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What you need to start your garden

You have some space around your home and you like the idea of being able to enjoy your own garden but don’t know where to start. Don’t worry, getting a garden off the ground is easier that you might think, and spring is a great time to plant. A garden will give you something to do all year round. You will enjoy the flowers and food you grow and the wildlife they bring into your garden. We can’t do enough today to help protect our bees, and they have such an important role to play in nature and the business of cross-pollination. Who knows, with the right plants to attract them, you may fancy a hive or two, all that honey! Here are a few tips for you to follow to get your garden started.


Getting things to grow.

Starting with plants that grow well in the part of Australia in which you live will give you a solid foundation. Soil is very important and different types of soil are suited to certain types of plants and shrubs. Not all patches of ground are suitable for growing things and you might first have to dig out a patch and import some soil. Providing you plant in the right soil, what you plant will take root. You can give this process a helping hand by enriching the soil with fertiliser, siting the plants in a part of your garden that guarantees enough sunlight and watering regularly.



Think about what you want to grow.


Do you want dazzling visual displays of colour, are you attempting to create a fragrant garden or do you want a mixture of both? These are basic questions to ask yourself. Some plants, annuals, bloom early and last through the summer months right through into Autumn These are called annuals. Alternatively, perennial plantings bloom for a short season each year.



Where do you source plants from?


How often have you seen signs for bedding plants? Using bedding plants is a great way to get your garden started. You can buy them in an early stage of development at garden centres and nurseries. You plant them in your new garden and you have something to look at immediately that will only get bigger and more visually pleasing. You can of course grow plants and herbs from seeds, but that takes longer for something to happen.



Putting in your plants,


Take you trowel and dig a hole where you want you plants to be. The hole needs to be about twice the size of the container it came in. Put the plant in the hole, replace the soil around it, give it some water and move on to the next one. Leave a space between plants as directed by the instructions, usually this is at least another plant width.





Once bedded in your plants will need watering on a regular basis; use a watering can or hose pipe to do this. Putting mulch around your plants (and there are lots of different types to choose from so get some advice from your garden centre about what is best to use in the state in which you live) isn’t just aesthetically pleasing it has an important practical application in keeping down weeds and ensuring the soil has enough oxygen. Fertilising your plants from time to time also helps them flourish.



Keep a gardening diary.


Getting your garden started isn’t difficult, but you will have a greater degree of success if you plan what you are doing, set up schedules for yourself for watering, adding mulch, establishing a fertilizing routine. Keeping a diary is something many gardeners do. Recording what you do when will provide you with a great insight into what works well and what you might expect to see the following year. You can also draw little diagrams of what you have planted where, recording the names of the plants and herbs and the colours you are expecting to see. Overtime your diary or journal will build into a fantastic resource and in a few years’ time when your garden is the envy of your neighbours, you will be able to look back and see how it all began.

Sam North is a writer for EasyShed - a place where you can get the perfect shed for your garden.

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