Have you done gardening before? Do you want to build your dream field of blooming flowers and fresh vegetables? No problem, we will guide you through the Gardening Tips for Beginners.
Starting to build your garden can be exciting as well as challenging task. You will become the mother of your plants. You need to nourish them properly, only then you will enjoy being the parent of your plant kids.
In this blog, we’re going to share 10 fantastic Gardening Tips for Beginners. You’ll get a push to start gardening after reading this blog for sure. Be ready to get your hands dirty in the soil!
10 Gardening Tips For Beginners To Get Started
#1 Develop a plan for your garden.
To build a healthy, beautiful and enticing garden, you need to have a judicious plan. Most of the people don’t make a strategy which impairs their garden. Take note of the things below while planning for a lawn:
- Sunlight. Make a note of areas in your garden which receive abundant sunlight. The site receiving abundant sunshine is the best place to grow plants.
- Suitable plants for your region. India is an agricultural country with a tropical climate. In India, we can grow many types of indoor plants such as tulsi, aloe vera, money plants (money doesn’t grow on it), etcetera. Check which plant grows in Indian subcontinent
- Which type of garden do you want? Do you want a blooming garden filled with multicolor flowers? OR, Do you want to grow herbs, veggies and fruits? Determining the plants, you want to grow in your garden can save a lot of your time and efforts.
Those were the three basic things you must include in your plan to grow a beautiful garden.
#2 Choose the right spot
Choosing the right spot to grow your plants is vital. Developing a healthy garden is not a one time task. We need to nourish it consistently. Here are the five things you must keep in mind while choosing the spot to grow your plants:
- The area of your plants must receive 5 to 6 hours of sunlight.
- Heavy winds can affect your plants. Choose a place that doesn’t receive strong winds.
- Keep your planting spot within your sight so that you don’t forget about them.
- Accessible to water. Your planting area must be easily accessible to water to avoid dehydration of your plants.
- Keep your garden away from your dogs, pets and wild animals.
So, you got some ideas to choose the right spot! Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty in the soil!
#3 Pick the right fit for your garden
Region, climates and frost dates play a vital role in the growth of your plants. Do you want to grow healthy plants in your garden? Follow these three steps, and you’ll be well on your way of developing a healthy and shining garden.
- Understanding your region. Go to a local gardening shop and ask about the plants suitable for your region.
- Picking the suitable seeds or plants. Once you have an idea of the plants growing in your region, buy the suitable seeds/plants for your garden. Don’t hurry. Take your time and be clear about what you want to grow in your garden.
- Use Strategy#1 of this blog to create a plan. This plan will ease the process of choosing the right fit of plants for your garden.
Congrats! You’ve successfully understood the basic elements of growing your garden as a beginner.
#4 Nourish the soil
Soil plays a key role in the growth of your plants. The texture of your soil must be in a way that it gets easily crumbled in your hand and can be easily shovelled. Rocky soil or clay-like soil can refrain the roots of plants from growing. This can be dangerous for your plants. If you have rocky soil, till it and remove all the hard rocks from it. Organic manures and mulch can boost nutrients in the soil and promote the healthy growth of plants.
#5 Some basic must-have (and beginner friendly) gardening tools
Here are some necessary gardening tools which you must have to build a healthy garden:
- Spade, trowel and a garden fork. These three tools can ease the digging process for gardening.
- Pruning scissors. These scissors help in cutting unnecessary back plants, bushes and dead plants.
- Forked trowel and gardening knives. These tools help in removing the unnecessary weeds to prevent their growth.
- Garden hose and water can. Garden hoses are better than watering cans if you have bushes or big plants. In the premature stage of plants, watering cans are more preferable.
#6 Plant with utmost care
Planting, nourishing, and watering your garden is vital for its healthy growth. Practice these five healthy habits and grow a beautiful garden.
- Pick your native plants.
- Ask gardeners or peek into your neighbour’s garden to get an idea of suitable plants for your region.
- Give your plant a space to grow and flourish. Have a minimum distance of 5 to 7 inches between your plants.
- Place the seeds into the soil by 4 times the size of the seed. If the size of your seed is 2 cm, dig 8 cm deep and place the seed. Cover the seed with soil and water it with a can.
- While transplanting a plant from container to bed, dig two times the size of the root ball. This helps in the growth of the plant. Before transplanting your plant into the bed, add some organic fertilizer like crushed fruit peels to boost your plant’s growth.
Hurray! You’re well on your way to become proud parents of your garden!
#7 Use organic fertilizers
Organic fertilizers boost the growth of plants and nourish them. For a beginner who has never gardened before, using organic compost can be the best option. Compost is an organic material used to nourish and promote the growth of your plants. It can be anything from lawn trimmings, crushed fruit peels, vegetable peels, tea bags, grounded coffee, etcetera.
#8 Keep your plants hydrated
How to determine whether your plant needs water or not? Just touch the soil of your plant. If you don’t feel any moisture in the soil, your plant needs water.
Water is essential for the healthy growth of your plant. To keep your plants hydrated keep these four things in mind:
- Young plants require water daily.
- Older plants may require water in two or three days.
- Water must reach at least 3 to 4 inches deep into the soil.
- If water doesn’t reach the roots of your plant, your plant will not be able to grow and sustain. Don’t just water the leaves of plants, make sure water reaches the roots of your plant.
#9 Consider container gardening
Container gardening is the best way to start in less space and urban cities where we don’t usually get a place to build a garden.
Many types of plants can be grown in containers. Plants like tulsi, basil, aloe vera, chives, thymes support container gardening. Make sure you have proper drainage holes in your container. Without drainage holes, extra water will not be able to get out of the plants resulting in a waterlog. And waterlog can cause your plants to die.
# 10 Learn about your frost dates
Planting mangoes in the winter season will affect its overall growth, right? Planting before or after the season can deteriorate your garden. Also, remember the last average spring frost dates to avoid the premature death of your plants. Check the frost date of your region
These are the top 10 Gardening tips for beginners. I hope these tips will help you get started with gardening.
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