How to Start a Garden

Laura Blog - How to Start a Garden

Winter is finally over; you can come out of hibernation now. The warmer days are here, birds are back to serenade us with charming tunes, and budding branches decorate the trees… Mother Nature is reclaiming what belongs to her; shades of green inundate cities and countrysides. You can already taste the freshness of homegrown cherry tomatoes, pesticide-free lettuce, and straight-from-the-oven strawberry pie. Jump into some airy, comfortable clothing, and get to your balcony, rooftop, or yard to start working on your garden.

1. Choose your space

The first step is deciding where your fruits and veggies will live. It’s always best to start small. Think quality, not quantity. If your balcony/yard faces South you are in luck.

You may be a little more limited if your gardening space is on the North side, but if you enjoy crisp lettuce, it will work in your favour.

2. Buy what you need

Get to your nearest gardening store to stock up on supplies. Here’s what you will need:

  • Containers: pots, bins… We prefer aerating pots made from fabric to improve drainage. Self-watering planters are also a must-try!
  • Soil and fertilizer: Choose a rich soil that contains clay, or a special blend for indoor plants. Don’t forget the fertilizer; wondering which one to get? Granular fertilizers are cheaper and easier to use, but they act a little slower than water-soluble powders. For a garden that is 100% organic, we recommend using a natural fertilizer. They release very slowly, however their effect lasts longer. In a nutshell, you’ll want to use fish emulsions, algae liquids, potassium or magnesium sulfates, sodium nitrate or animal byproducts. Another great option is mixing half soil, half compost, if you have access to it.
  • Accessories: watering can, trowel, rake, gloves… The amateur green thumb starter-kit.
  • Seeds: Start with fruits and vegetables that are easy to plant, like cabbage, beets, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, or herbs.

Ready. Set. Go!

3. Put your green thumb to work

For the happy owners of a yard, begin by cleaning the terrain, clear away rocks, weeds and invasive plants.

The last step is watering your newly planted seeds abundantly. The soil must always be damp, that’s where the self-watering pots come in handy. You can also invest in a watering spike or opt for a DYI version.

Now, you wait and harvest the goods at the end of the season. Enjoy!

What will you have in your garden this year?


Adapted from French by Jonelle Larouche


Written by Pauline Ponchaux

Straight from Northern France, Pauline has great admiration for “baked-just-right-baguettes”, waffles, and sweets at brunch. Films from the '80s and '90s are almost a religion, and she adores reciting memorized lines from her favourite movies at any given time. Since she moved to Quebec, Pauline has developed a passionate curiosity for the reoccurring discrepancies between the “current temperature” and the “feels like temperature” advertised on The Weather Network. She also likes: reading in the metro, strumming the strings of her ukulele while dreaming of beaches and sunshine, trips to exotic places, Barcelona and Güell architecture (and let’s not forget sangria of course), cats, Tom Hanks, Bill Murray, and The Beatles.

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