Gardening is a hobby that has recently grown in popularity due to COVID and all of the lockdowns. Despite what you are thinking, it is not the most difficult hobby to learn and get into either. There are a few things that you have to know about and remember, however, especially if you don’t want your plants to die. If you follow these steps, you are soon to create a fantastic garden full of life and different plants.
Pick a Location
The first thing you are going to want to do to have a successful garden is choose the right location in your yard. Typically speaking, with the technology and advancement that we have today, you can set your garden up just about anywhere you’d like. The best recommendations would be to put it in a spot where pests cannot access it, and one where it also adds to the aesthetic of the rest of the yard. When it comes to what you should put around the garden, you should look to put in some of the best grass seed that you have. You can have the most beautiful garden in the world and none of it will matter if the grass around it is dead or dying.
Once you have chosen a location, enclose the garden with either some plastic or wood beams, and then proceed to fill it with soil. Creating a dedicated area will ensure that the garden stays contained and doesn’t spread out of control. It will also add extra flair by making the garden look more professional. Finding the right location is key to starting a good garden.
Pick Some Plants
The next step towards gardening is picking the plants that you are going to want to grow in your garden. Are you wanting a garden that is full of beautiful flowers, or are you wanting one that grows vegetables that you can later harvest? This is an important question to ask and will dictate what goes into your garden. Another thing to be concerned about when it comes to plants is the size of their roots. For the most part, you shouldn’t have to worry about the roots of two plants conflicting, however, if you have two larger plants in one area it might happen. Research the plants you are going to get and ensure that they can work together in a garden. From there, head over to your local gardening center, pick up some seeds and get ready for planting.
Get Your Gardening Tools Ready
You can’t go about creating a garden without having the right tools to help you do so. Even as a beginner, you should invest in a couple of tools that will help to make your job that much easier. Gloves are a mandatory piece of equipment if you plan on gardening. Some plants can have thorns or spikes on them which can hurt and damage your skin. Putting on gloves will help you avoid that situation.
Pruning shears are great for plants that are starting to grow out of control. If you see them starting to grow into another plant’s area, simply grab the pruning shears and give them a quick snip off.
A trowel is also important for taking out weeds, transplanting plants, and moving soil around. You cannot even begin to think about starting a garden without one of these. The final tool that you should have for your garden is a shovel. This will help with digging up patches of soil for planting new plants and will make the job that much easier. There are many more tools that you can get, but as a beginner these are a few of the mandatory ones.
Lay the Soil and Test It
While you will most likely be buying some soil from the gardening centre, you will also be using some of the natural soil that is in your backyard. You will have to test your soil in that case to determine the pH of it. Soil has the chance of being acidic, alkaline, or neutral, and can also contain things like sand, clay, slit, and rocks. All of these things can affect the growth of certain plants, so you will have to understand exactly what is in your soil. Once you have determined the pH and it is deemed acceptable for a garden, you can go about picking up your soil from the gardening centre and laying it into your garden.
Chopping up sod and placing it deep down in the soil can help to create the perfect bed for you to lay your soil in. Once that is done, creating a nice deep patch of soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter will make the perfect habitat for your plants. It is up to you to maintain this throughout the year and always ensure your soil has what it needs.
Plant Your Seeds
Now that you have gotten everything ready, it is time to get the spade and trowel out and start planting your plants. Be careful when transplanting them, as they can very easily be killed when it happens. Ensure that they are getting adequate sunlight and that they have been properly buried within the ground.
The last thing you have to do now is ensure that your plants have all the requirements to survive. You should try to water your plants at least once or twice a week, giving them an adequate amount of water while doing so. Most areas have peak water usage hours, so if you want to save some money, look to water your plants in either the evening or the morning. If you don’t give them their required water, they will die rather quickly.
These are six steps to gardening for a beginner. There is still plenty to learn about gardening, but this will get you started out with a basic garden and some basic plants. Plants are living beings, so they do need nutrients and water to survive. Ensure that your soil is able to help them survive and that they are getting water regularly. What plants do you plan on putting in your garden?