you grow, a successful garden starts with a design plan.
- Build raised beds. One of the best vegetable gardening tips for beginners is to consider creating a raised-bed garden. You don’t have to struggle with your home’s existing soil. Watering and harvesting are more efficient, and you don’t have to waste as much time battling weeds.
- Consider containers. If you would rather start on a smaller scale, take advantage of the flexibility that comes with container planting, including hanging baskets and upside-down planters. The only catch? They require more watering and fertilizing than in-ground gardens.
- Plan around growing habits. Base your garden’s design on the growing habits of the plants you choose. For example, if you want to plant something that spreads (like cucumbers), avoid planting it in an area where it may hinder the growth of other plants.
Small Garden Ideas
- Reach for the sky. Literally. The sky is the limit when it comes to a shortage on outdoor space. Take advantage of tall trees and mix fixtures, like trellises and arches, with climbing plants.
- Use tiered planters. Add depth, as well as a unique touch, to your garden by including tiered planters. Let your creativity show; there are no rules when it comes to what the planters look like.
- Incorporate mirrors. Create the illusion of a larger space with a few strategically placed mirrors.
Keeping it Going: Tips for Gardening at Home
Once you’ve successfully designed your garden and started reaping the benefits — whether in the form of a relaxing backyard oasis or food that you feel good about feeding your family — it’s time to ensure the benefits keep coming. Consider these tips:
- Practice succession planting. Yield three or even four crops from a single area by planting different fast-maturing transplants — plants that are already a month or so old — after each harvest. Simply add one-fourth to one-half an inch of compost to the soil each time you replant. This is especially beneficial when you’re short on garden space.
- Extend your growing season. Stretch out the end of the season by a few weeks (or get an early start next year) by keeping the air around your plants warm.
- Don’t be afraid of change. The beauty of gardening is that the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your garden’s design or switch your plants up occasionally.
Knowing how to design the perfect garden is the first step. Then it’s all about knowing how to make the most of your garden. Want to go a step further and keep the spirit of National Garden Month alive for the rest of the year? Get fall gardening advice worth cultivating and full-proof tips for growing your best winter garden.
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