If you’re working on your green thumb, look no further.
Spring is a great time of year to create a small backyard garden. This can give you many benefits—from fresh herbs and vegetables for your kitchen to a beautiful aesthetic and natural deterrent for certain pesky bugs, like mosquitos.
If you’d like to try your hand at gardening this year but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve pulled together the most important do’s and don’t’s.
1. Location – understand your region and what types of plants, fruits and veggies grow best there. Depending on your average temperatures, rainfall and sunlight, the plants that will flourish in your area will vary. Some quick online research will help you figure this out.
2. Soil – Just like you, your soil needs a yearly check-up to see what’s going on with it. Take a small sample to a local nursery to have it tested. They will be able to tell you all about its pH levels and nutrients and give you suggestions for making it even better.
3. Start Simple – Different plants require different amounts of care. It’s always good to start your gardening journey by choosing the “easy” ones. Most of the time, “easy” plants include herbs and veggies.
4. Evaluate your space – Plants can easily get overcrowded, so if you’re short on space, consider a small herb garden rather than sprawling rows of berries. It’s typically recommended that all plants that live more than two years should be planted at least 18” apart, so their roots have room to spread out over time.
5. Have fun – Gardening should be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, not a hassle. Keep things small and appreciate the little things. Over time as you learn more and grow your technique, you can grow your garden, too!
If you want to dig deeper into gardening details (no pun intended,) check out this great article from thegreatest.com. At Geppetto Catering, we use gardens to grow fresh herbs and veggies that we use in our recipes. We’re fans of all home-grown and farm fresh foods. If you’d like to cater your next event with some of ours, reach out at any time—we’d love to hear from you!