Well we have establish four different plants to grow that would be easy for a beginner garden. Now lets talk about what that garden will need in order to succeed. Some of this is going to sound so basic, but its crucial to really understand what these plants need in order to have a successful garden. So.. first things first.

Location

Location, location, location. A good location is even more important than god soil. You can do a lot to improve bad soil, but improving a bad location, can sometimes be nearly impossible. There are 3 basic things every garden need in order to thrive; sun, water, and good soil. Now choosing the location is literally the most important step because it needs to have all 3 of these.

When It comes to sunshine, every plant needs it to thrive, most garden plants need full sun (a minimum of 6-8 hours) though, they can grow in less sunshine, they just might be slower and smaller at growing. There are also other plants that need partial sun or full shade (3-6 hours of sun). Still plant need sunlight to grow. So its extremely critical to scope out your land or yard and find where the sun does and doesn’t hit.

Water

You’ll need a water source. Unless you have the worlds perfect weather where it rains for 20 minutes every morning, you’re going to need to supply your garden with water. This was one of our first mistakes when we started a garden. We lived on 10 acres, and our garden was the furthest point away from any water source. So everyday I had to fill up buckets and carry it about 40 yards to the garden. It wasn’t the worst, and yet, it definitely wasn’t the best scenario. Now, we have water sources all over our farm and have ran hose running along our fence line so I can easily source water. It’s been a massive game changer. So when planning your garden make sure you’re near a water source, you’ll likely ware tired of carrying buckets to your garden.

If you don’t have a water source that is adequate, obviously as stated you easily carry a bucket, or there is the option of catching rain, I have seen some amazing things on the internet! Some watering sources are;
Carrying water- literally carrying water to your garden.
Hose- attaching a hose to the watering site.
Rain catchment- a barrel at the end of a gutter system to catch rain.
Drip tape- A hands off irrigation where soaker hoses are placed on the base of plants to water deeply over time.

Soil

Let me just say, if there is one thing I’ve grown to see in a new light and appreciation. Its soil. Not dirt. Soil.

Soil is… alive. No I don’t mean it literally, but yet…I kind of do. There is an entire complex self-sustaining ecosystem that nourishes itself, and your food. Good soil, when turned over will hold an entire world of organisms; worms, rollie-pollies, ants, bugs of all kinds, and even more beyond what you can physically see, down to a microscopic level! isn’t that amazing? Soil does so much more than nurture nature. There are even natural antidepressants in soil. Mycobacterium vacate has been found to mirror the same effects on brain neurons that certain drugs like prozac provide! This bacterium may stimulate serotonin levels, which makes you relaxed and happier. WHHATT?? If you dont find that awesome them I dont think we are on the same page!

In my opinion there are 4 basic needs for soil fin order for it to thrive and have a healthy ecosystem. Lets break it down.

Drainage

The last thing you’re going to want to find after a heavy rain is standing water. So its vital your garden has a well drained. If you are doing a raised garden with containers make sure your raised beds have holes on the bottom for proper drainage. We love our raised beds, as they make for a great solution for poor drainage ground.

If you’re growing on ground with a lot of clay, its likely this will be rough for draining. You’ll want to layer some organic matter, like compost, manure, or wool pellets, and mulch. This will help the soil become more aerated.

Side note: I say wool pellets, instead of peat-moss for a few reasons:

Moisture

Your plants need water, yes, but so does your soil. Sun baked soil loses its ability to take water at all over time. Keeping moisture in your soil is crucial, to help sustain the ecosystem that lives there. Which is where Covering comes in.

Covering/Mulching

There are so many benefits to covering your soil. Soil needs to be covered to maintain moisture, temperature, nourishment and form. Its vital. The ground isn’t ever naturally bare, the earth covers its self, and often where it is bare, its malnourished and unhealthy ground.

One of the benefits to covering the ground is… less weeding! Hallelujah! Actually though. You’ll find yourself not weeding as much if your soil is covered.

You can use a few things for mulching; wood chips, compost, straw, hay, and leaf mulch.

Food

We need food to survive, why wouldn’t our soil? Some people call this food fertilizer. When we do fertilizer we have actually never bought it in the bag, we really seek out organic means of replenishing our soil. But It must be noted… no bag of fertilizer will nourish unhealthy ground.

Each fall we lay down a layer of decomposing leaves and hay, over our soil in our garden. Then come spring we add often times, aged chicken manure (high in nitrogen) and aged cow manure (high in phosphorous). We then mill it into the earth. We never till unless we are replenishing the earth with REAL nutrients. Ive heard it described as a bank account- “When you till, your are withdrawing nutrients with out putting any back in. So its always important to deposit real nutrients if you aerate your soil.

We have a beautiful compost pile in the back of our property that we take and sprinkle on our garden at the beginning of the season as well.

Some organic food includes: leaves, branches, kitchen scraps, blood meal, bone meal, aged manure.

Here to help

I hope this gave you some ideas as to the basic needs of a common garden! I’m itching for spring and will continue the gardening serious over the next few weeks!

Well we have establish four different plants to grow that would be easy for a beginner garden. Now lets talk about what that garden will need in order to succeed. Some of this is going to sound so basic, but its crucial to really understand what these plants need in order to have a successful garden. So.. first things first.

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