Gardening Tips for Beginners
There are many exact sciences but gardening is not one of them. Even seasoned gardeners make errors, so if you’re a neophyte, you need not be afraid. The following are tips that will make a good starting point:
Be observant and take notes.
This is very simple but useful advice for any beginner: observe the space you plan to use – very closely. How small or large is it? How windy does it get on an average day, and where does the wind normally blow? Is it sunny or shady? Which specific areas are the sunniest and for how long? Which specific areas are the shadiest and for how long? How are you planning to water the garden? Will you be able to use rainwater and how? What are the soil’s and the other nutrients’ pH levels? How can you take full advantage of the space? What is a typical temperature range in your area?
Try to provide the most accurate answers to the questions above. After knowing these important details, you automatically increase your chances of success as a gardener.
Invest in your soil.
When you have a healthy, organic and nutrient-filled soil, you have a productive vegetable garden. And to make plants draw the most nutrients and water, they need to do it from the depths of soil through raised bed gardening. With this technique, you can maximize your use of the space and even increase yields significantly.
Design and plan your garden well.
Know the needs of your plant, and plant them as efficiently as you can. For example, some plants writhe on the ground or climb on support, so installing nets, a trellis or grilles will make a huge difference.
Start with local.
Growing local plants is much easier, so you should start with them. Unlike exotic vegetables, which are very high maintenance, local vegetables are undemanding and will grow in nearly every soil type there is.
Water the right way.
Watering the right way gives your yield a boost and helps you avoid a lot of pests and diseases. The most efficient way of irrigating plants in a garden is with the use of soaker hoses and drip lines, because they bring water right where it is necessary and gives time for roots to draw it in.
Use pesticides with care.
Avoid chemical pesticides as much as possible because they are harmful and kill even the beneficial insects and pollinators. Instead, experiment with natural alternatives and see what works best. Some examples of natural pesticides include turmeric, chilies, insecticidal soaps and neem.
A common misconception among rookies is that the more you apply fertilizers to a plant, the better it grows. This is farthest from the truth. Overfertilization actually kills a plant’s roots!Overfertilization can actually kill the roots of a plant. Get your soil tested so you know what nutrients are going to help your plants.