Gardening Tips for Beginners

Top 8 Gardening Tips for Beginners

Maintaining a beautiful garden is really hard, but with these brilliant gardening tips you can work more efficiently and bring down the costs. 

The rewards of gardening are amazing, fresh Vegetables and air, and beautiful plants are just some of the most amazing rewards you can get. But starting your first garden can be hard and it can feel overwhelming. Luckily, we are here to tell you what you need to know, and the best way to learn gardening is by simply doing it. So, here are top 8 tips to help you design and start your garden on the right foot. 

Planting Site

Planting Site sunlight

Make sure to select an area where it receives at least six hours or more of sunlight. vegetables, fruits and herbs do best in full sun and are also less susceptible to diseases and pests. Remember plants use the sunlight for energy so the more sun they receive, the more productive they will be.   

Garden Location

Garden Location

when you’re selecting your planting site make sure that it’s located where will see it on a daily basis so that way you are more likely to tend to it and work on your garden. 

Water and Tools

Water and Tools

Make sure that your water source, equipment and garden tools are easily accessible so that way you can tend to your garden. You can also consider installing an irrigation system. 

Soil

Soil for garden

Start with good soil. You want the right bloom with the correct ratio of sand, cley and organic matter. Having these qualities in the soil will promote good drainage, aeration and porosity as well as water in nutrient retention and remember the microbes such as fungi and bacteria as well as macro organisms such as earthworms, brown beetles and other insects will help decompose the organic matter in the soil, making the nutrients accessible to plants. 

Mulch

Mulch

Mulch will help prevent weeds from growing and also retains moisture, protects the microbes in your soil and over time it’ll break down and feed the soil and your plants. When mulching fruit trees and shrubs, make sure to keep your wood chips or whatever mulch you’re using away from the main stem or trunk which can harbor diseases and or pests. 

* Other materials you can use to mulch a garden are some dry grass clippings, dry leaves, hay or straw but we primarily use wood chips because they’re really good for the plants. 

Plant Varieties

You should always grow plants that do well in your climate. plant selection will also apply when you’re growing from seeds. a lot of the big-box chain stores will sell seeds that may not grow well in your area. So just make sure to do your research before committing to buying seeds especially if they don’t grow in your region, that way you don’t waste time and money and remember always to check with your local nursery, look for local seed shops online or stores that most likely will offer seeds or plants that grow well in your climate. 

Hardiness Zone

planting Hardiness Zone North America

Always know your hardiness zone. This will help you choose plants that perform well in your climates. If you live in the US you can use USDA hardiness zone map. It divides North America into eleven separate planting zones. a warmer climate will have a higher zone number where a cooler climate will have a lower zone number and will have lower average temperatures in the winter. 

*When you buy a plant, the plant tag usually includes a lot of important information such as the hardiness zone, how much water and sunlight the plant needs and etc.  

Container Gardening

Container Gardening

Even if you don’t have a yard you can grow plants in containers, just make sure that when you’re selecting containers, the container is big enough to support plant growth. When you’re growing in containers it’s a good idea to know the mature size of your plant, that way you can select a pot that’s big enough to accommodate their growth and production. you can also grow fruit trees in containers just make sure that the containers are large enough for the plants. 

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