For first garden owners, gardening could prove a little bit tricky. You would want to grow some fresh produce and flowers at the same time. Yet your start up garden might look small or unsuitable for your venture. Don’t worry though; these tips will be worthwhile for you.
Use a container garden
Due to limited space, many home owners find it difficult to carry out gardening. This basically means that you can make use of containers for gardening. The benefits of using the container are that;
- You can place the containers close to the window or door for watering. This creates convenience.
- It is easy to manage weeds
- Weeds will be prevented from growing
Make compost manure
You will not need to buy manure for your garden. The wastes from your kitchen such as egg shells, apple cores and coffee husks can be used to make quick compost. This kind of manure is organic and most recommended for use in your garden.
Work on the drainage
The containers should have holes under then to improve soil drainage and air circulation. This is an easy exercise for you prior to adding soil to them.
Finding an ideal location
This may not always be easy. If there is a shade in your garden, your plants will not get sunlight. Be flexible and innovative as well. Place your containers in a trolley and move them to a different location where they can get adequate sunlight.
Knowing when to plant
You will find that there is time for everything and planting is one of them. Some plants perform well at certain times of the year. There are some zones that are not suited for planting your kind of crops. The plant hardiness zone map provided by some agricultural departments is quite resourceful. They will help you to know if the kind of plants you want to grow in your zone. Contact your country’s department of agriculture to gather this kind of information.
Start with easier plants
Plants are not the same when it comes to ease of planting. They should be easy to grow and maintain. Tomatoes and bush beans for instance would be easy to star with when it comes to plants. As for the flowers, it is easy to start growing foxglove and sunflowers. As time goes by, you will your way around the other harder-to-grow ones. Rome was not built in a day, so we are told.
An inch water a week
One cardinal rule in keeping a garden is to water it daily. As such, this should be a daily exercise. With plants in containers, watering them should be easy. The trick is to keep the potted plants as close to the house as possible. This will help you remember to water them early in the morning.
When watering them, ensure to avoid the leaves as they tend to rot or grow mould in the wetness. The base of the plant is the ideal spot to water them. If you limit yourself to an inch of water per week, your plants will remain healthy. Watch out for yellowing of leaves. This could be indicative of excessive water.
Choose organic way
There are always some temptations to use chemical fertilizers. Yet, use of organic is the best way to go in regard to soil fertility, seed type and taste of fruits. If you do not want to grapple with unending diseases, make a smart choice for organic stuff.
Improve your plants circulation
Pruning and trimming are the two best ways to deal with poor circulation in your garden. Many branches and twigs could obstruct air flow and this could affect healthy growth of the plants.
Give your seeds a head start
The success rate of the seeds that you plant will largely depend on how you plant them. Instead of the traditional way of planting under the soil, simply encase them in unused toilet paper rolls.
Talk to experts
No one knows everything. This holds true in gardening. Experts in gardening could offer invaluable tips and ideas to help you become better in gardening.
In conclusion, gardening is not for the faint-hearted. Start small and grow gradually.