Back when you were a kid, did you have gardening lessons or classes at school? Or did you spend a lot of time in the backyard garden with grandma? Well, back the days, gardening as we thought, is only about digging, planting and watering. The fact is, it’s way more than that because there are a lot of factors that needs to be considered in gardening, but it’s not that complicated. Most people would say that gardening is only meant for those with “green thumb” or people who were gifted with the ability to grow plants well. Let me tell you this, that statement is not entirely true. Even you, a beginner could be good at it.
Furthermore, as a beginner, I understand that you have that excitement deep within you before you start worrying about what would happen or what could possibly go wrong, you better start learning the basics. Gradually, you’ll get a hang of it and you could move on to the advanced steps or level of gardening. Here are five easy tips for beginners like you to think about.
1. Determine Your Region And Soil
Do you know your region? If yes, then that’s good, otherwise, you seriously have to know it. Determining the region you live in and the soil type in your area are the major rules of gardening. It’s paramount that before you start digging and planting, you already have information about it. The type of plants that you can grow is influenced by the region you live in and the type of soil in your backyard will promote the growth of the plants. Aside from that, you have to be familiar with the climate in your region in order for you to gain knowledge of which plants are guaranteed to flourish with the least maintenance on your part.
If uncertain, feel free to visit the local plant centers in your area and ask for additional guidance as well as expert advice.
2. Start With Low Maintenance Plants
In as much as you want to grow roses and tulips in your garden, it’s better to start with low maintenance plants. Why? It is because these plants are easier to grow and they don’t easily die or whither. As a beginner, it’s essential for you to start with low maintenance plants in order to harness your skills as a beginner and it’ll help you save money. Find low maintenance plants that grow well in your area and consider tip #1 before you make a choice.
Examples of these plants are Quartz Rose Verbena, Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce, Blue Lyme Grass, and Purple Prince Butterfly Bush.
3. Take Watering Seriously
After you have chosen your plants, it’s important that you take watering seriously. If you don’t do it right, it will be the end of your garden even for plants that are easy to grow. For gardening beginners, this task should be done consistently and at the correct time. Also, if you’re going to water your plants in the morning, it’s best to do it before the sun comes up too bright in order for them to absorb the water in an adequate manner. Proper watering conserves resources and time. To be sure, you have to learn the proper way of watering your plants by reading horticulture articles, surfing the internet, and asking local plant centers.
4. Soil Nourishment
Now, water isn’t the only nutrient that your plants need in order to thrive. It also needs a nutrient-rich soil which can be achieved through proper fertilizing. Fertilizers can either be natural or store-bought, and organic compost is way better and cheaper. Stick to household manure for compost and organically grown plants and create a bin to pile them up. You have to remember one thing about fertilizing your soil: don’t overdo or underdo it. The amount of fertilizer also depends on the type pf plans and soil type.
5. Patience Is A Virtue
Among the tips that we’ve mentioned, this is probably the most important thing that a beginner should possess is PATIENCE. Yes, a ton of patience is really needed. Gardening is a slow process and it can take a toll on your patience. You will encounter a lot of challenges along the way but no not overwater and fuss too much if plants do not grow as expected in a short frame of time. Be patient and it’ll be all worth it in the end.
See? Learning how to garden properly isn’t that hard. You just ought to start it in the right way and ultimately, you’ll be gardening like a pro. Start small, take it slow, and take one step at a time, certainly, the results will be as interesting as you hoped it would be. Imagine yourself surrounded by beautiful and colorful flowers, the green grass sitting under your feet and the autumn breeze that kisses your cheek – such a fantastic experience. Indeed, home is where the heart is, and if you have a garden, you’d have more reasons to stay and relax.