How To Start Your Own Garden This Spring
Thinking about gardening but don’t know where to start? We get it. There’s a lot that goes into having a garden, especially getting it started! However, if you’re interested in sustainable food options for you and your family, or a way to pass the time relaxing and taking in the beauty of nature, a garden might just be the perfect new hobby for you. By following these simple tips, you can start your own garden this spring!
Before you start digging up dirt like crazy, take time to map out your available space. It’s important to select plants which make sense for your yard. If you only have a small plot available, you can still start a garden! Just stay away from pumpkins, corn, or other plants which take up a lot of room. Instead, look into plants which grow vertically such as sunflowers, perennials tomatoes, beans, or peas.
Examining the Climate
Some plants just don’t do well in certain climates. If you purchase the wrong plants for your area, they’re going to struggle no matter what you do. Figure out your estimated frost dates and average temperatures. If you have a local gardener friend or family member, be sure to ask them for their opinions on which plants do well in your area, or visit a local plant nursery to get some great advice. If you live in Northwest Florida, the Emerald Coast Nursery is a great option!
Picking the Perfect Spot
Most vegetables require full sun, so if you’re planning to have lots of those, locate a spot which receives direct sunlight throughout most of the day. It’s important to also ensure your hose can reach your garden to water your plants. If it can’t, it may be worth investing in a longer hose to reach the perfect spot in your yard. Refilling the watering can countless times will get old quickly! Try planning your garden out on paper to choose which plants and how many of them will fit in the space. This way you won’t feel overwhelmed or unprepared when you arrive at your local plant nursery.
Here comes the fun part: choosing your plants! You don’t have to only stick to vegetables, you can add flowers and other decorative plants into the mix. To get the best of both worlds, research edible flowers which grow well in your area. Garnishing dishes with these homegrown edible flowers can take your dinner nights to the next level. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably a beginner, so we’re including this list of 20 Can’t Kill Flowers from HGTV.
If you’re wanting to start small, you can always have indoor plants first. You can even grow herbs for your cooking inside. Did you know there are tons of indoor plants which can help improve your home’s air quality as well? Plants are the gift which just keep giving. Chrysanthemums are ranked the highest for air purification. Other plants which will aid in keeping your home’s are clean are a Barberton Daisy, English Ivy, or Snake Plant.
If improved indoor air quality sounds like something you might be interested in, Gulfshore Air offers some of the best indoor air purification systems on the market. These systems can eliminate 99.9% of allergens, bacteria, and even viruses from the air and surfaces of your home. Contact us to get an in-home estimate for an air purification system so you and your family can start breathing easier in your home.
Get In Touch
While we can’t be much help for a garden in need of repair, we ARE the ones to call when your HVAC system needs repair or if your home has issues with moisture control. Gulfshore Air is an American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving the Niceville, FL, area. Feel free to email us at [email protected] with any questions about air purification or AC repairs and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!