How to Start a Garden from Scratch

May 10, 2012 by

Learning how to start a garden from scratch can be fun and exciting. If you don’t even have a dollar spend on your garden, that is no excuse not to start one. This article will show you exactly how to start a garden from scratch.

how to start a garden from scratchThe first thing that you need to do is you need to find a good plot of dirt. If you have a yard, you can use part of your yard for your garden. Just make sure wherever you decide to start your garden that you’re going to be getting plenty of sunlight. If you can put in an area where you are going to also get water from your sprinkler system, then it is less work that you have to do.

Starting A Garden From Scratch

If you have a few dollars, you can typically go to a dollar store and buy three or four packages of last year’s seeds for a buck. If you don’t have that much mind to spend, you can get your seeds from a lot of the stuff that you buy at the store anyway. Some of the easiest seeds to harvest are those from watermelons, cantaloupes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, and peas. What I need to do, I like to take the seed out and put it on my windowsill. It takes about two or three days for the seed to dry out on the windowsill, and then I can store it in my refrigerator in a seed bag container, until it is ready to be planted. This is super easy because you don’t even have to waste money on buying seeds, you just keep the seeds that come in the things that you generally like to eat.

how to start a gardenIf you want to start your seeds inside of your house, you can typically start them about the first week of February. It is a good idea to get some special soil like premium potting soil or ‘foxwood” to help your seeds germinate and grow faster. As soon as the temperatures get warm enough, you want to transfer your plants outside. Root vegetables don’t really like to be transferred so if you are going to replant them you have to make sure to do it very carefully. Also, make sure that the temperatures outside or above freezing. This year I planted three tomato plants outside, and the largest one froze because temperatures got below freezing in May.

After you have chosen a good place for your garden, the next thing you want to do is to go out there and till the soil. The best way to do this is to use a spade or a shovel. Make sure to loosen up the soil before planting it so that your plants will have an easier time growing. Sometimes it might be a good idea to spend a few dollars on some compost to help your garden plants grow better.

starting a gardenOnce you are garden gets planted, make sure that you water it regularly. Usually a garden will need about 1 ½ to 2 inches of water per week. This is the equivalent of watering your garden with a sprinkler system for about 20 min. per day. If temperatures get hot, you may need to use even more water.

Don’t worry, if this is your first time gardening, you’ll probably have some plants that grow really well and some that don’t. The good news is that you can learn from all of your mistakes. Don’t give up on gardening, because every year and that you attempted you will learn something new and you’ll get better at it. Good luck on your garden!

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