5 Things To Consider Before Starting a Garden

With spring now upon us, more and more people are going outside to build their gardens. The warm, sunny weathers offers the perfect opportunity to start growing plants. But before you begin digging holes and filling them with seeds, there are a few things you should consider.

Water Runoff

Are you familiar with the area’s water runoff? If you plan to start a garden here, you must be aware of how – and where – the water runs off during a rainstorm. If it pools up at the base of your garden, you can be in for a world of trouble, as the excess water will encourage the growth of root rot, mold and fungus while restricting oxygen from your plants.

Zone Hardiness

If you haven’t done so already, check the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Zone Hardiness Map to determine which zone you are located in. Using this information, you can make better decisions regarding which plants are suitable for your region. If you’re unsure whether a plant will grow, you can check to see if it’s suitable for your particular zone.

Pests

Are pets a common problem around your area? Whether it’s squirrels, garden slugs, rabbits, voles, aphids, whiteflies, or a combination of all the above, you’re bound to discover some pests in your garden. The good news is that you can discourage them from inhabiting your garden by taking some preventive measures like setting up slug traps, applying neem oil to your plants, and creating a barrier of chicken wire around your garden.

Be sure to read through some of our previous posts here at the Grow Tent Store blog for more pest prevention tips.

Sunlight

Of course, you’ll also want to consider the angle and duration of sunlight relative to your garden. Generally speaking, the southwest side of most homes (not all) will receive the most sunlight; therefore, this is the recommended area for starting a garden. Plants will soak up more sun, which in turn leads to faster, healthier growth.

Accessibility

Your new garden should be easily accessible, allowing you to enter, exit and move around as you please. If it’s blocked off by rocks, tree lines, weeds, structures, etc., you may find it difficult to perform routine maintenance on your plants. This is one of the reasons why so many people prefer to start gardens right outside their home.