Gardening can seem a little intimidating when you think about everything you need to know to set up a garden and make it successful.
The trick many people don’t know about gardening is that you mustn’t know everything. What you need is relevant information on your gardening niche and the specific plants you want to grow and you are good to get started.
This means you have to identify the type of garden you want to have and a shortlist of suitable crops to grow on your garden otherwise you’ll spend considerable amount of time poring over irrelevant information.
Here’s a beginner’s guide to gardening.
Before you get started, you need to choose a site for your garden. The location of your garden is vital since it determined the kind of crops you can grow and how well they should do.
If you garden is within your home, the walk around and choose a spot that gets the maximum exposure to direct sunlight yet is not too exposed to strong winds that may affect the growth of your plants.
While at it, collect a sample of the soil and take it for testing. Lab tests are a better indication of whether the soil can sustain plant growth and what you need to do to improve it. The check for qualities such as drainage, pH value and fertility.
Mygardeningnetwork.Com recommends that your garden should be near a water source if plan on planting water-thirsty plants.
Decide on the purpose of your garden
What do you want to do with your garden? If you are starting a garden for landscaping then your choice of plants and the approach will different from when you want a vegetable garden to supply your family with fresh produce.
There are different flower plants and garden designs to choose from when landscaping. You can use a lot of creativity in a flower garden whereas a vegetable garden is usually more practical since the goal is to get enough yields to field your family.
The bigger your garden, the more time and energy you will spend maintaining it. You can easily get overwhelmed if you underestimate the effort and time required in maintaining a garden.
As a beginner, start with a small garden with a few plants and use that to learn the ropes of gardening before gradually expanding the size of your garden and increasing the number of plants you have. Do not plant more than two plant species when you are starting out.
The effort to spend in maintaining your garden depends on the crops you plant. Some plants are vulnerable to pests and diseases and also require regular watering while others only need occasional attention and can survive on their own.
While watering your plants, it is important to use the correct technique. Avoid watering the leaves since it can lead to spreading of diseases as well as rotting of the leaves. Watch out for yellowing of leaves which can indicate dehydration as well as overwatering.