You know I love (hate) to garden and plant a decent size (but not huge) vegetable garden every year.
You also know that my garden supplies almost all of our vegetables for the year.
Even if you are in the midst of cold, rainy, snowy winter, now is the time to start thinking about spring and gardening.
Besides, spring gardens are happy thoughts…
If you haven’t been a gardener in the past this guest post can help to get you started. If you already are a gardener, you may find some new, useful tips.
4 Things you shouldn’t forget about when you start gardening
Gardening may seem like a tedious hobby that not everyone likes. That’s true, gardening isn’t for the lazy. It’s tiresome, exhausting, and frustrating, but only at the beginning. Starting a new garden is every bit intimidating especially if you’re clueless on how to begin. But don’t worry, once you get the hang of it and learn the basics, you’ll grow to be more interested about the craft. You would have a better appreciation of nature, and more knowledge about plants. Your health will benefit too. According to AARP.org, gardening increases your exposure to Vitamin D which helps increase Calcium levels in the body. Gardening also lowers the risk of Dementia, is an enjoyable exercise, and improves your mood.
If you’re looking to start gardening this year, here are 4 things you shouldn’t forget:
- Start small
Don’t get too excited about gardening and go all out in a big footprint. If it’s your first time to dabble in gardening, start with a small patch of soil and get to know it well. A small area helps you focus better. Get to know your garden and how it reacts to your climate. Observe your garden and how it grows. Also, decide how much time you are willing to spend tending to it. Decide what kind of garden you want. Do you want a flowering garden or do you want to plant fruits and vegetables? Don’t attempt to plant more than you can manage. Start small and grow bigger as needed.
- Let the sunshine in
Sunshine is very important to a lot of plants. The sun acts as a light and energy source for a lot of plants. They need sunlight in order to grow and live. The amount of sunlight a plant needs depends on where you intend to keep them and also its type of species. Generally, plants need an average of 6 hours of sunlight per day. But it still varies depending on its type. Some plants need full sun exposure, white some can thrive in the shade or with partial sun only.
When you choose your plants, it’s important to know the hours of sunlight it needs. It’s best to ask a garden specialist from the store you’re buying seeds or plants from. As a starting gardener, it’s crucial to know the effects sunlight on your chosen plants. Too much sunlight could cause browning and wilting. Too little sunlight on the other hand, and your plants could suffer from etiolation or extended growth as it attempts to reach a light source.
- Water well
Water and sunlight are two very important factors in any plant’s health. Having enough sunlight isn’t enough if you don’t water it well. Plants have different water requirements, so it’s important to know this information as well when you plant a garden. Vegetables for one, need a lot of water. Certain fruits also need to be watered often. Some good advice is to water during the morning to minimize evaporation, and to water the roots slowly and deeply.
- Pick your favorites
When you have decided what type of garden you want, it’s time to pick the plants you’ll grow. Consider your location, weather, and soil condition when gardening. You want to get those that are easy to grow and maintain if you’re a beginner. If you want a flowering a garden, Zinnias, Marigolds, and Pansies are some of the prettiest and easiest to grow. For vegetables, lettuce, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes are all beginner friendly and easy to maintain. Choose flowers or vegetables your family will love and you’ll find yourself hooked on gardening in no time!