9 Gardening Tips For Beginners

On April 25, 2018 by Preeti

Having decided to start your own garden, you undoubtedly have a good many questions. You may feel like you are in need of some guidance in regard to starting a garden at your home. There are nine solid gardening tips for beginners that will likely prove helpful to you.

Good Soil And Proper Drainage

Good Soil And Proper Drainage
Two primary elements of starting and sustaining a health garden are good soil and proper drainage. The surest way to create and then maintain proper soil in your garden is to compost.

Composting need not be a time consuming or challenging task. Indeed, you can create compost with common things discarded from the kitchen. These include food waste, especially egg shells, coffee grounds, and apple cores.

Proper drainage is also important. You need to make sure that water does not pool in your garden and that excess drains away easily and swiftly. A heavy rain that overwhelms a garden can caused permanent damage to the plants.

Mind The Location

Select The Garden Location
Vegetables of different types require different exposure to the sun. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the sun exposure of where you intend to garden. You need to select plants that will thrive in such a location. Some people elect to have more the one garden plot. By taking this course, they are able to grow vegetables and other plants with differing sun exposure needs.

Proper Timing

Plant Growing Terms
Many people plant all vegetables, and other items, are the same time. The reality is that different vegetables have different growing terms and thrive under different temperatures. Therefore, you need to follow the planting protocols for each individual vegetable or plant that you will be adding to your garden. You need to access zone specific planting information for everything you want to include in your garden based on where you reside.

Beginning Plants

Beginning Plants
Some plants, including vegetables, are more challenging to cultivate than are others. Therefore, when you make your first foray into gardening, select plants that are easier to cultivate. Vegetables and that are easier to grow include: tomatoes, peppers, onions, chard, basil, and bush beans. Flowers that are easier to maintain include: sunflowers, dahlia’s, foxglove, roses, and petunias.

Appropriately Water

Appropriately Water
One of the biggest challenges for a new gardener is watering appropriately. Time and again, a new gardener can be found watering too much or not enough. Finding a happy medium can prove to be something of a challenge for a novice, but it is not impossible.

A fairly decent overall rule of thumb is an inch of water a week — but spread out over the course of a week. Different plants have different water requirements. The amount of water depends significantly on your climate, with more water needed in drier climates due to a faster evaporation rate. You need to keep track of rainfall when determining how much you need to water your garden.

Go Organic

Vegetable Garden Planning Organic
Organic really is an advisable way to go for a home garden. You can utilize organic practices for all aspects of your garden. These include soil preparation (compost!), fertilizing, and pest control. Garden plants that are fertilized, or treated with chemicals, can become weak and prone to disease, which ultimately defeats at least some of the purposes behind using chemicals in the first instance.

Trimming and Pruning

Trimming and Pruning
Obviously, you do want your garden to grow. However, you want that growth to be orderly and done in a healthy manner. This necessitates trimming and pruning for nearly any type of garden plant, vegetable or flower. In some cases, pruning may require only the regular removal of dead and dying leaves. On the other hand, some plants do require more expansive trimming throughout the season.

Jump Start Your Garden

Jump Start Your Garden
Plant seeds indoors before the beginning of the actual gardening season. In this way, you can plant healthy seedlings in your garden when the time is right to begin cultivating out of doors. Virtually any type of seed plant can be germinated and initially grown indoors for a later transplant to the garden.

Just Start

Gardening
Finally, one of the biggest problems associated with starting a garden is that many people just never start. They fret about a myriad of things and never buckle down and actually begin the process of gardening.

You do not need to cultivate some major garden as a beginner. Rather, just start small. Consider a container garden, near your back door. This provides you with an easy to manage, readily accessible garden that will not overwhelm you in the process.

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