New Year, New Garden: Step 4 - Nurturing Your Garden

a person holding a freshly harvested handful of compost

Now that you've selected the perfect plants for your Chattanooga garden, it's time to get planting! Step 4 of our series covers everything from planting to the daily care needed to keep your garden flourishing.

Preparing Your Garden Bed

  • Soil Preparation: Start by loosening your soil and mixing in your compost to give your plants a nutrient-rich start.
  • Spacing and Layout: Follow the spacing guidelines for each plant, allowing them room to grow without competition.

Planting Your Selections

a gardener digs a hole for planting
  • Timing: In Chattanooga, the last frost date is typically around mid-April. It's safe to plant most varieties after this date.
  • Technique: For each plant, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball but no deeper. Place the plant in the hole and fill it with soil, then water thoroughly.

Watering and Feeding

  • Watering Schedule: Water your garden in the early morning or late afternoon to reduce evaporation. The amount and frequency depend on the plant type and weather conditions.
  • Fertilizing: Use a balanced fertilizer, but avoid over-fertilizing which can harm your plants.

Weed and Pest Control

  • Weeding: Regularly remove weeds that compete for nutrients and water.
  • Natural Pest Solutions: Opt for organic pest control methods to keep your garden eco-friendly.
A gardener watering a freshly planted tomato plant

Ongoing Care and Observation

  • Monitoring Plant Health: Keep an eye on your plants for signs of stress or disease. Early detection is key to managing problems.
  • Enjoying the Process: Remember, gardening is a journey. Enjoy the process of watching your garden grow and change throughout the seasons.

Planting and nurturing your garden is a rewarding experience. With these tips, Chattanooga homeowners can look forward to a thriving garden that not only enhances their home but also contributes to the local ecosystem. Happy gardening!

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