Growing a home garden creates beauty, oxygen and most importantly great food for our families to enjoy. If you’re looking to get more from your home garden, here are four easy ways to improve your garden and become more of a green thumb.
A Good Foundation For Your Garden
Good soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. By using quality soil, you can give your garden the best start possible. Adding a variety of organic matter to soil will give plants a happy home to grow in.
Add two to three inches of organic matter to your garden bed at the beginning of each season. Compost, dried leaves, grass clipping and dry manure are all good organic materials to use in your garden.
Manure provides nitrogen, which is a great contributor to soil aeration and composting efforts. Being so far along in the decomposing process, the nutrients in manure are readily available for plants.
Fresh manure, however, is more likely to leach out of the soil into groundwater and streams (where the nutrients it provides can become pollutants).
Design Fundamentals To Achieve Harmony And Flow
Although the design and layout of your garden is a matter of personal taste and preference, there are some fundamental principles for creating a well laid out and harmonious garden.
Balance and proportion establish the basic structure of a garden. Order is obtained through symmetry, repetition of plants, and colors or thoughtful contrast. This will create a garden space that is both balanced and proportioned.
Harmony and unity is achieved when different aspects of your garden work together as a whole. Prevent the eye from making sudden stops with good flow and transition in your garden. Gradual changes in height and color create the illusion of a larger space, and will make for a full and finished look in your garden.
Variety Is Important And Maintenance A Must
Having a good combination in your garden of different types of food-producing plants is very important. Plants that require little maintenance and come back each year will take some of the pressure off when it comes to seasonal changes and garden preparation.
With more time to focus on your vegetable garden, you’ll yield a bigger reward for your gardening efforts. Water features and other structural focal points work in much the same way; they provide your outdoor space with added beauty and appeal that is easy to maintain throughout the year.
Don’t Be Bothered By Pests And Bugs
Although people have differing opinions on pests, at home a greener more organic garden is always a healthier garden. Harsh pest control products are not what you want to consume and they can even hurt wildlife and pollute groundwater.
You may be solving one problem, but using chemical pesticides contributes to another. There are many ways to keep pests under control without chemical products.
With so many easy to make homemade pesticides to discover, gardeners can ditch the chemical alternative without sacrificing quality. There are also plants such as marigolds that can be incorporated into your garden that deter pests.
A garden is a labor of love that creates a welcoming outdoor space and wonderful food that your family can enjoy. Growing your own food is a very rewarding experience and it will also help you and your family to eat better.
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