The dream to have garden came many years ago. My husband and I never really got on top of it and each year would pass that we missed our opportunity. I remember as a child walking to my parents garden in the back and eating whole cucumbers loaded with salt, fresh snap peas and rhubarb drenched in sugar. Pure bliss as a child.
This year I was determined to get one going and give my children the same opportunity that I had growing up. However, I am a complete and utter newbie when it comes to gardening.
There were a few things I did before we got ours up and going and I want to share with you all in case you have always wanted to but never had the knowledge, just like me!
1.) Recruit someone who knows their stuff!
Enter my grams and mama. I asked if they could come to our place and help me to know where to plant and what to plant. They have been to my place before so they sort of had an idea and gave me a little prep work to do beforehand. Sure you could do a little Pinterest or google search and probably get the information you need from there but what is better than bonding with family or a friend?
My grandma has been gardening for most of her life and pretty much knows every plant and flower there is to know. She is a wealth of information. She was able to stand and point telling my mom and me where to put everything.
2.) Have an idea of what you want to plant
I wanted to make sure we did both flowers and food. You also need to know which plants will need full shade, full sun or partial of both. Again this is where my grams was a huge help. After we looked around and noticed that anywhere would be great for almost anything we narrowed down what we wanted.
|We decided to go with Marigolds, pansies, and some succulents for flowers oh, and that hydrangea plant you see up there!|
Of course, for food, we have a few herbs which include, basil, rosemary, and cilantro. Then so far we have only planted 4 varieties of tomatoes and two of peppers. We still have a huge plot in the back that need a ton of work and I asked for that be my Mother’s Day present for when I return. Carrotts, watermelon, garlic, onions, cucumbers, swiss shard, lettuce are on my list for that plot!
3.) Be prepared for some good hard work.
I have been hiking almost 2x’s a week and that still didn’t compare to a day of preparing the ground to plant. I literally was sore for almost 3 days. After the ground was free to plant it was the most satisfying thing ever. Completely worth it. Don’t forget to keep on top of those weeds after planting!
4.) Soil, Soil, Soil
We were lucky, apparently to my mom, that we have amazing soil already. Once she started to turn it, it was dark and rich underneth. Making it the perfect place for plants to flourish. We added a bit of steer manure and mixed it all in together.
5.) Get your kids involved and have fun!
If it’s not fun, then maybe it’s not for you. I fell head over heels with it. I even liked it better with no gloves, getting my hands in there and feeling the dirt as my hands helped to create an enviroment for these precious plants.
We got the kiddos involved and everyday our oldest is out there checking on all the plants now. I would dig the hole and they would plop the flower or plant in and together we would cover it over with the dirt. We also thanked God and prayed over our garden that it will be fruitful and sustain us for veggies this season.
The best place we have found is Devon’s Greenhouses in Aldergrove. They have a huge selection, friendly staff and the flowers and plants don’t look like they are already about it die. Bonus, is they have a small little petting zoo for your littles!
Those are my super easy tips to get started. Are you an avid gardener, or just starting or hoping to start?