Start a Garden in Six Simple Steps
Abbot Walafrid Strabo encouraged everyone to get a garden. “What kind you may get matters not," he said.
The good abbot lived in the ninth century, but his advice stands today. In fact, you won’t find a better time to “get a garden” than spring. Nurseries and even nongarden-related businesses stock their grounds with trees, shrubs, transplants, seeds, soil amendments (compost and composted manure), fertilizer and tools.
Will your new garden grow vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, in sun, shade, containers or a combination? Gardens don’t necessarily have to be dedicated to one type of plant. Mixing vegetables in with flowers works just fine. Start your own garden in six easy steps:
3. Remove the grass, stones and weeds, including their roots – anything you don’t want. Next, add organic matter in the form of compost or composted manure, working it into the soil 1.5 to 2 feet deep. Do not skip this opportunity for soil enhancement. As the years go by, you will layer organic matter on the soil surface, but don’t waste this chance to thoroughly work that organic matter into the soil. Your plants will thank you by getting off to a strong start.