Finally, after so much thought, you’re ready to take the first step toward your hobby – gardening. But, you’re probably aware that gardening is not just about planting and watering.
You must consider a lot of things to raise these green babies. And anyone can easily get confused about it… so, don’t be shy and let this guide help you!
1. Choose The Right Spot.
While gardening, the first step is to pick the perfect spot for your plants. Choose your favorable space with these tips.
- Make sure the place is not too big.
- Plants must receive 6 hours of direct sunlight to grow properly. Some herbs like spinach can also grow in a partly shaded area, so choose accordingly.
- Ensure that the spot doesn’t face strong wind regularly as it destroys young plants and restrains pollinators from doing their job.
- The spot must be close to your house because it needs frequent watering and caring. So if it’s not in your sight, you may forget about it, and the plant will die.
2. Plant It Near A Water Source And Water It Based On Its Needs.
It is best to run a hose to your garden instead of bringing water every time in a bucket.
If you are unsure whether your plant is thirsty or not, push your finger 1 inch down into the soil. If it is wet, it doesn’t need watering. If it’s dry, it’s time to water the greens.
However, you might damage the roots with overwatering if you’re unaware. But don’t be scared; let’s see how to avoid it here.
- Take some time and allow the water to reach the depth of the soil.
- It’ll get moist 4 inches below the surface.
- Young plants need regular water to maintain root health and grow appropriately.
- You can water adult plants once every 2-3 days.
- Don’t forget to check the soil every 4 hours during summer to understand if the plants require water.
3.Pick The Perfect Soil.
The quality of soil is not the same in all areas. It must contain rich nutrients to help the plant grow. You can organically infuse nutrients in the soil by placing tea compost, vegetable peels, egg shells, etc. Avoid giving fresh manure in the soil as it can destroy the plants. Instead, use compost for 12 months.
Understand if the soil is healthy or not with these steps
- Good soil is easy to shovel.
- It will crumble in your hands.
- If the texture of the soil is like clay and the surface is hard, the plant will face root growth issues.
- If the soil contains rocks, remove them.
4. Select Favorable Plants
Not every plant grows in every weather condition. So, purchase plants that can grow in your environment. Conduct in-depth research to find out what plants grow in your weather.
Further, while buying seeds, consider the place where you’ll plant them. For example, pick plants that don’t require much heat if it is shady.
You can also check your neighbors’ gardens to know which plants grow favorably in your environment.
Use seeds to plant vegetables, but some veggies like tomatoes and eggplants require transplants to grow in a homely environment, so keep that in mind.
5. Purchase Gardening Tools
You must invest in beginner-friendly Garden Tools, including pruning scissors, spade, trowel, garden fork, hose pipe, watering can, forked trowel, and gardening knife.
Pruning scissors help you cut off dead parts of plants. Spade and trowel help you dig holes for the seed. Garden forks are great for clearing the roots of old plants and breaking large clumps of soil.
For small gardens, you don’t need a hose pipe. A watering can is enough for the job. Always keep a forked trowel and gardening knife to pull out weeds.
6. Follow Spacing Guidelines Of Plants.
Most plants eventually grow into trees, so they need sufficient space for healthy growth. Research more on spacing guidelines for a better understanding.
Over To You…
Other than following these tips, decide on the type and size of garden beds to reduce your gardening labor. Remember to plant them 4 times deeper based on the seed size. Don’t forget to cover it with soil; otherwise, it will get wasted. And don’t forget to enjoy your time in nature!