The Best Garden Advice for Beginners

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Gardening has been a part of human life since the dawn of humanity. Maybe, there was a period in recent decades when we got too overwhelmed with the development of technology and modern-day hobbies, and we put traditional activities such as gardening aside. However, this practice has continuously regained its popularity and today, more and more people from the younger generations give it a try.

Growing your own plants and vegetable is truly satisfying. It is not only a fulfilling experience but it also teaches us patience and persistence. There is a lot to know before you can successfully grow your dream garden. What and where to place certain plants, what to do beforehand, etc. In this short article, we will give you a few important tips on the beginning process that will help you succeed.

Step 1: Choose your type of garden

Before you get to the active part of gardening, you need to think up a few details. Your first decision should be on the type of garden you want. Do you want to grow your favorite flowers and create a colorful paradise or do you want to grow your own food? Once you have made up your mind, you can get to choose the site and the plants.

Step 2: Inspect your soil

Soil is not the same in the different climate zones and countries overall. Certain species require specific types of soil and will not grow well if you have a completely different soil. Therefore, you should inspect the texture or ask a professional about it. There are also test kits that you can purchase and find out all the nutrients by yourself.

If you have neighbors with gardens, you can simply take a look at their gardens to see what grows well and what doesn’t. Besides that, you can easily ask them for tips. In addition, you can always enrich your soil or buy your own from the gardening store and use it instead.  

Step 3: Choose the perfect site

According to basic human psychology, if you place your garden at a spot that is close to your eyesight, you will spend more time maintaining it. Of course, there is no doubt that you will maintain it but the more you see it, the more you will think about it.

Other than that, you should place it in a spot that has enough sunlight. A garden should not be under trees, for example. Of course, certain plants require more sunlight, others prefer shadier spots. Therefore, steps 3 and 4 (choosing the plants) should be done simultaneously. However, the majority of plants and vegetables require at least a few hours of sunlight to grow healthy.

Step 4: Choose your plants/vegetables

As I mentioned above, you should already have some ideas when choosing the site for your garden. Once you know the nutrient characteristics of your soil, you will have a shortened list of options for plants.

If you live in a warm country, you should look for plants that love warm climates. Sun-loving plants should be placed in the sunniest part of your garden.

When choosing the plants, you will most certainly have both annuals and perennials. Annuals are plants that have to be replaced every year and will grow only for one or two seasons throughout the year. Perennials, on the other hand, will grow for many years. This means you should not put these two types of plants close to each other. Otherwise, you will have to plant your annuals every year and interrupt the environment of the perennials that are close by.

If you want a vegetable garden, there are certain vegetables that go well together. This means that they can be placed closer to each other and you will have more space to work with. Others need more space to breathe.

Final Thoughts

There is so much more to know about growing a garden but these are the first steps. Even if you know all the basics and start correctly, there is one thing that you need to succeed – persistence. Your garden will need a lot of time and dedication. You cannot simply plant and leave. Start your garden once you are sure that you can give it enough time and love.