Gardening is rewarding both as a hobby and an economic activity. If you are looking to pick up gardening because you need an activity to decompress over the weekends after a hectic week or to add to the aesthetics of your home or feed your family fresh organic produce without the associated high costs, you are in the right place.
You don’t need to have an enormous space to start gardening. You can start your garden in pots and containers. As a beginner you need to gather as much information as you can about gardening from books and online resources like My Gardening Network. This helps you make an informed choice on which type of garden to have and the plants to grow depending on your needs and lifestyle.
Here are other gardening tips that beginners need to know.
In the planning phase you gather all the materials you need to set up your garden. This is information you can get on the web or from local government agencies.
The information you need to know include the weather patterns of your region, the garden plants that thrive under such conditions and possible risks for your plants.
You also need to come up with a budget since the seeds, gardening tools and inputs cost money.
The site for your garden should somewhere exposed to the sunlight. This is because most plants need between 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily in order to grow and stay healthy.
In this regard, avoid places near trees where besides fighting for nutrients with your garden plants, the trees provide a shade cover hindering sunlight from getting to your plants. On the same breathe, also avoid to the blind side of your house where the shadow falls.
Since you will need to water your plants during the dry months, the ideal site should be near a water supply to make your work easier.
Sandy and clay soil are unsuitable for gardening because they have poor drainage which affects the health of your plants. The best type of soil is loam soil with a good drainage and sufficient nutrients to support plant growth. The soil should be rich in organic matter.
Different plants need different conditions to grow. As such, your choice of garden plants is determined the climate of the place you stay. This is true regardless of whether you are planting a flower garden or vegetable garden.
Find out which plants grow best in your area from your neighbors or the agricultural department. If you are given a list, don’t plant everything therein. Instead go for one or two that tickle your fancy and you can always increase the size of your garden and number of your plants as you get the hang of it.
Pest and weed control
Space your plants well to avoid pests and diseases. The right watering technique is also important in preventing the spread of diseases in your garden.
Mulch your garden to help in soil temperature regulation as well as preventing the growth of weeds.