A DIY garden can provide delicious and nutritious foods that are essential to health and overall well being of any family. Though it might seem like a daunting task, growing and maintaining your own garden can be an enjoyable educational experience and a lot easier than some may think. Follow the below essential Seatac garden ideas to get started to growing your own herbs and veggies and eating healthier throughout the year.
Keep in mind that a sunny spot in the yard is always recommended. A thriving garden will need about six hours of direct sunlight, so make sure to choose an area facing the majority of the sun’s rays for most of the daytime hours. The selected site should also drain well after a good rain, as to avoid flooding, over watering crops, and moldy plant roots. Too much water can be detrimental to a garden if not monitored closely.
Make the Beds
There are two garden bed approaches when starting an edible garden. If poor soil is a concern, always build above ground with raised planter beds. While raised beds can be a bit more expensive as opposed to a traditional ground level garden bed, and take a bit more effort to assemble, raised garden beds can provide aesthetic appeal to a home and offers better drainage in the occasion that soil is not desirable or has issues with drainage.
Whether you choose to plant directly into the ground or are installing raised garden beds, remove all weeds, debris, and overgrown grass before any crops are planted. Prepare the garden beds with rich soil that is deep enough for the selected plants roots to grow. Start by raking the area, removing any debris, and leveling out the newly added soil in preparation for new plants. Turn over any existing soil and soak the area with water before any vegetables or herbs are planted.
Choosing Your Crops
A great beginner idea is planting a salad garden. Lettuce, tomatoes, and green vegetables grow fast and don’t require much space or ongoing maintenance. It is possible to grow a wide variety of options in a single row, and they are a “cut and come again” crop.
For the adventurous, consider adding culinary herbs to your garden vegetables. Parsley, chives, sage, basil, dill, tarragon, mint, rosemary and thyme are excellent starter herbs and add great taste to the fresh home cooked meals that will come out of your new edible garden! Consider the time of year that the garden will be planted as not all varieties can survive the rainy and harsh winter months.
Planting herbs and plants that have already sprouted is the best bet for the novice grower. There is no shame to start with a plant that has sprouted as they can root easily to and adapt to their new surroundings.
Protecting Your Crops
Mulch keeps weeds and moisture out, ensuring crops remain healthy as well as preventing the future growth of any weeds. Mulch can be pine needles, shredded leaves, or wood shavings and are available at your local gardening store. Mulch should be placed at the base of the new plants on top of the soil for protection. If rodents or wild animals are present in your neighborhood, consider framing the garden beds with wire in order to keep any unwanted visitors out and your vegetables safe.
To learn about growing your own food or installing garden beds, contact Puget Services for more helpful Seatac garden ideas. If you would prefer to speak with an expert regarding gardening and receive a quote for garden bed installation, please contact us at (888) 435-1212. We would be glad to lend you a green thumb and offer garden tips for all seasons in the Pacific Northwest.