Some of us weren’t exactly born with a green thumb. Regardless, there is no denying that a well-tended garden adds beauty to any outdoor space. Whether you wish to add curb appeal with enchanting flower beds or transform your backyard into a bountiful vegetable garden, Kirkland’s is here with a few tips to help make your garden grow (silver bells, cockle shells, and row of pretty maids not included).
Add Power To Your Flowers
When it comes to any type of gardening, you have to plan ahead. For creating fantastic flower beds, it’s best to start at the beginning; know where your garden will be, what shape you want it to take, and what type of flowers you want to plant. Once you’ve made those decisions, it’s time to start digging. In your chosen area, dig up the soil at least 8 inches down (though 12 inches down would be best), removing all the grass, sod, rocks, and debris from the site. When you’re done, you should have nice, semi-loose soil that clumps together in your hands—like packing a snowball.
When arranging your flowers, keep your smaller plants in the front of the bed and larger plants toward the back or center, depending on the shape of the bed. Also, don’t be afraid to make cuts; prune your plants as necessary, periodically cutting spent flowers so that new blooms can grow. Connecticut-based White Flower Farm has an excellent guide on how to prune flowers, including tips and techniques. Finally, a little bit of mulch goes a long way; keep the weeds out and the water in by covering the top soil with 1-2 inches of your chosen mulch variety.
Lead Your Vegetables To Victory
Many of the same tips for flower gardening can also be used for vegetable gardening. For instance, the mulch rule applies here, too; 1-2 inches keeps the weeds out and also prevents fungal disease spores from hitting your plants’ leaves. However, there are also a few differences in how to approach this type of gardening.
First, raise it up; raised beds tend to have a higher yield than planting in traditional rows due to loose, fertile soil and more efficient spacing. For even more planting surface area, try arching the soil so that it is an inch or two higher toward the center than it is at the sides. Remember not to space plants too tightly; give them room to breathe. For exactly how much room to give them, check out this vegetable spacing guide from HowStuffWorks. Also remember to keep your garden tidy; pick up dead and decaying plant matter and discard it (in the trash, not in a compost pile or bin). Fungal diseases can spread through dead matter like wildfire, so you want it far, far away from your plants.
Some tips normally reserved for large vegetable farms also apply to small-scale vegetable gardens as well. One of the best things you can do for your crop—no matter its size—is to rotate; plant vegetables in different parts of the garden each season to ward off diseases and prolong the life of the soil. Furthermore, try to avoid planting vegetables from the same family in the same spots back to back. For example, you shouldn’t follow cucumbers with zucchini or gourds.
Finally, plant flowers in and around your vegetable garden. Not only will they improve the look of your garden, they will attract beneficial insects that like to attack and feed on common garden pests.
Get The Garden Look For Your Home
Looking for a way to bring the outdoors inside this spring? Hoping to spruce up your sun room with some inspired decorative touches? Check out the Vintage Garden collection from Kirkland’s. It has plenty of indoor greenery, outdoor scenery, and everyday accents, perfect for adding a touch of spring beauty to your home décor.
Whether you choose to beautify your outdoor space with flowers or utilize your backyard as a new food source, we’re confident that these gardening tips for beginners will have you well on your way to gardening greatness!