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Cultivating a garden can be a most rewarding hobby. Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant, or a fan of sprucing up public spaces, watching green things bloom never gets old.
It is a mystery that most of us are happy to observe throughout our lives.
Plants can be very sensitive and, just like humans, need different environments and situations to survive and thrive.
Gardening is also one of the most therapeutic activities there is. In fact, the psychological benefits of horticulture include a sense of connection, self-esteem, less anxiety, and healthy emotional release.
If you’ve never gardened before, there’s no better time than the present. There are some basic gardening tips and tricks that can help you become a better grower.
Here are six easy ways to get your hands dirty:
1. From black thumbs to green thumbs
Do you love the idea of being able to take care of your own garden, but it seems like every time you start one, everything dies?
The curse of the dreaded black thumb is part of the process. No one starts out as an expert gardener.
It takes practice, patience, and experimentation to learn more about your own personal ecosystem. Put on those gardening gloves and start planting, but write down all the lessons along the way.
During this interesting journey, you will learn about your garden, the plants, the seasons, the soil, the insects, the water systems and the light-dark relationship with growth.
2. Location, location, location
Much like starting your own business, creating a thriving garden has a lot to do with where you put it. Look for a spot that will regularly meet your gaze as you move in and around your home.
A good garden needs a lot of attention, so if it’s out of sight it can be easily overlooked.
Also, be sure to find a location that has a good balance of sunlight and shade.
You will learn as you go that some plants need more than others, but a little of both is generally healthier.
3. Good soil, better soil
A garden is highly dependent on the nutrients plants can access from the ground. If you don’t have good soil where you live, it’s a good idea to invest in some soil by buying (or composting) decent topsoil and using nitrogen-rich compost to layer the beds. garden strips.
Healthy soil is full of good nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, and calcium, to name a few.
If you don’t have chemistry skills, the garden section of your local store or the experts at your local nursery will be happy to advise you on the right choice.
Note that not all gardens have the same elements and you should take note of which plants grow well in your type of soil (some types are sand, clay, or silt, for example).
4. Be careful with water
Overwatering is probably the number one rookie mistake for new gardenerswhether they are gardening in town or in the countryside.
We tend to think of plants as needing plenty of water and sun, but many are actually better suited to a bit of both.
Plants are made to thrive throughout the seasons and outdoors, so they adapt to squalls of rain, occasional sunshine, and fluctuating temperatures.
It’s not always about saying that the more sun and water, the better. Plants can abuse it, just like people.
It’s possible that humans are consuming too many kale shakes, no matter how healthy it may seem.
- Watch how your plants look and you will begin to learn how to better balance moisture and light throughout the seasons.
- Pay attention to drainage, morning or afternoon sunlight angles, and wind factors for each location in the garden.
5. Know your zone
When to plant is just as important as where you plant. If you don’t grow indoors in a controlled environment, your plants will be at the mercy of the elements.
Find out about the area in which you live to optimize your chances of success in the garden.
Each region of the world is assigned a different “zone” in which different climatic characteristics determine what plants can be grown and when they should be planted.
Learning which zone applies to your area is a great start to having a successful grow cycle. Over time, the cycle will become second nature to you and you will know your planting seasons perfectly.
6. Skip convention
Finally, don’t worry about conventional methods when creative methods work just as well. Try stuff. Some will work and some won’t, no matter how “correctly” you garden or how much expert advice you follow.
If you want to remove the seedlings with a spoon instead of a spade, do so.
If you want to use yoghurt pots as seedling starters (to grow from seed to seedling until the plants are big enough to replant), then do it – what a great way to recycle plastic!
It will soon become apparent what works and what doesn’t anyway.
As long as he grows up, anything goes!
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for freshness and consistency.