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 Beginner Gardening Tips

Gardening is not an exact science, as even the most seasoned gardeners often make mistakes, so novices shouldn’t be intimidated. 

Follow these beginner gardening tips.

  1. Know your region

It may sound a bit obvious, but not all plants grow everywhere, so what you plant will depend on where you live. Take a look at the characteristics of your garden, from sun exposure to climate. Talk to someone who works at your local garden center about which plants they advise you to take home based on your region. These specimens will develop better and you will not have to provide as much maintenance.

  1. Put your soil to the test

To get a comprehensive reading of soil pH and nutrient levels, send a sample to your local nursery. The results will tell you how acidic or alkaline your soil is, which affects how nutrients are absorbed by plants. Since different plants thrive best at different pH levels, this test will help you decide what to plant in your garden, or how to treat the soil. Examine the texture of the soil; If it is very clayey, it will be difficult for plants to grow in it. Add fresh soil, mulch, and compost and aerate as much and as deeply as possible before planting.

  1. Grow easy plants

Growing vegetables is a fun way to get into gardening. They do not take that long to grow, so if you make a mistake, you will not have wasted months and months of your time. Sunflowers, meanwhile, grow rapidly just like ferns.

  1. Do some research

Research the plants first so you know exactly how big they are going to be and how to distance them from each other. Perennials, which are those that live for more than two years, must be 54 cm apart. This allows enough room for them to grow healthily. It is also essential that you know how tall your plants will grow. The lowest and creeping plants must always be in front and the highest ones at the back.

  1. Write it all down

Take an agenda or a diary and write down everything you consider necessary and keep track of the activity in your garden.

  1. Set a schedule

In spring I start to fertilize all the plants and I do this every month and a half or two months during the growing season of the plants, which generally ends in autumn. In the fall, after the intense heat has passed,  prune trees and shrubs and if you want a bulbous plant to grow next year,  do so now  in spring. In winter prune woody plants and roses before the first frost.

  1. Water carefully

Water consistently, that is, regularly and enough to keep the compost moist, but not waterlogged.

  1. Continue with maintenance

You may not have to do it every day, but proper maintenance is the best thing you can do for your garden, and certainly the most rewarding. Spend your time removing weeds and pruning your plants.

  1. Be patient

Gardening is a process. It is not something that happens in a single day, it takes time. Impatience could make you water too much. Keep an eye on them regularly, but unless you notice something is wrong, let them be.

 

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