If you’ve been following for a while then you would know one of the features we were lucky enough to inherit with our first home was a garden! The previous owners seemed to have a real green thumb as all the plants in the backyard were labelled and the garden bed was ready to go upon arrival. Although I was super happy to be welcomed by the fresh blooms I have to admit I was a little intimidated. Prior to moving in, the only thing I was responsible for keeping alive was myself sooo being a plant mom was whole new territory for me. Luckily my Grandma came to the rescue and helped me plant my very first garden! Ever since then it’s been a yearly tradition and I find myself learning and actually loving it more and more!
As I previously mentioned starting a garden was intimidating AF but after some time and practice I’ve actually learned a thing or two. So if you’re itching to grow your own garden this year here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way…
If you think you’re going to create a farm overnight hold your horses or in this case, veggies. Neither you or the farm will be happy with the results and you’ll just be overwhelmed. My first year gardening I probably went a little overboard and planted one too many veggies which resulted in a bit of overcrowding and a larger clean up at the end of the year. So start slow, you can always add switch it up next year!
Get Some Tools
The first year I planted my garden I had full on acrylic nails and quickly realized the importance of gardening gloves! Life and hand savers. Aside from gardening gloves, depending on the size of your garden you’ll want to pick up a few other tools like a spade, hoe, rake, and of course a watering jug or hose!
Prep The Soil
If it weren’t for my Grandma I would have been completely lost and probably would have grown nothing but weeds, no joke! I never realized how important it was to prep your soil but I definitely understand now. Be sure to turn your soil with a garden spade, fork, or roti-tiller to break up any large clumps. After that be sure to fertilize, water, and you’re good to go!
Know Your Region
Our garden is south facing which is amazing for sun exposure during the summer but we also have to be super mindful to keep it hydrated! All I can say is get to know you region and do your research before planting, your veggies will thank you for it!
I honestly can’t stress this one enough because like any new adventure there will definitely be some ups and downs. Gardening can have so many benefits from fresh produce, fresh air, and yes even some exercise! But you’ll also be faced with the inevitable weeds, uncooperative weather, and even some unwanted intruders. So starting a garden with an open mind and the ability to laugh at yourself and have fun will set you up for a great start!…
Now it wouldn’t be a garden post if floral print wasn’t involved, am I right!? This maxi dress is not only comfortable but also super flattering. I’ve been layering it up with my moto jacket and even chunky sweaters in the meantime until spring shows up!
Photos taken at Salisbury Greenhouse