When potential homeowners are exploring Richmond homes for sale, they're often impressed by the availability of backyard space. Our REALTORS® find that this is a big selling point for most homes.
Now, more than ever, homeowners are interested in learning how to turn a portion of their backyard into a garden. Being able to create your own food supply is appealing, and gardening is actually much easier than you might think!
Follow these simple steps, and you'll have a flourishing garden before you know it.
- Decide on Your Gardening Goals
First, you'll want to decide what type of garden you want to grow. If you're a veggie-lover, you'll want to focus on a garden full of edible plants like lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers. Otherwise, an herb garden might be more your style.
- Choose the Right Location
There are a few important things to consider when choosing the perfect spot for your garden. First, look for a section of your backyard that gets plenty of sun. Most plants need six to eight hours of sunlight each day to flourish. It's also best if the garden is near your house, a shed, or a fence. This will help protect the plants from wind damage. A flat area is also easier to maintain than a sloped part of your yard. While not necessary, it's better if your garden is in a visible spot that's also nearby your water source. This will make it easier to notice when your plants need some attention and will simplify the watering process.
- Get the Right Tools
You'll need certain tools to tend your garden. This includes a hoe, a garden shovel, and some hand tools. You may also want to pick up some gardening gloves and knee pads.
- Prepare Your Garden Bed
Next, remove the grass from the area where you'll put your garden bed and turn the soil. If you're putting in a large garden, you'll want to get your hands on a rototiller. Otherwise, it's more practical to just do it by hand with a hoe and shovel. Add some organic material to make your soil as rich and fertile as possible.
- Select Your Plants
It's less expensive to start your garden from seeds, but it takes longer. If you're crunched for time, you're better off buying young plants instead. Choose the vegetables or herbs you enjoy eating, but also pay attention to the plant's needs when it comes to sunlight, climate, and soil type.
- Plant Your Garden
Your seeds or plants should come with instructions that will tell you exactly how to plant and care for them in the initial weeks. Once your plants are in the ground, it's also a good idea to add a few inches of mulch. If you choose an organic mulch, it will add a pleasant smell to your garden and will make your soil more fertile as it decomposes.
- Nurture Your Garden
Once your plants are established, the hard work is done! Now you just need to set up a regular watering schedule, pull up weeds when they appear, and deal with any bugs that try to eat your plants.
Then, sit back, relax, and watch your garden grow! Contact us today to learn more and get started.