8 Gardening Tips and Tricks for Beginners

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Gardening is a great hobby to take up. You can enjoy gardening both outside and inside, you’ll burn calories, and get great results. Although you may want to start gardening in the spring, you can start working on your garden at any time. Whether you’re trying to grow vegetables or flowers, use these beginning tips and tricks to get started.

1. Plan the Space

To start gardening, you need a location. Whether you’re trying to do a raised bed, in-ground gardening, or container gardening, it’s important to plan out what you’re going to plant. Plan out the space for your garden on a blank sheet of paper to determine what you want to plant. You can be as detailed as you want, but keep it simple for your first space. This tip will help you figure out how many plants you’ll need to avoid over or under purchasing.

Although spring is a good time to start a garden, not all plants are going to grow well at the same time. If you want to succeed with your garden, you need to plant the right type of plants at the right time. The US Department of Agriculture has a plant hardiness zone map that you can use. Most plants will also have a suggested planting time that can also be used. Keep in mind that March and April will probably be the best months for most plants.

2. Choose Easy Plants

Your garden can always get more complicated over time, but you’re going to want to choose easy-to-grow plants initially. What plants grow well? Choose tomatoes, peppers, and basil to start your garden. Flowers that are easy to grow include roses, petunias, and black-eyed susan’s. Local plant nurseries can also help to provide suggestions for plants that will grow well in your area.

3. Care for Your Garden

Although plants need plenty of water to grow, flooding your plants is going to cause mold and rot. In mild temperatures, most plants need an inch of water a week. Yellow leaves on the plant mean that it’s getting too much water. Also, remember to water the base of the plant and try to avoid wetting the plant’s leaves.

When your plants start growing, you want to maximize the growth that you need. Trimming and pruning plants increase their air circulation and help the plant to grow. Trim leaves and branches that are close the base of the plant. Don’t over trim, but get rid of any branches that are within a few inches of the ground.

Lawn sweepers are a handy garden tool that will help to get rid of any debris like twigs, litter, grass clippings, and so much more. They can be used to sweep up any debris and deposit it in a collection bin for easy disposal. They’re a great alternative to raking and garden vacuums and will make your garden easy to manage.

4. Label Your Plants

If you’ve made a diagram, then chances are, you’ll have an idea of what you have planted. However, it’s always a good idea to label your garden, especially if you’re out of town. You can save the seed packets and attach them to stakes in your garden. Some gardeners also will paint rocks and place them in the garden to mark the plant spots. Use this especially when your plants haven’t sprouted yet.

5. Use Eggshells

Composting is a great way to naturally help your soil, but even if you don’t want to compost, you can still benefit your garden by using eggshells. The next time you’re using eggs, crush up the shells and then spread them around the base of the plants. The calcium in the shell will benefit the plants and eggshells also repel certain insects so they’ll protect your plants from some pests.

6. Keep Your Water Bill Low

If you need to water your garden, then you can keep your water bill low by collecting rainwater for your plants. Set up a rain barrel below a drainage spout and save the water until you need it for your garden. Keep the barrel covered to prevent mosquitos between using. This is an easy set-up that will help you avoid high water bills, especially in summer months.

7. Save on Materials

If you’re trying to save money on watering materials, then save your milk jugs for a simple DIY fix. Use a needle or a small pair of scissors to poke small holes in the lid. You can use this water jug as many times as you need and then recycle. This is also a good option if you need multiple watering cans.

If you’re going to start gardening, then it’s probably worth purchasing a good quality set of tools. If you don’t want to make a large purchase, you can probably find inexpensive gardening equipment at thrift stores or online postings. Moving sales are also a good way to get high-quality materials for an economical price. Chances are, if you’re buying used though, the tools may be dull. You can sharpen dull tools easily and use them for years to come.

8. Compost

If you don’t have great soil for gardening, then you may need to buy some gardening soil to get started. However, keep in mind that you can save a lot of money and get nutrient-rich soil by composting. Not only is this a good way to cut back on your kitchen waste, you’re also saving a lot of money in the process. Any organic material such as vegetable and fruit peelings and rinds, eggs shells, and coffee grounds can be composted and will break down in a few months to a year. You can build your own composting bin or you can also purchase a bin to get started.

If you’ve never had a garden before, then starting one may seem like a challenge. However, with a small time investment, you can easily grow either produce or flowers. Use these tips to get started on the right foot and enjoy a healthy, robust garden. Many people find that they find working in their garden to be relaxing and rewarding. Gardens can be grown in almost any area of the world, so start working on yours today!

Jonathan E. Bass

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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