10 Gardening Tips For Newbies. Using our easy-to-follow Gardening Tips, Complete Beginners can also create a beautiful and healthy garden! It’s perfectly fine if you have not gardened ever before, don’t let the idea scare you. To get a beautiful garden we bring you 10 important tips. These tips will ensure you get a beautiful garden all year long. Be it an apartment or a mansion, you will never fail with these tips. Man has ever been in the lap of mother earth. We have a natural instinct to be in a green place. Let’s create your personal green escapade:
1.Location of your Garden
The place where you create your garden has to be where you spend most of your time. You also need to consider the availability of sunlight or use artificial light and grow lights. Grow lights are artificial lamps that help you grow in comparatively dark places or cold regions where access to the Sun is limited. They come in handy if you’re using non-native plants that need more Sun than what your area receives. A garden is also like a jewel to the house, so plan it where your house will look more attractive.
Soil is the key to getting your plants the right nutrition. Also, roots need to breathe, so soil density and moisture retention are very important. We would advise you to get a soil tester. They are cheap and you can check for PH levels, moisture, and sun exposure with it, using a flip switch. The soil should have a balanced mix of the soil with various accompaniments. For details on how to prepare the perfect soil, read: How To Make The Perfect Soil Mix.
3.Understand Water management
Water is life, and some plants need it more than others. Understand that it’s not necessary to have lots of water but adequate water when used with the right watering techniques. If you are planting water-demanding plants like banana groves, you can still save a lot of water by using a drip irrigation system. The drip irrigation system is very easy to set up and you can use timers to make it easy for you. You will not need to worry about watering the plants this way. People who away often use an automated watering system for their gardens. If you are away on weekends or on vacation, an automated system is a great way to water your plants and save them from death. Read more in our guide: How to water plants when away.
Your space may have specific sun exposure, also, it depends on the climate, location, and type of plants. These factors decide how much natural sunlight you need. For example, indoor plants may require less light and direct sun exposure. Some plants need as much sun as they can get. Tropical plants need more sun while cold region plants can do with little to no direct sunlight. So first plan your plants according to your climate and decide what the right way is to get the right amount of light. One can change roofing designs, install mirrors on walls, etc to increase sub exposure. To decrease sun exposure in a place is easier, adding awnings, coverings and shades are quite easy.
5.Planters and access to land
Out top 10 gardening tips will be incomplete without mentioning how important land or planter choice is to make the best possible gardening space. If you are lucky to have access to land in an independent house, it’s a blessing. Otherwise, you could use planters. Choice of planters can vary greatly on what you want to plant and where you want to plant it. Creepers would require different planters than larger trees for example. If you have more vertical space, you could use wall-mounted planters. You can also use balcony hanging planters, railing mounted planters, and huge stone planters if you live on the ground floor.
Considering the weight and size is important as per space available. Materials also vary if you use them outdoors. You may grow many plants in pots, like vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, berries, shrubs, and bonsai. Read our planters guide: How to prepare planters.
6.Go with your climate
It will be easier to manage your garden if you go with the native plants that exist in your climatic region. It is not necessary that you have to always go with 100% plants native to your region. Having most plants naive and some non-native is an easier way to keep variety as well as save time with gardening. Gardening can get exhausting if you keep a lot of nonnative plants as they will need more care and follow-up. Keeping a mix of 80-20, i.e 80% native and 20% nonnative plants is considered a good mix.
7.Choosing the right plants
Depending upon the factors listed below, make a smart choice of plants that you will sow in your garden. Here are the important factors that you should consider:
- The maximum height as per space
- Need for fragrance, beauty, and color
- Watering requirements
- Sunshine availability
- Need for an edible garden
- Special needs such as insect repelling, nighttime oxygen release, etc.
Potted plants, as well as land planted gardens, need a constant rejuvenation. After some time, plants would take up the soil nutrients and minerals leaving it depleted. It is a good practice to often conduct soil tests. After assessing the condition of the soil, it should be fertilized again with various different types of additives. Not all plants consume similar volumes of minerals and soil components. Some soils may be rendered acidic, depleted in calcium and magnesium, while most soils will need more NPK. Check soil again for the balance once you have fertilized.
Weeds will start to grow with your plants naturally. Most soils are loaded with weed seeds already while you add them to your garden. Outdoor spaces can be weed-infested sooner due to wind currents carrying weed spores and seeds from far away places to your location. Instead of using weedicide, we recommend keeping chemicals away and occasionally de-weeding your garden and planters by hand. Just a few garden tools and some free time can do wonders. Read our how to kill weeds in the garden article to address this in detail.
10.Let the roots breathe
Aerated soil is good soil, it is important to till your soil often and let the roots breathe. Be careful to not cut the roots of delicate plants. You can also use a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution to release more oxygen for plant roots. Be careful not to overuse it. So tilling is the recommended way with some Hydrogen peroxide solution often. Ensure that your planters are prepared well and have a breathable hole at the bottom. You can also read: how to prepare planters to get more insight.
So these were our 10 Gardening Tips for beginners. Hope you found them useful. please share the greenery by sharing this post and do leave your comments.