Love to garden but hesitant how to begin ? Here are some beginner gardening tips.
Get an idea. What garden do you prefer? Is it going to be a vegetable garden? Or a flower garden?
Just remember its better to be proud of a small garden than to be failed grandly.
Know Your Place. Not everything grows everywhere, so what you plant may determined by where you live. You’ll need to know which parts of your yard are best suited to different plants. Figure which spots get sun and shade throughout the day. Almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours full sun each day. But many plants tolerate shade.
Ask someone from your local garden center to find out how much sun a plant requires and the best plants for your region.
Test Your Soil. To learn more about your soil , have a soil test.
Send a sample to your cooperative extension office. The result of alkaline and how acidic your soil is, affects how plants absorb nutrients.
The soil texture should be easily shoveled and crumbled in your hands. If your soil is super hard or clay-like, it needs a boost.
Add fresh soil, mulch, compost, decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure.
Pick Your Plants. Start with easy-to-grow plants. You can pore over catalogs, head to the garden center, or you can even surf the internet to choose plants adapted to your soil, climate, and the sunlight in your garden.
It is important to know how big they will get and how high your plants will grow to avoid crowding and to know how to space them accordingly.
Put Them In The Ground. Some plants are easy to grow from seed. You can sow them directly in the garden. Be sure to read the seed packet for information. Or, an easier method is to buy young plants, called transplants or set plants. Dig a hole and plunk them in the ground.
Water Carefully. Seedlings should never dry out, so water daily while they are small. New transplants also need to be watered frequently until the roots become developed and established. To minimize evaporation, water in the early morning. If you water in the evening, your plants might be prone to fungus.
Good Job! Your garden is on its way. You might not have a lot of work everyday. Keep watering when needed, pull weeds, and check what’s going on with the roots if you notice stunted growth.