Tips on How to Get Started with Gardening

Tips on How to Get Started with Gardening
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    Gardening is more than a hobby. Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way.

    You might simply want to try it out, but a real gardener is filled with passion about his yard.

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It might sound easy, but rest assured that there is a lot of ground to cover in order to become an expert gardener. It all, however, starts with basics. If you’ve been wanting to join the gardening society for some time now, but you don’t exactly know where to begin, these tips will help you get started.

Start Simple

Finding a suitable plot in your backyard isn’t easy, at least not for someone who’s lacking in expertise, when it comes to gardening. Instead of tackling larger surfaces, start with a container garden anywhere you like. With container gardening, it is easy to make sure that the soil is fertile and weeds are easier to remove. Place the container near your back door or a frequently used window. This way, your tiny garden is quite likely to succeed, which will serve as an encouragement for moving on to bigger challenges.

Keep the Location in Mind

Not all plants are the same, requiring equal amounts of sunlight, water or fertilizer. Some plants are shade plants, others require more sun, while some are partial shade or sun. This is the most important part of your plant’s description. Luckily, nowadays, the description information for your desired plant(s) is easily accessible – simply use Google, in order to remain informed. One ultimate solution for the sun exposure issue is placing your container garden on wheels or a trolley, so that you can move it around, in accordance with your needs.

Building up the Soil

One of the most important factors in pumping up yields is building up the soil. An organically rich soil makes for healthy, extensive plant roots, with an easier access to extra nutrients and water. This is the most important prerequisite for an extra-lush garden. Raised beds are your best bet for achieving that deep layer of fertile soil. Raised beds can be four times more productive than the plants planted in rows on the same surface. Efficient spacing and loose, fertile soil is the name of the game!

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Timing

As is the case with the amount of sunlight needed, plants vary in terms of the perfect planting time. You need to plant the right kind of plants at the right time, in order to succeed at your gardening endeavor. Browse around the Internet about whether the target plants will grow in your time zone and plant them at the right time of year.

Perfect Beginner’s Plants

Some plants are simply easier to grow than others. Seeing as how you are a gardening beginner, make sure you plant only these, as they are easy to maintain. These plants include: chard, onions, tomatoes, peppers, basil and bush beans. When it comes to flowers, choose sunflowers, roses, clematis, foxglove, dahlia’s or petunias. Your local plant nursery might have more info on this.

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Garbage

This might amaze you, but a lot of stuff that you consider garbage might turn out great for your garden. For example, using old newspaper for mulch is a great idea for vegetable gardening. However, if you aren’t particularly excited about the idea of something not-exactly-natural in your garden, you can always use the fallen leaves instead – if you have a tree in your garden (which is likely), there will be plenty of leaves for you to use.

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On the other hand, some garden garbage is best simply disposed, which is exactly where JNS skip bins might help you!

Watering

A vast majority of plants require plenty of water. This is especially so if you live in a hot, dry climate. Additionally, dampening the plant’s leaves should be avoided – the wet ones can rot and therefore make the plant sick. An inch of water on a weekly basis is the general rule of thumb, but you should definitely consult an expert when it comes to this. As mentioned – not all the plants are alike!

Growing a garden can be quite an endeavor, so starting small and working your way from there is the way to go! Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can explore other possibilities and, who knows, a couple of years from now, you might be growing a full-on garden in your backyard!

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Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to interior designs and latest DIY projects.