7 Gardening Tips For Beginners
A complete guide for beginners to start gardening from scratch
Wanna start gardening but have no green thumb? Here’s a quick guide for you to learn this art. Gardening is one of the most interesting and peace-giving practices all around the world. It’s an art, an art of nature that has profound effects on our senses and our health. The article by Nature-Based Therapies and Human Health states that Participants in the present study exhibited significantly increased levels of the brain nerve growth factors BDNF and PDGF as they performed twenty minutes gardening activities with low to moderate intensity. So if you’re a beginner and looking forward to learning this art we have here gathered for you the seven most basic gardening tips keeping it versatile. So without further ado let’s jump to tip number one.
1. The Gardening Zone
The first and the most important point before you jump into the world of gardening is choosing the right area or land for planting. Before you start planting let us tell you that not all plants grow everywhere. Every plant grows in its specific area based on its prime requirements; sunlight exposure hours, water supply, type of soil, soil pH, etc. So while choosing the gardening zone keep in mind that all plants are different and need a different requirement. It’s your choice to have a rooftop garden, a ground, or using gardening pots. Plants growing in different environments i.e ground, containers have kinda different mechanisms or methods. If said in one line it is to choose the gardening zone according to plants you want to grow. You can seek help from nearby nursery caretakers.
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2. Grab a Notebook
So after choosing the right area for gardening, the second thing you gotta do is choose the plants you want to fill your garden with. They can be your favorite flowers, if edibles, the ones that easily grow, or what the family loves to have every other day in the meal. Write the plants you wanna grow in the notebook. Furthermore, go on the internet search for the vitals of those specific plants such as hours of sunlight exposure, shadow, water requirements, and most importantly the compost: the soil type and the soil pH.
3. Choose Proper Soil for Gardening
If you’re a beginner you need to know there are several soil types and specific soil plants require for a specific type of soil. As you have noted all vitals of the plants you wanna plant in your notebook all you need to do is just test your soil. Send a soil sample to a nearby nursery and get to know the soil pH, nutrient levels. There are also at-home testing kits available in the market.
Consider testing the texture of your soil as well cause as said by Annette Gutierrez owner of Potted in Los Angeles “It should be easily shoveled and crumble in your hands”. Here’s a link If you want to know your garden soil.
4. Get the Gardening Zone Ready
You have the notebook in your hand with the names of the plants and their requirements. Now all you gotta do is simply complete those plant primes.
You need the right pen to write for your artworks: calligraphy, designing, etc. Likewise, you need the right tools to start up and maintain your garden. You might miss it but having essential tools would help you create a healthy garden. Here’s a click for knowing what tools you need to have.
5. Start Planting
Alright, now start planting. Make sure you have the right information in your notebook. The plants that need high sunlight exposure, exposure hours should be placed accordingly. Plants needing alkaline or acidic soil reading are to be placed in the right soil type. Compost requirements should be full-filled as per plant primes.
Know that if you have organized a container garden, the containers are also to be selected according to their texture, as they come in many shapes, colors, sizes. Plastic pots, wooden pots, troughs, tins, buckets can be used. The main purpose is to provide plants with adequate nutrients and drainage.
6. Check On
Stay easy, you have completed the process. Now all you have to do is check on your plants. Feed them regularly, water them. Watch them growing. One important factor you must keep in mind at this stage is to observe your plants: what benefits them and what does not, which of them needs how much sunlight. Keep them safe from pests. You can buy pesticides from a general store or can DIY it.
7. Be Patient
Last but not the least, the most important factor for gardening is to have patience, that is how you can get a green thumb. Good things take time. Let your plants take their time and grow well. Do not expose them to high sunlight or water them excessively to make them grow fast. If you do, let’s caution you that you may destroy it.
Gardening needs practice, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner. With some research and by applying it practically you can become a flower or vegetable gardening expert from scratch. The seven tips given above with clickable links provide you with a complete gardening book. So happy gardening beginners!