If you have gardening on your bucket-list then now is the best time to get started. While you’re at home, you could try gardening and experience the joy and benefits that come from it. Now if you’re wondering that you’re no expert, then don’t worry we have you covered. In this post, we will share with you the basics to help you get started.
o Determine the Type of Garden Plants
The first thing that you need to do is determine the type of plants that you want to grow in your garden. Do you want to grow vegetables, fruits or a flower garden with a variety of different flowers such as annuals, perennials, climbers and vines, bulbs and shrub trees?
Another begin decision that you need to make at this stage is whether you want to plant seeds or transplants. Seeds offer you more options and it’s easy to grow crops like beans, squash, radish and lettuce from seeds. This is a great option for novice kitchen gardeners. However, if you don’t want to use seeds, shop for transplants but make sure to select only lush plants that have lots of buds. Avoid mushy and withered plants.
o Gardening Required Soil Preparation
There are two ways to prepare the soil. One is to buy and add top soil, peat moss, and compost into your garden beds. But this can put a dent on your pocket. If you’re looking for a cost-effective approach, then you will have to dig straight into the ground. For this, you will need a digging shovel. It is quite useful for stirring compost piles and mixing potting soil. You can add peat moss and composted manure to increase soil nutrients and lighten heavy clayish soil.
Moreover, you can get compost from your yard waste, including plant stalks, twigs, pine needles and leaves. Even kitchen scraps make great compost such as fruit and veggie waste, egg shells and coffee grounds.
Remember that the initial preparation of the garden is often the hardest, but it becomes easy when you do it regularly and continue to add organic amendments in the soil. Also, two tips that we’d like to share here is that work with soil only when it is damp or dry, not wet; and that avoid walking on garden beds and compacting the soil.
o Be Gentle with Your New Garden Plants
Once your soil is prepared, now it’s time to plant. Get your transplants in the ground gently. Don’t pull their stems from the pot, as they are likely to break or get bruised. Also, before you put them in the soil, make sure to soak the roots and the hole in which it will be placed is bigger than the root ball. This is because the plant roots need space to spread. It helps them tap moisture and absorb the nutrients from the soil.
o Watering Matters but be Mindful
How you water your plants can make all the difference. This is what experienced gardeners across the board with beautiful gardens would agree to. Remember that, too much watering can hamper plant growth. Here are some to water mindfully:
Plants are basically created to live outside. When they are outside, they draw natural moisture from the earth so they don’t need to be watered daily. So, if you are gardening outside, poke your finger about two-inches into the soil around the plant to see if it is dry or wet. If dry, then add some water. Don’t over do it. An inch of supplemental water weekly sustains most of the plants in garden beds.
However, if you have newly planted seeds, then germination needs steady moisture, so consistent watering is key during this stage. Make sure to keep the soil wet and moist but not soaked heavily. Once or twice should be your weekly watering schedule. Also, during hot summer days if you see plants wilting, then pamper them more than usual.
o Invest in Quality Garden Tools
Regardless of whether you have an indoor or outdoor garden, you need to invest in some quality go-to garden tools. These are much needed to take proper care of your garden plants and ensure that they stay healthy and pest-free. Keeping plants healthy will further help with pest control. Pests and diseases can cause plant discolouration, and holes in the leaves. However, to prevent these issues, keep your garden tidy and trimmed.
Invest in a decent pair of shears. It will make cutting and trimming jobs around the garden simple, and fast. They are excellent for cutting tiny branches and thick stems. You will find them extremely useful when you want to cut thick vegetable stems in summers. In addition to this, they are also handy when putting the garden to bed or lowering plants for the pile. Their ergonomic design and easy action makes them easy to operate and comfortable. They are excellent for picking flowers, such as deadheading rose, bushes, and herbs.
ü Telescopic Loppers
When gardening on a large scale with fruit trees and shrub trees, we’d advise you to keep telescopic loppers in your garden tool kit. It’s great for pruning purposes. Its extendable handles and high carbon steel blade coated with Teflon make them excellent for pruning thick and large tree branches with sheer ease and convenience. Moreover, you can use the telescopic looper to cut through cramped spaces and tough deadwood.
For well-maintained and trimmed flowers and plants, use secateurs. It can also be used for shaping shrubs, woody plants and hedges. With high quality and carbon steel blades, you can ensure clean cuts with precision. We promise you with the right garden tools, your passion for gardening will increase even more.
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