lotus on the waterSpring Is Here: How to Start Planning Your Garden

In a culture of waste and disposal, it’s time to actually do the earth-friendly things you’ve always wanted to do to help enrich your life — and the earth. Before you know it, the earth will be unfrozen, and those April showers will bring May flowers. Don’t let the magical spring time pass you by this year. It’s just about the right time to begin planning your garden.

Decide the Basic Elements

Take a look at the space you have for your garden, and what it’s purpose is. Growing your own vegetables and produce is a great way to save money and conserve. A garden is also a great place for a compost pile. You can cover it in a pretty planter to mask its purpose and use the nutrient-rich soil it generates to help restore vitality to your garden. You could also consider some decorative elements, such as a fish tank. You can find cheap fish tanks online to learn more about how to set up a fish tank in your garden. If you don’t have a yard or grassy area, recycle some old pots, buckets, or tires to create little plant beds. You can also recycle shipping pallets to create rows for your plants to grow.

Decide What Plants You Can Grow

Consider the exposure to sunlight, average temperatures, and amount of rain for the area where you live. Also consider how much time, money, and effort you have to devote to your garden. Based on that, determine what plants are the best suited for your area and lifestyle. Maintaining a garden is a little like having a pet — you should carefully determine how much time and money you have to take care of it, and make the decision on what type based on that. Choose hearty plants that don’t require a lot of water if you aren’t going to be able to check on your garden every day. If you plan to make your garden a major part of your life, choose plants that require more care.

Get to Work

Talk to local gardeners, farmers, sellers at the farmer’s market, or associates at your local greenhouse to gain knowledge on what plants are best to grow. You can often find some great gardening supplies second-hand on popular auction websites, or search garage sale listings — they’ll save you a ton of money and help give new life to items that are sitting unused (and they’ll save you a ton of money). Use your first garden as a learning experience, and have fun!