Gardening is merely not a hobby it is a very popular activity people enjoy all over the world. Be it flowers or vegetables a garden fresh product is really a gift of nature we enjoy. For both body and soul gardening is veryimpactful.
Today we are going to talk about the basic tips that every novice gardener should follow. If you want to enjoy a successful garden as a beginner, try these 13 gardening tips:
Gather knowledge about your region
The first task before planning a garden is to gather sufficient knowledge about your region. You better keep remember that not everything grows everywhere, so what you plant is determined by where you live. It’s the most significant thing to start with because you must know the limits and the opportunities. Talking to someone who works at the local garden/nursery about the best native floras for your state is really helpful.
As you start planning out for a garden, you may already have developed visions of fresh vegetables and flower beds. But before developing any vision, please wait a moment and gather information about your area’s climate zone.
Many novice gardeners fail to get the desired outcome because they start gardening before knowing their region. Either they attempt to grow plants the wrong time of year or choose plants that are not suited for their region.
Test your soil
Garden experts suggest to get a thorough reading of your soil’s pH and nutrient levels and send a sample to the local nursery. There are also at-home testing kits available near any gardening store or you can buy online too.
The results will describe the soil’s alkaline or acidic status. Since different plants bloom best in different pH levels, this assessment will help you select the ideal plants for your soil. You will also know how to treat your soil to grow the plants properly.
Examining soil texture is also important. Soil should be easily crumbled in your hands. In super hard or clay-like soil, plants are not grown properly. Before planting don’t forget to aerate as much and as deep an area as you can.
Choose a spot with enough sunlight
Choosing your garden location is really important. You must choose a spot with enough sun. Most of the plants need about 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight a day. If you want to grow plants in a shady area, then you might get disappointment from your plants.
Watch how the sunlight hits your yard over the course of the day. Pick a spot that gets sufficient sunlight throughout the day.
If you are growing plants that require shade, then you have to choose spot that has the least sunlight. How to identify the plant’s requirement of shade or sunlight? Check the packaging. Watch your yard to mark the best place to grow your plants that will give much sunlight, or shade, as they need.
“Easy” Plants are good at the beginning
As a beginner you can start with vegetables, they don’t take as long to grow, so if you make a blunder you won’t have wasted months and months of your time. You can pick Sunflowers, since they grow quickly and tall.
You can try ferns or lettuce at your very first attempt. Early success is inspiring, if you succeed in your maiden project, then you will be more inspired and motivated to move forward.
Choose an idea for your gardening
Choosing your desired type of garden is a very basic yet vital step. It might be a beautiful sea of colorful flowers or a splendid rosemary garden for the budding chef. You can grow a nutritious vegetable garden too. No matter what you would love to grow for beginners it is always good to start small and then slowly create your garden oasis.
To avoid crowding, experts suggest researching your plants first so you know precisely how big they will get and how to space them out therefore.
Usually, perennials, plants that last for more than two years, should be spaced nearly 16 to 20 inches apart. This allows sufficient chamber for new growth and your garden look filled right away.
You should know how high your plants will grow. You should plant the shorter and creeping ones toward the front and edges of the garden bed. The taller ones will look good in the back.
Get the necessary tools
You must have these gardening tools to grow your plants:
· Soil knife
· Garden scissor
· Hand trowel
· Pruning saw
· Leaf rakes
· Garden rakes
· A good sprinkling system
· Lawn mower
· Weed trimer
· A digging fork
Plan, label and organize
Before the novice gardeners start getting their hands dirty, they need to follow one important tip in order to get success in gardening:
Plan: Pay particular attention to spacing and figure out where each plant will go. Like everyone, plants need their own space. If they are placed too close together, their growth will be stunted and they might simply die out.
Label:you might have a photographic memory, but still you miss something someday. Take a few minutes to make some small tags and place them alongside your plants to make sure that you always know what is planted where. Tagging helps you be able to tell people which plant is which.
Organize:If you are a beginner, then this a great piece of garden advice for you to keep a garden scrapbook. Experts suggest chart the progress of your plants and keep track of everything. You can add sketches, pictures, labels, and notes to make future improvements easily.
Gardening is a process and it requires patience. It takes time to grow plants. If you are being impatient you might overwater or fuss too much with the plants in the hopes that they will grow faster.
All you need is to monitor your garden regularly, but don’t rush for overnight blooming of flowers.
Don’t forget to mulch
A battle to keep the garden watered and free of weeds is true for every gardener. mulching your garden would help you win this battle.Mulching is really beneficial, it helps
- Retain moisture so that your garden remains moist
- Protect against temperature changes
- Improve soil texture
- Discourage the growth of weeds
- Add curb appeal
Water early in the day
Water is a must and even as a beginner to gardening, you know that. But do you know when you should water to get the best result? Morning is the perfect time to water your plants. Consistent and ample amount of water is required.
If you water your garden early in the day, it will allow the stems and leaves of the plants to dry as the sun comes out. If you water in the evening, your plants might be more prone to fungus and other diseases.
Feed your garden
Never underestimate the power of fertilizers. Never stop feeding your soil. For your plants overall growth, keep fertilizing but before choosing a fertilizer do a little research on what kind works best for the plants you are growing.
You can always use containers
You love plants but don’t have enough space? No worries, you always can be a gardener with the containers. you can always use containers to grow some plants. Tomatoes, lettuce, mint grow well in pot too. Just keep them in a sunny spot and use a high-quality soil.
Be a consistent gardener
Do less but a little bit every day. Gardening needs consistent maintenance over time. You need to trim, deadhead, water, fertilize, weed, and more, all throughout the growing season.
Enjoy your gardening, this is a wonderful adventure. Don’t lose hope if you find it very intimidating. Take time to read and follow these tips. Once you succeed, you would love the whole process.
Enjoy your love for plants! Happy Gardening!