Starting gardening for the first time, but not sure where to start or what to do? Gardening is one of the most fun and productive activities. It doesn’t just make your front yard look pretty, it also relaxes the mind and has a psychologically nourishing effect on the mind. What’s more, it can also be turned into a family activity which can be fun and bonding as a team. There is nothing to feel apprehensive about if this is your first time. There is a first time for everyone and if you start with the easy ones first you will soon get the hang of it and before you know it you will be an expert helping and advising your friends. So here are some simple tips to get you started.
Take a look at the area you have. Observe a day how much of the sun is reaching the ground and take note of the directions. You might also want to research a little about the kind of winds your locality has, where they come from and how they would affect your garden. Also take note of the rainy days. Is there proper drainage for the rain water, how is the ground sloped. If there is no proper drainage, you should consider planting on raised beds. Plan your garden in an area that is convenient for you to take care of. Once you get a good idea of how things work you can consider complicated landscaping.
You can also try potted plants which are comparatively mobile and can be moved inside in case you haven’t prepared for adverse weather conditions. Some plants are also happy with partial shade and don’t require as much sun which you can have indoors.
Choosing What to Plant
Some plants require more care than others. Try to consult the seller about how hardy the plants you want to buy are. You can also consult any of your friends and neighbors about their garden and what they suggest you try in the beginning. Choose the ones that will grow without a lot of attention at first. That way even if you forget to water or fertilize, there might not be any significant problems.
A rich fertile soil is perfect for the plants to grow a healthy root system and be properly nourished. If you feel that your garden’s soil is not good enough, you can always purchase the soil and use them in raised beds. Having raised beds also saves a lot of space as you can have more plants in the same space, to some extent it prevents bugs from having easy access at ground level and also helps with proper drainage.
Placing a layer of mulch is a good way of protecting the plant’s root system. The mulch insulates the ground from extreme heat and cold and at the same time creates a favorably humid environment for the roots to be happy in. If you are using organic mulch, then the lower layers tend to gradually degrade and would help nourish the soil.
Water, Fertilizers and Pesticides
Water is the most important part of plant food, apart from sun light and other nutrients. Watering the plants regularly, and using fertilizers to nourish and pesticides to prevent the bugs will help improve the plant’s yield, growth and disease resistance. However, try not to overdo them.
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