By Sarah Kastanovski / TalkSport The best way to keep your garden stocked and grow out is to start with a solid foundation, says Jane Faget, a gardening writer and author.
Here are the top tips for gardeners who want to get started.1.
Make a plan 2.
Grow at least one plant each year3.
Buy locally and in the right place4.
Choose a quality planter that is easy to work with5.
Use compost to feed the plants6.
Plant and grow in a well-ventilated area, away from other plants7.
Keep your planters out of direct sunlight8.
Keep water out of the soil9.
Use a compost pile to add nutrients to your garden planters10.
Use an organic mulch to keep out the weeds11.
Grow herbs that are perennials, not shrubs, and are not native to your area.
Start with the easiest planter available, such as a garden basket.13.
Try to keep the planter in the garden so it is easily accessible.14.
Keep the planters on the same level as the ground.15.
Keep them away from the sun.16.
Place a composting pile around the garden to add fertilizer and water to the soil.17.
Choose plants that are easy to handle.18.
Keep in mind that plants require more care than lawn furniture or pot plants.19.
When planning to plant an herb, plan the site carefully so that the plant grows away from obstacles, such, shrubs or trees.20.
Start a new herb plan and grow each year, or keep the current one and keep it on hand.21.
Use organic mulches to keep weeds out of your garden.22.
When selecting an herb to plant, take a look at the plant’s habitat, whether it is in an urban or rural setting, and whether it has been used for landscaping or has become a pest.23.
Choose plant species that are native to the area.24.
Avoid using herbicides that have been used on native plants.25.
Check the water in your garden to make sure it is clean and clear.26.
Take a leaf and root sample.
If you can’t identify any harmful bacteria in your soil, you should start a test with a soil test kit.27.
Buy plants that have not been used in your area and keep them away, or if possible, spray them.28.
Use the correct kind of fertilizer, including compost and organic mulching.29.
Be sure to use compost for the roots, stems, and stems of the plants you plan to grow.30.
Use soil in a way that allows the soil to retain moisture.31.
Buy a soil testing kit.32.
When choosing a plant to grow, make sure that it has the right kind of soil for your growing area, soil type, and climate.33.
Avoid fertilizers that are not compost.34.
Choose an herb that is not invasive and that does not require water.35.
If possible, buy a garden bag that can hold enough fertilizer and the right type of compost.36.
If your garden needs a bit of extra space, buy extra plants.37.
Avoid putting your plants in water containers.38.
Keep soil in the pot or a plastic bag, so that it is easy for the plants to soak up the nutrients and water.39.
Avoid placing a compost heap around the plan, as this will trap weeds and can lead to root rot.40.
Choose organic mulched planters for your herb plants.41.
Plan a well ventilated garden and plant them on top of your soil.42.
If necessary, use compost to create a mulch for your garden, especially if it is going to be used by people who cannot handle soil.43.
Consider using a compostable fertilizer.44.
Use your best plant selection to choose plants that will survive and thrive in your environment.45.
Check with your garden manager before planting your first herb or adding a new plant.46.
Consider starting your first garden with a basic plan that will allow you to grow more plants than you can fit into your garden basket or planter.47.
When growing a new weed, look for plants that don’t need water and need a way to survive.48.
Try and plant your new herb or plant in a location where you can see its roots growing.49.
If a weed has been a problem in your backyard, look to use mulch or compost to help remove it.50.
Use water sparingly.51.
When planting your garden or changing your planting routine, check the soil in your yard and determine whether you need to use soil testing kits or compost.52.
Make sure that the soil you plant is safe for your plants to grow in.53.
Avoid watering your garden when it is wet or your lawn is dry.54.
If the soil is dry and the soil level is low,