Starting a garden can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. The type of garden you cultivate varies by your environment. Understanding the different kinds of agricultural gardening methods can help you decide on the perfect type of garden for your living situation and will help you know how to get started.
The most typical garden that people imagine is the backyard in-ground garden. These gardens are a good option for anyone with plenty of outdoor space and easy access to water. In-ground gardens can be used for landscaping or fruits and vegetables but are at the mercy of animals and the elements. Keep an eye out for any weather you may need to protect your plants. Plants can be picky when it comes to where they want to live. In this kind of garden, you will only be able to grow plants or trees native to or compatible with your location.
If you have a problem with critters sneaking into your garden, research fencing solutions to match your yard—chicken wire or wooden fences are standard solutions. Keep your garden free of weeds, or your plants could suffer.
Like the in-ground garden, raised gardens are outside gardens that typically use soil. The difference lies in that you will need to build boxes for your plants to reside in. The construction of the box is more time-consuming than an in-ground garden but can be easier on your back and drain water more efficiently. You can also use straw bales to create raised gardens!
When looking for different gardening methods that you can do inside, hydroponic gardens may seem out of your league. This isn’t always the case! While there are expensive and complicated hydroponic gardening systems, there are also cheaper and simpler ways to start soil-less gardening. Hydroponic gardens can be fully inside and are ideal for anyone who doesn’t have outdoor space to spare.
However, hydroponic gardens aren’t maintenance-free and require you to feed them nutrients that you’ll have to buy separately. You can make this step easier by purchasing all-inclusive fertilizer, but you should still know what you provide your plants. Hydroponic gardens are the most flexible method of gardening by far, as you can grow whatever you want, so long as you take care of your plant how it wants to be taken care of.
An excellent indoor garden option for beginners is container gardening. This method uses soil and involves planting in pots and boxes that you can move around your house as you please. On sunny days you can leave your budding flora outside. Just remember to adapt your content to the size of your plant. As your plant grows, so must its container.
No matter which method you use, have fun and research whichever plants you want to grow!