Gardening is a great way to get outside, connect with nature, add diversity to your yard, and provide food and habitat for people, wildlife, and pollinators. But how do you get started building a garden? Garden bed prep is essential for growing a successful garden. Below are some tips we have on how to prepare your garden bed for success.
Prepping the garden bed will help you grow better all season long. Garden prep helps:
Location, location, location
Site selection is the most important decision! When selecting your garden’s location, consider the following:
Pick your garden type.
Now that you know what you want to plant and where it’ll be located – it’s time to choose a place to dig in!
Sunday ProTip: For in-ground or raised beds with a soil-base, we always recommend starting out with a soil test, so you have a baseline to build off of.
Ensure seedling and plug success.
In order to help your new plants establish, you’ll need to clear out anything that could compete with the new plants for water, nutrients, or sunlight. This includes any debris, grass, weeds, or other vegetation that may currently be growing in your soon-to-be garden bed (raised or in-ground). We recommend the following, depending on when you’re prepping:
Sunday Pro Tip: Make sure you have your new plants ready to go when you clear the soil, or, if you clear the soil prior to planting, make sure to plant a cover crop or lay mulch. This will help prevent soil erosion and will help keep weeds out and retain moisture.
Add some compost.
Once you remove any debris, you’ll want to add back some organic matter to help boost soil health, hold on to moisture, promote good drainage, and add nutrients back to the soil. Mix in some fresh compost before or at planting.
Now that your garden bed is ready, it’s time to plant! Get creative and play around with textures, colors, shapes, scents, and flavors. Make sure to weed and water as needed, and don’t forget to feed your plants with the proper nutrients so you can enjoy them all season long!