Celebrating National Garden Month
By Donna Stark
National Garden Month only comes once a year and there is a good reason why it occurs in April. Those April showers make it a splendid time to get dirty and plant a garden! From flowers to vegetables to shrubs to trees, the options awaiting you are truly endless, which is why you need a great plan before you begin. But how does one get started, especially if the gardening world is new to them? Here are some helpful tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
Decide What You Want
The first rule of thumb is to decide what you hope to achieve with your garden. Do you want to plant a vegetable garden so you can have whole, natural foods at your fingertips, or do you want to create a backyard oasis filled with color and shade to relax in? If you choose a vegetable garden, try to include the vegetables your family loves? Keep in mind, you can plant different varieties of fruit too! And if you want that oasis, be sure to choose scent- and shade-producing plants. Regardless of the direction you want to take, you need to make some firm decisions now.
There is nothing more frustrating than spending a ton of money on plants to only watch them wither away and die. If you aren't familiar with gardening, check around your area to see if there is a gardening course offered. If not, be sure to ask plenty of questions at your local nursery or garden center. Typically, the people who work there are passionate about all things related to gardens and will usually share everything they know. They will also recommend the best plants for your region.
Just as you may have fallen off your bike while learning to ride, you may encounter some unwanted bumps in your gardening journey too. The beauty of gardening, though, is that there are endless possibilities and constant new beginnings. If one type of plant doesn't do so well the first year, try another one the year after. Don't be afraid of change and don't beat yourself up if something doesn't go right. The gardening journey is a learning curve for everyone, even for the professionals!
Getting the most out of your garden and taking advantage of all its health benefits is something you will not want to miss. So, go ahead and get your hands dirty! This is one spring pastime you won't regret doing.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midwest City, Okla.