Today marks the second day of National Gardening Week; a week that looks to introduce horticulture as a hobby to those who are not already aware and support those who have already taken it up as a hobby. With the impending rains that are sure to come this month, it seems like an adequate time to nurture your once vibrant garden back to its initial state—or train the rugged terrains known as your backyard to become the ‘lady’ (?) it was meant to be. In lieu of National Gardening Week, Loiselle Insurance Agency has decided to grace the masses with our immense gardening knowledge!
First things first, you need to look over the land and uproot things that should be uprooted, such as protruding weeds, dead, damaged, and diseased branches from woody plants. Consider buying some compactor trash bags to place dead leaves and anything else your dig up in, or invest in a compost which is eco-friendly and will enable you to use the remains as a natural fertilizer. Please don’t burn your yard debris. (First off it’s illegal in most towns and secondly, you’re putting your own home and surrounding homes in danger of fire.) Always remember to properly dispose of yard waste. After everything has been cleared out, it is time to grab a hoe and start loosening the natural topsoil. When this has been completed, get a bag of nutritious topsoil (nutritious to the plants, not to you) and sprinkle it over the one that’s already there (it will help to restore the minerals in the dirt that helps plants to grow). It is recommended that there are 8 inches of topsoil on the ground to enable any plants to take root properly. Using a rake spread the added topsoil evenly. Finally! You can now stand up and readjust your bent back, phew! The real grunt work is done. Now all that’s left to do is get some pretty plants or seeds and…well…plant them. Chances are you are going to want some color in your garden, no? Although there is the option of buying pre-potted plants, they cost more than if you buy the seed and raise it yourself. Putting into consideration the variety of garden types that are available, mixing different types of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs together can be more beneficial than harmful to their growth; however, you should note that some plants may not grow if in a climate that is too cool or too warm. For the purpose of this post, let’s say you—ultimately—want to grow Spinach and Strawberries, which are cool climate plants. You would also grow beans, summer savory, and zinnia because the beans would help the spinach and strawberry, and the summer savory and zinnia would help the beans. Staying a little off to the side of the area you have cleared, pour a few seeds in your hand and sprinkle them all over the garden to allow them to take root where they please.
It is now five o’clock post meridiem and you are spent, broken, and hopefully satisfied with your work. It has just begun to rain and, silently, you thank God that you didn’t have to raise the water bill for the sake of your new-found garden. The only thing we can now tell you is make yourself a cup of your favorite tea, sit back, and watch your garden grow (in May, that is)!