Gardening Tips for Beginners

Gardening Tips for Beginners

As Spring rolls in and the weather warms up, we find ourselves wanting to spend more time outside enjoying the sun. Although daunting to many new starters, gardening is the perfect way to enjoy the weather and is a great hobby for all ages. It is satisfying to grow fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs, knowing that you were the one that maintained and grew each plant. So, don’t fret! Follow our guide on six tips for starting a garden.

1. Start Small. If you are new to gardening, it is best to start a smaller garden that you are able to grow over time rather than start a huge garden that will become overwhelming in maintenance. Starting at the right size will give you time to learn the basics of not only the plants you are growing but learn about how things grow in the space you are using. It is recommended to start with a few large containers or up to a 10-foot garden. The amount of space needed will also depend on what items you are hoping to grow. If you are looking to grow just some fresh herbs, well that will take up less space. Whereas, several different kinds of vegetables will require a little more room.

2. Location Matters! There are several reasons to pay attention to the location of your garden. First off, depending on the plant you will want adequate sun exposure. Secondly, you will want the garden to be close to your house that way you are more likely to remember to tend to it. If you place the garden on the far corner of your yard, it will be easier to forget about your plants, out of sight and out of mind! Lastly, orient your garden from North to South to maximize sun exposure to each plant and prevent one plant from shading another one.

3. Grow what you like to eat! What ingredients do you find yourself using most? Growing a garden that includes all the fresh vegetables and herbs that you use often will help increase your productivity when it comes to tending to the garden. Keep in mind vegetables that can be harvested throughout the season versus ones that are harvested once.

4. Do Research! Different plants may have different needs. Make sure to take the time to read on planting seasons, sun exposure, container sizes, watering needs, and more. It is possible to provide too much sun exposure or to overwater your plants, so be prepared by reading about the plants you will be growing.

5. Use rich soil. When starting a garden, you will thank yourself for using good soil to provide nutrients to your garden as this will give an extra boost to grow your plants. Make sure not to pack the soil in too tight as this can create issues when the plants grow and cause the roots to rot.

6. Water, Water, Water! Frequent watering, in the beginning, keeps plants strong, especially in the summer months. If your garden is in a heavily sunned area, your plants will dry out faster and will need more frequent watering. Once plants are established it is best to give them a heavy watering every few days rather than a short mist every day. This helps the water penetrate deep into the roots and encourage continual growth.

Now get ready and start a garden of your own today!

-  By Alicia Valesey, Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Garden City Realty


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