New to gardening and feeling overwhelmed? Read below to find out the best 5 tips for the beginner gardener!
Are you new to gardening and feeling a little overwhelmed by everything? That was me a few years ago, almost to the point where I didn’t start. My first thought before I started to do dig deeper (pun intended) on my gardening research, I kept saying this to myself, “How the heck could putting plants the in the ground be so overwhelming?”.
The truth is, it can be if you aren’t careful. I submerged myself into learning all of the tips and tricks about gardening and I didn’t stop to think of the basics I needed to start with. We have to walk before we run, right? I think these 5 tips are going to help you, they helped me so much!
Tips for the Beginner Gardener
1.) Start Small – We all want to have that big and beautiful garden in our yards. The same exact ones you see in the magazine. However, it is possible to have that in the beginning because you are still learning and mastering the basics. Learn all of the tips and trick before you have a garden you have always dreamed of. Start with a small raised bed and then go from that. The next year, add another one. The year after that, add another or two more beds.
2.) Loosen the Roots – When I was doing research everyone was telling me to loosen the roots before planting. The best way that works for me is to loosen them with my fingers. Loosing the roots before planting helps the plant to adhere to it’s new spot better.
3.) Keep Crops Moving – You should never have the same crops in the same place every year. This helps to prevent crop-specific pests and diseases from building up. With rotating them every year, your plants will be healthier and bigger.
4.) Label Where Each Kind of Plant Is – As a beginner gardener, I constantly forgot the variety or even the name of the plant. People were always coming by and asking me what that is. I didn’t have a clue, I either said flowers on something edible. With my vegetable garden, I started to see what they were by what they looked like. Zucchini looks like zucchini. Right? After a couple of years with planting he same varieties as previous years, I still keep a notebook or spreadsheet where things are located.
5.) Soil Matters – Soil really does matter and for your plants to be happy and prosper, you will need to make sure your soil is perfect. You want to make sure your soil is soft and drains easily.
Do you have any basic gardening tips to share?