Gardening can be such a daunting task, especially for the beginners. However, the fresh produce will do wonders for your appetite. The extra labor will add to your body strength and fitness. It doesn’t matter if it is back yard garden, a tiny patio planter or a community/ joint garden. Watching your plants grow will also boost your self-esteem. What do you need to know for you to get started?
- Take time to do research on your region
Plants don’t just grow anywhere. Just take time to observe the kind of plants that proliferate in your area. Study the relative humidity, the sun exposure, the soil type, and overall climate. Knowing your region will help you make astute decisions on what to plant and the possible alterations that you could make to your microenvironment. You could also seek professional advice from botanical experts on plants that can flourish in your area.
- Do a research on plants
A good background on plants is always a plus. For instance, some plants are aggressive to others while some are root bound. Aggressive plants are very territorial. They will suppress all the other plants by spreading their roots all over the garden. This can be controlled by planting them in bottomless pots. This way, the roots will grow directly into the soil. Root bound plants on the other hand, are those plants that form a bulky network of root fibers that could block water entry. You can control this by guiding the roots outside the pot and gently clipping them with a knife if they are really tough. To avoid frustration, start with the easy plants such as vegetables. Sunflowers are always a good option.
- Assemble the tools
A good shovel comes in handy. Spraying it with a non-stick lubricant such as Teflon or Silicon will make shoveling an overly easy task. Any type of soil will easily slide off the shovel. For the large pots, make them lighter by adding a light material such as peanuts halfway. Place a light layer of landscape fabric on top of the light material before adding in the soil. Potting mix incorporated with peat moss or vermiculite is lighter. Paint the handles with a bright color that can be easily spotted amongst the plants.
- Have a plan
Develop a portfolio that you can update each season. Note down important information such as where you got the seeds and the location of specific plants in the garden. Planning will help prevent an overcrowded garden. With time, you will master the spacing allowing you to provide ample space in the coming seasons. Place the taller plants strategically so that they can block the shorter ones from direct sun exposure.
- Watering your garden
Over-watering your garden could be more dangerous than under watering it. Maintain an ample consistent amount of water throughout the season. Fresh plants will require more water. Watering early in the morning will allow the water to penetrate through the soil and also prevent fungal diseases.
- Do not despair
Perfect gardens take time and commitment to develop. Frustration could lead to overwatering and too much attention. Just provide the necessary conditions for plant growth and let them be.
- Moving potted plants
If you are using a car, line the back with a plastic wrap. Place a small step ladder on top of the wrap. Place the potted plants in between the rung compartments. For the wheelbarrow, create a flat space by fitting broad plywood at the back.