Dreaming of starting a garden but unsure if you’re doing the right thing? Or probably you have started already but thinking whether it’s going to work or not? Whether you have a green thumb or not, you can actually start a successful garden in your home. As a beginner in gardening, you may experience some issues and hesitations when it comes to successfully growing plants. This is the time you should be more motivated and well-informed about gardening. The moment you become well-rounded with the ins and outs of taking care of plants, then you’ll be more committed to creating better results.
Helpful Gardening Tips for Beginners A few tips below will help you jumpstart that blooming garden of yours with vegetables and ornamental plants.
1. Pick the right location. Photo by Kenan Kitchen on Unsplash
Think of gardening as investing in real estate. Picking the right location first will help determine the rest of the other essentials in gardening such as water supply and sunlight. Know that there are plants that need direct sunlight and there are some that grow well in shady areas. Also, make sure that there will be a good source of water supply.
2. Prepare your soil. Photo by Andres Siimon on Unsplash
Decide if you want to make a garden bed or plant in containers or you want to dig into the ground. If you opt for beds and containers, the downside would be the cost. Make sure to evaluate first what you are going to use based on the types of plants you will grow.
3. Invest in gardening tools Photo by Eco Warrior Princess on Unsplash
Spending a few dollars on tools to start your gardening will be beneficial. You wouldn’t want to use a kitchen knife to till the soil. Possible injuries can be avoided too if you’re using the right tools. There are various platforms and stores online that offer quality yet affordable gardening tools.
4. Know what to plant
Determine the plants that grow in abundance in your locality. Research on what plants can be planted in the type of climate that you have. Knowing what crops or shrubs grow better in your own area will definitely make a difference. Remember, there are plants that grow well in a small space while some others require larger spaces.
5. Know when to plant
Knowing what kind of plant you start cultivating is not enough. If you’ve decided to plant fruits or crops, you must know what plants grow during a specific season. Check the calendar for farming so you will be informed on what to plant in a specific season.
6. Know the different pests and insects that may damage your plants. Photo by Gouthaman Raveendran on Unsplash
Taking care of your plants and protecting them from harmful insects and pests should be of your top priorities. Be aware of how you can prevent them from causing problems that will hamper your plants from growing healthily.
7. Don’t overwater Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Plants need water but not as frequent and as much (for some vegetables and ornamental plants). One way to know if your plants are already thirsty is to dip one knuckle into the soil to check if it is already dry. Frequent watering may also cause plants to have shallow roots as they are not forced to extend and go deep down to search for water. Succulents and cacti, for instance, do not require too much water, so make sure you will not have them get drowned.
8. Label the seedlings Photo by Francesco Gallarotti on Unsplash
Make sure to label the seedlings or sprouts as they may confuse you even though you planted it yourself. Some sprouts are labeled though when bought at the local store.
9. Determine the safety of the garden location Photo by Rafael Rex Felisilda on Unsplash
Will your plants be safe from wandering animals? How about from the children playing around? If not, try to build a fence around it or plant barrier plants such as rosemary or garlic that can prevent animals from munching on your beautiful sprouts.
10. Be ruthless with weeds Photo by Ilnur Kalimullin on Unsplash
To prevent ambitious weeds from taking over, you can mulch. Mulching is covering the surrounding of your plants to prevent weeds from growing and at the same time providing nutrients in the soil as they decay. Chipped barks, wood chips, dried leaves, or even river stones can be used in mulching.
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When starting a garden, it is also important to have a good partner that will help you succeed with your gardening efforts. We, at Plant3r, can give you the tools and assistance to grow plants successfully. Get in touch with us today and be the best gardener that you can be.
-The Plant3r Team
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