The beginning of spring is the best time of the year to plant flowers, vegetables and herbs. In this season, most kinds of the plants grow vigorously and quickly start flowering. The keys for successful growth are proper planning, taking time to prepare the soil, choosing the right plant and getting the seeds.
Choosing the soil
After the seeds, soil is the most important element in gardening. The plant's growth depends largely on its quality. It is best to get natural, fertile soil since it contains most important nutrients your plants will need to be healty. If you live in a house with a garden or close to a park, you should have no problem acquiring good quality soil. You'll need a shovel to dig it up, and then chop it lightly to aerate it. You can then save it for later use. You can also buy sacks of soil at any gardening shop, but that is usually quite expensive.
Another important factor for successful gardening is picking the right time to plant your seeds. To do this, you'll need to know how the climate and temperature in your region evolves through the year. Ideally, seeds should be planted in a container five days prior to the start of spring, when the temperature slowly starts raising. If done correctly, your plants will begin to flower vigorously within weeks of sprouting.
Protecting your plants is essential to stimulate growth during spring and summer. It is important to choose a placement where they receive plenty of sunlight during the day and are protected from cold temperatures at night. Young plants are very vulnerable to the cold. If you have pets, it is also a great idea to set a fence around them. Using insecticides is advisable if you notice any kind of bug feeding on your plants.
What to plant
When setting up a garden, it is very important to pick species of plants that are compatible with each other. Flowering plants, like daisies, roses or orchids, should be grouped together, while aromatic herbs and green vegetables should be planted on a different place. Lastly, you should use a special area for tree seeds, if you plan on keeping any. With this set-up, your plants will be grouped by size and average time of growth and development, which will make maintaining your garden that much easier.