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Making the most of your outdoor space is one of the best things you can do. Not only will you be able to curate the view from your home but you can experiment and play with different colors and textures to your heart’s delight.
Indeed, if you are looking to use your garden as a part of your thrifty lifestyle, this space is perfect for growing your own fruit and veg and even keeping a couple of chickens – room providing! You would be amazed just how much you can save by growing your own herbs and salad leaves. And, the difference in flavor is pretty awesome too.
Have you been sold the dream, yet? Here’s how to make it happen.
Improve Your Soil
The very first thing any gardener should do is improve their soil. Without good quality soil, your plants simply aren’t going to grow. If your soil is looking a bit sad, you should look for soil conditioner and fertiliser to speed things along. You can find what you need here.
But before you do anything, you should test your soil. All soil types are slightly different depending on the land around you. Some places are boggy and require a bit more drainage – in which case you need to mix some gravel in – but other places are much drier and may require regular water maintenance. Understanding your garden and learning to work with it is always the easiest route.
For a green and beautiful garden that fills up with vegetables and fruits, you should definitely plan your planting and be smart with your choices – especially with trees. Think about the layout of your garden, what the space offers and which space would suit which plant. For example, a plant that loves shade won’t do well in the full sun.
Companion planting is another smart method for making the most of your garden. Some plants work really well together, sharing nutrients and diverting the attention of pests. This method has been around for thousands of years but has been somewhat forgotten in the age of pesticides. But have no doubt, you can grow masses of organic veg using this method without a man-made chemical in sight.
Garden Little and Often
Planning your garden is a year-round job. If you want to live from veg you have grown yourself, you also need to think about how you are going to preserve your produce and when it will be most abundant. While you might be enthusiastic about planting a lot of seeds now, do think ahead and decide whether you will want to eat that much when the harvest comes around!
Gardening little and often is the best way to maintain your lush greenery. Going around your garden at least once a week will give you a chance to pinch out any weeds and provide extra water where needed. Gardening is very much a lifestyle choice so while you might have a few big days a year, you should be in your garden every day.