No one is born a gardener. Like other skills in life, it is one thing that you can learn. With willingness to be the best, you can have a green thumb and grow plants in your own garden. Do you need help on how to be a gardener? Keep on reading the rest of this post and I will provide you with insights on some of the rules that should also serve as your guiding principles. I have personally experienced having dying plants at my garden. But this did not give me the reason to give up. I kept on trying and eventually, I mastered gardening. Now, with confidence, I can say that I am a good gardener and I will share with you some things that can help you be the gardener you have always wanted to be.
Plan your Garden
One of the most important rules in gardening is to make sure that you plan in advance. If you proceed without a plan, you will end up with a garden that looks confusing. In this case, some of the things that should be taken into consideration when planning a garden include the following:
- Choose the specific space that will be used as a garden. An outdoor space is always a good choice. However, if you do not have the luxury of space, you can consider an indoor or vertical garden as an alternative.
- Plan the bigger plantings that should be used. One of the first things that you should do is to plan the foundation plantings that should be used, such as the shrubs and the trees. This is going to set the tone of the garden you will build.
- Consider your wants and needs. Do you need a garden with edible plants, such as fruits and vegetables? Do you want a garden with beautiful flowers, shrubs, and vines? Consider these things before you get started with the actual plan of the garden.
Schedule a Maintenance
Gardening is not just all about the right choice of plants. It is a long-term endeavor. In order to have an attractive garden, patience is going to be essential. Remember, plants are living things. Just like humans, they need tender loving care in order to thrive, especially in tough and uncertain environments. Never neglect the lawn. Regular watering of the plants, as well as pruning or trimming, should not be missed. Check out for any signs of pest infestation. Use fertilizers if it will prove to be necessary. Regardless of how busy your schedule is, if you are really serious about gardening, you must be able to find a time to maintain the garden. This should not be hard if the garden is just small. If it is big, do not hesitate to ask help from other people.
Soil is Life
When it comes to gardening, soil is perhaps the most important. It is one that can be highly indicative of your success or failure. If you are a novice gardener, try your best to research about the type of soil that is best for your specific choice of plants. You can also start your own compost to take advantage of natural fertilizers to make the soil richer in terms of the nutrients that are needed by plants to survive.
Water it Right
Like in the case of soil, water is another important factor in the survival of plants. Nonetheless, make sure that you do not overwater the plants as this can kill them. Keep in mind that different kinds of plants have different water requirements. Ask others or do your research to know how often you should have the plants watered. In the summer months, potted plants should be watered daily. It will also be best to have the pants watered early in the morning as this is the time where absorption is better because the ground is cool.
Nourish your Plants
Like a parent raising a kid, you should concentrate on how the plant can grow as healthy as possible. The right choice of soil and watering regularly will help, but that is not all that matters. Water-soluble fertilizers are commonly used. It is also important to take out weed from the plants in order to avoid such from damaging the good parts of the plant. If you have tall plants, make sure to provide support. Your time is going to prove to be of utmost importance in nourishing plants and making sure that they grow.
Know Your External Environment
Even if you have a rich soil and even if you water the plants regularly, if the external environment is not suitable for the plant, you will end up being frustrated. With such, make sure to first research about the types of plants that will survive in your environment. For instance, in mild winter, peonies will not survive. Consider the heat tolerance or cold resistance of the plants that you should choose. Better stick to all-weather plants that can survive even in the toughest environments.