Gardening is making a comeback—and in a big way! More and more people are getting into gardening and are not afraid to dig deep and get their hands dirty. With kitchen gardens and flower beds becoming trendsetters, people are rediscovering the joys of gardening all over again. There’s something just so relaxing about gardening. Whether you have a huge garden with plenty of space to plant new plants and shrubs, or whether you are creating a vertical garden in your balcony, gardening is possible in pretty much any space, big or small.
Caring for your plants, ensuring that they’re healthy and keeping your garden looking fabulous can be a rewarding experience. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing, your quality gardening time can quickly turn into a horror show. To avoid such a scenario, you need to learn some gardening tips, so that you know you’re on the right path.
Here are some basic tips on gardening to help you get started.
Know the Landscape
One of the first lessons in gardening is to know the landscaping design that you are dealing with. Plants are quite picky when it comes to the type of soil and temperatures that they prefer. So, not all plants grow well in all regions. Knowing your land—the type of soil, the humidity and temperature throughout the year, and the water quality will help you decide on which plants will grow well and which ones don’t stand a chance.
So, before you go around buying exotic plants to wow your friends and family, find out if they’ll thrive in the land or not.
Pruning is Your Best Friend
Most amateur gardeners are just not aware of how important and essential pruning is. It’s not just something that gardening hobbyists fuss over to keep their plants looking good. Pruning plays a vital role in the healthy growth of a plant. By eliminating unwanted, damaged, diseased or dead parts of the plant, you are redirecting the plant’s energy into growing and strengthening the other parts. Regular and careful pruning will keep your plants healthy, encourage optimal growth and produce more flowers and fruits.
While cutting damaged or dead branches, use a sharp pruning tool to make neat, clean cuts. Jagged ends take longer to heal and leave the plant exposed to the possibility or disease or infection.
Plants Have Varying Needs
Treat each plant as an individual with varying needs and preferences. What works for one plant will not necessarily work for another plant. Take something as simple as watering, for instance. While some plants need a lot of water in order to grow, some others require only a little amount of water. If you overwater a plant that requires very little water, you risk rotting its roots, which will quickly kill the plant. Just like how knowing your land is important, so is knowing your plants. Research about each plant and find out what each of them needs. Some plants thrive in the sun while some others require ample shade to do well.
If you are a newbie, it can take a while for you to find out what each plant likes and needs. To make this process easier, you can maintain a gardening journal where you note down your observations. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of your plant’s overtime.
Lawn mowing is not rocket science. But you do need to know some basic techniques if you want your lawn to look like it was mowed by professionals. The first thing to remember is to mow the perimeter of the lawn first. Go in a clockwise direction and mow around the perimeter. Once you do that, then you can start mowing in straight lines within that mowed border. It makes the whole process so much simpler. When mowing in straight lines, avoid looking directly in front of you. Instead, look a couple of feet ahead of you. This will give you a better vision to mow in a straight line.
When you come across trees or shrubs, follow the perimeter rule. Mow around them in a clockwise direction and then continue with your straight-line mowing for the rest of the lawn area.
There’s nothing more beautiful than a flower garden in full bloom. Flower gardens can turn even the tiniest, cramped garden space into an inviting haven. If you do not have experience dealing with flower gardens, then a good place to start is by installing flower beds. Flower beds are elevated ‘beds’ to grow your plants. They facilitate easy maintenance and are great for beginners dabbling with growing and planting flower plants. Roses and perennials are pretty easy to maintain as far as flowering plants go.
When planting in a flower bed, remember to space out the saplings, giving each plant ample space to spread roots. You also should regularly check for weeds to avoid a weed infestation, as they can grow quickly, take over space and choke out your flower plants. Regular pruning is also essential in order to encourage growth (which in turn results in more blooms).
Gardening can be a very rewarding and highly addictive hobby. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can then move on from simply growing your plants to planning and designing a beautiful garden. No matter what your focus is—whether it has a useful kitchen garden to grow your herbs and vegetables, or a flower garden that overflows with colourful flowers, you need to get the basics of gardening right for your garden to thrive.
A garden is one of those spaces where you can make your mark, show off your skills and create a beautiful nook for you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Digging into the soil, getting rid of weeds, and trimming the plants to help them grow better can all be relaxing chores that calm your body and mind.