If you’re new to gardening, it can be tough figuring out how to get started. I know from personal experience: when my wife and I first bought our home years ago, we were so excited about the idea of having a garden that we planted everything without even thinking about what would work best in our yard. As a result, our little garden plot was full of sunflowers and dandelions by late summer that year—and nothing else! So if you’re looking for some pointers on how to plant your first garden or just want some advice from someone who’s been there before, here are some tips on how to do it right:
Water your plants with a watering can.
Watering your plants with a watering can is an easy way to make sure that water gets to the base of the plant. The most important thing to remember when watering is to always use a rose-style watering can and not just pour from any old container.
When you’re using a rose-style watering can (also called “rose” or “pouring”), it should be filled with water before being used, but never overfilled; otherwise you might spill some of that precious life-giving liquid onto your floor! After filling the can, hold it high over the plant and empty out all of its contents in one go into one spot at least one inch away from the base of each plant, preferably somewhere where there are no leaves directly touching soil so as not to clog up any pores on top surfaces where roots could be growing underneath (if they hadn’t already). If done correctly, this process should take less than five minutes per week per household garden plot size (or less than 10 minutes if we’re talking about larger spaces like backyards).
Add some fertilizer to the soil.
Fertilizer is a substance that gets added to the soil in order to help plants grow. There are many different kinds of fertilizer available in stores, and they come in pre-measured packets or bags of granules. The amount you add depends on the type of plant you’re growing—some require less than others! Fertilizer can be harmful if used improperly, so it’s important to read instructions carefully before adding it to your garden plot.
Buy a garden shovel.
- A good shovel is an investment. It will last you years and save you from back-breaking work, so if it’s within your budget, be sure to invest in a high quality tool that is made for digging.
- The type of shovel depends on your needs and the size of your garden. You may want to get two different kinds: a round-headed shovel for digging holes, and an angular-headed one for loosening soil or cutting roots.
- When choosing a shovel, consider these important features:
• Weight: A heavy shovel can cause fatigue when used over long periods of time; however, if it’s too light it won’t provide enough leverage or strength when lifting big loads of dirt out of the ground.
• Grip: How well does the handle fit into your hand? Is there room between fingers when gripping? Does it feel comfortable after hours of use? If not comfortable then maybe try another brand/model!
- Don’t dig too deep into rocks or hard packed soils — this will only waste energy (and probably hurt!). Instead focus on loosening large sections at once instead.”
Measure out the size of your garden plot with a measuring tape.
Measure out the size of your garden plot with a measuring tape.
- Make sure you have enough space for your plants.
- Make sure you have enough space for your garden tools.
- Make sure you have enough space for your garden shed.
- Make sure you have enough space for your garden compost, which will be useful in fertilizing plants as they grow!
Pick a sunny spot in your yard or on your patio.
You will want to pick a spot that gets plenty of sunlight, especially if you’re going to be growing plants in the ground. If you don’t have a sunny spot where your garden can be planted, consider putting it on your patio or deck. In addition to providing light for your plants, these areas are usually pretty easy to access and can provide an opportunity for socializing with friends and family who come over.
If it is not possible to find a good location for your garden outdoors, try planning out where it could go inside instead! A lot of people don’t realize this but there are plenty of ways that you can grow plants indoors without having any windows at all! Just make sure that wherever they end up being placed in the house won’t get too hot during summer months (more than 25 degrees Celsius) because this could cause them harm or even kill them off completely!
Gather all of your gardening tools and supplies together.
Before you start planting, gather all of your gardening tools and supplies together. This will help ensure that you have everything you need on hand when it comes time to get started. Here’s a list of things to consider bringing:
- Gardening Tools: spade/shovel, rake, trowel
- Garden Supplies: seeds (if planting from seed), fertilizer (if using any), compost or mulch (for adding nutrients and improving soil structure)
Dig up any weeds that you see in the soil.
Once you’ve loosened the soil, you can use a shovel to scoop out any weeds or stones. You may need to use a garden fork to break up any clumps of dirt as well. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Gloves are always recommended for this task, as well as long sleeves and pants if possible. If you do get stains on your clothing (or skin), consider using vinegar and baking soda in water to remove them!
As an added bonus, find a good hat that will protect not only your head but also the rest of your face from getting sunburned by those hot summer rays. Keep in mind that many plants need full sunlight throughout most hours of their growing season—so make sure they’re placed where they’ll get plenty!
Plant your plants in rows so they are easier to water and maintain.
Plant your plants in rows so that they are easier to water and maintain. Planting in rows helps prevent plants from competing with one another for nutrients and water, which can be hard on the plant. Planting in rows also makes it easier to plant, weed, and harvest crops such as lettuce or arugula because you’re going to be doing these tasks several times over the course of a season. Finally, it’s also much easier for you to harvest crops when they’re planted along straight lines: simply walk down one row at a time and pick up what you want!
You should spend time planning out your garden before planting anything to ensure that it will be successful.
The most important thing to do before planting anything is to plan out your garden. You need to know what plants you want, where they will go, and how many of them there will be. For example, if you want mint for tea but only have space for one plant (or even just a small pot), then that’s all you’re going to get. If you want lots of fresh herbs in your kitchen every day, then it may be best for you to grow them in containers rather than on the ground so that they can be moved around easily without damaging their roots or having unwanted weeds take over their space.
You also need to prepare your gardens before planting anything. This involves testing the soil pH (how acidic or alkaline it is) with a kit from your local garden center or hardware store; deciding whether or not fertilizers should be added; removing any weeds; adding composts and/or organic matter like shredded leaves into the dirt; and tilling up the soil so that it’s loose enough for seeds but not too soft where roots could rot easily during rainy weather periods throughout springtime here in New England where I live!
Once those tasks are completed successfully then we can talk about planting seedlings from seed packets available at local nurseries—which tend not only sell flowers but also vegetable varieties including tomatoes–and even herbs such as basil which grows well indoors year round if positioned near windowsills with plenty sunlight shining upon them daily when temperatures rise above 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). We don’t want any wilting happening here folks!
I hope you found this guide to planting a vegetable garden helpful. With these tips and tricks, you will be able to start growing your own food in no time at all!