Living a city life can be stressful.
Planning a little home garden is always helpful who are too busy to go hiking or taking a short trip to rural areas during weekends.
Before taking real actions, it is crucial to choose the right plants, pick the suitable location and make an action plan for planting.
- Choosing the right plants
It is always a wise choice not to put all kinds of plants within the same setting.
To begin with, it is good to find out some easy species like sunflowers, sweet peas and nigella (it depends on the seasons). If possible, selecting species that are adaptable to your climate would be the best for them to grow well.
The more advanced step is to find out whether there are disease-resistant plants or seeds to prevent having troubles with species-oriented diseases of the plants.
Sizes also matter–the smaller the plants are, the easier one can manage while planting at home. Research on potential plants’ growing process is also needed because some seeds can be deceivingly small.
- Picking the suitable location
Then more research has to be done in order to find out how much space would be needed. You should also leave plenty of space for you to walk around in the garden for weeding, watering and harvesting.
Preferably, a location with enough sun light would be beneficial for the plants to grow larger in size. Portable water supply and well-draining soil are also essential for most plants to carry out photosynthesis–a process that allows plants to produce “food” for their own consumption.
If there is no suitable spot for planting at home at all, chances are, you may look for a community garden that is located in the city where everyone can plant. The same principles apply for the process of planting.
- Getting prepared for planting
The common problem is that few people realize how important it is to visualize the garden plan on paper before taking real actions. It is suggested to draw the outskirt of the garden with the location of each plant for reference.
To be precise, a planting timetable is needed if you grow two or three varieties at a time. It is to ensure that you can keep in mind about how much larger your plant will grow and how you should re-arrange your spacing if needed.
Once you have researched enough on the predicted growth of your plants and their respective sizes, you can make things more efficient by maximizing the amount of sunlight it can be exposed to.
Last but not least, organic fertilizer is suitable for planting in general because it supplies nutrients to the plants gradually, avoiding your plants to be infected with fungal and other diseases.
In summary, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for everyone to grow a plant. It depends on the varieties and nature of plants, the amount of space available, as well as the goals for planting. But planting is never a waste of space as it is beneficial for personal health.