Gardens In the Desert
How to Build and Maintain Gardens in the Desert
Having your own garden is a nice addition to your home and can also be a lot of fun. But taking care of gardens in the desert can be difficult. If you're looking to start your own at-home garden, here are some tips for keeping it lush and beautiful.
1. Take Care of the Soil
Desert soil is typically full of sand, gravel, and dirt. This means you'll have to amend it regularly to keep it healthy. Try adding organic material, either from your own compost or the local garden nursery, at least once per year.
2. Use Lots of Water
If you're going to be creating gardens in the desert, you'll need to make sure you're using plenty of water. One easy way to do this is through a drip irrigation system which uses a network of tubes to slowly and steadily drip water to the roots of your plants.
3. Keep it Shaded
The sun can cause major damage to your plants so it's important to keep them shaded as much as possible. One way to do this is to build a tent over your garden with PVC pipe and drape a light cloth over the top of the structure. This still allows your plants to get some sun, but not the hottest parts of it which typically come during the middle of the day.
4. Block the Wind
Keeping wind from ruining your plants can be easily accomplished by building a wall around the perimeter of your garden. You can also try hay bales, or a trellis wall to block the direction the wind typically comes from in your area.
We hope these tips for building and maintaining gardens in the desert are helpful to you! If you need more advice, simply ask your local garden nursery or give us a call at Desert Dream Gardens and we'd be happy to help you find exactly what you're looking for!