Five Habits of A Successful Gardener

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‘Great gardeners aren’t born—they’re developed slowly over time.’


Gardening is not only a relaxing activity for many people but also a great way to take control of your own food need. It is a step towards organic eating and lowering your carbon intake. Thus one needs to know its precise ways and means for becoming a successful gardener.

While there are countless other tips, tricks and traits of successful gardening, these are the five habits every gardener needs to have to keep their garden healthy and happy.

Habit #1: Use compost

  • It is rightly said that “Mother Nature never throws anything away.”
  • Compost is considered “black gold” because of its many benefits in the garden
  • It’s easy and correct to assume that compost’s other name is bin, which is a layer very important to the soil.
  • Spreading the compost around the plants can protect the plants from infectious diseases.
  • Instead of paying a company to haul away leaves, you can compost the leaves and return the nutrients to your garden.

Habit #2: Mulch

  • Mulch is a material (such as decaying leaves, bark, or compost) spread around or over a plant to enrich the soil.
  • The best time-saving measure a gardener can take is applying mulch.
  • Mulched gardens are healthier, more weed free, and more drought-resistant
  • Thus less time is spent in watering, weeding, and fighting pest problems.

Habit #3: Weed early and often

  • Spending ten minutes a day on plucking out tiny sprouts of weeds is better than an hour spent on heavy digging to remove rooted weeds just on the weekends.
  • As weeds grow, they are fruitful and multiply as well.
  • Early detection and rapid response saves time and money.
  • Kill them and kill them early and often.

Habit #4: Wide Beds

  • While planting your garden be sure to use wide beds.
  • Wide beds create the space for your crops to grow and make it less competitive for the plants in terms of feeding off the soil.
  • Wide beds will also help you build up your soil over the years.
  • Wide beds not only increase production but also save time and money.

Habit #5: Purchase good quality tools

  • Make sure that the tools are of the right size and weight for you.
  • One can mostly do the garden work with a spade, fork and trowel.
  • Stainless steel is preferable as it doesn’t rust, and the wooden handles can be replaced when necessary.
  • A good tool can last a lifetime.

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