If you’re reading this, I doubt I’ll need to convince you how beneficial gardening can be for your mind, body, and soul. If I do, you can read about our reasons on how gardening can improve your mental and physical health here. So if you’re new to gardening, or are trying to give a beginner advice on gardening and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Setting Up is All About Location
Although you don’t need a giant plot of gardening space in your front or backyard, you do need to choose your space wisely. Consider how easily accessible the area is to lighting and water, as well as what kind of gardening plants you wish to grow. Depending on what you want to grow, you should choose your space accordingly. If you’re not sure of which plants to begin gardening with, you can easily find a container and place your garden anywhere you like, even indoors! Just be sure it’s in an area where it’s easily visible, as it’s easy to forget about your little patch of life.
2. Go with Organic Soil, You Can Thank Us Later
You may be a beginner, but you’re far from dumb. So you wouldn’t let the Home Depot salesperson sell you a bag of generic, chemical fertilizer to you, now would you? Your plants may not be able to express themselves, but they won’t like it nearly as much as organic soil and/or compost. Consider starting a compost pile or bin to get all of the benefits of organic, homemade soil. With organic soil, you’d be getting 100% natural material, minerals, and nutrients. Giving your plants organic soil lets them reap those benefits.
If you’re not completely sure about which plants you should begin growing in your garden, there are many options for you to choose from. Some plants even qualify as beginner plants, such tomatoes, onions, peppers and most herbs. Most flowers available at nurseries or flower shops are easy to grow and maintain as well.
4. Water and Sun
When it comes to watering your plants, it’s important to avoid overwatering them. Be sure your containers or flower pots have escape holes cut out at the bottom to allow excess water to escape the soil. Try to avoid watering the plant’s leaves as this can lead to mold. Also, be sure to have your plants in an area where there is access to sunlight, but not too much. Too much of anything is never good.
5. Maintenance Takes Time
Meaning, take the time out of your day to care for and maintain your garden. This includes pruning, watering, and regular maintenance to keep your garden alive and thriving. Trimming and pruning your plants will allow for proper air flow. There’s even plant food out there that can be fed to your plant’s soil. Just don’t forget about them, maybe even set a reminder for yourself.
6. Learn Your Dates
Growing the wrong plants at the wrong time can lead to a very unhappy gardener and very unsatisfied plant. It’s important to know which plants are suitable for which season so that you aren’t planting at the wrong time. Where you live in the world can also impact your garden’s growth and health, so be sure to gather your resources regarding this. A term to remember is the “hardiness zone,” this determines your area’s climate and whether or not it’s too cold for some plants.
7. Journals and Calendars
Consider keeping a journal or notebook to jot down any gardening ideas you may have. It’s a great way to keep track of any inspiration you may have as well as garden activity. A gardening calendar also helps keep you on track when it comes to maintaining your garden.
8. Start Small and Keep Things Simple
I hate to say it, but don’t get too confident too fast. If you’re a beginner, keep things simple and small. Having a small garden can teach you patience, calmness and tolerance. Don’t take on too much too fast, or your garden may not receive all of the attention it needs to survive.
9. Know Your Weeds
They’ll be your new best friend. Weeds are a common enemy amongst gardeners and lawn owners. It’s essential you know how to maintain and get rid of them without ruining any surrounding plants. Try an organic weed killer that is plant friendly.
10. Have Patience
Having proper maintenance and a calendar to keep you on track will help you have a quality, thriving garden. However, patience is key when it comes to gardening, as being too inpatient can ruin your garden altogether. Be sure to have patience, and your garden will respect you for it.