Gardening is a great hobby to take up. It is perfect for spending time outside, absorbing sunshine, and even burning calories! Whether you are looking to grow yummy produce or beautiful flowers, these beginner tips and tricks will help get you started.
- The Right Plants
Simply put, some plants are easier to grow than others. Easy to grow produce includes tomatoes, peppers, onions, chard, basil, and bush beans. Easy to grow flowers include sunflowers, dahlia’s, foxglove, roses, petunia, and black eyed susan’s. Your local plant nursery employees are a great resource for finding those “hardy” plants.
- Test your Soil
Send a sample of your soil to your local nursery to get a thorough reading of the pH and nutrient levels. The results will determine how acidic or alkaline your soil is, which affects how plants absorb nutrients. Because plants thrive best in different pH levels, this test will help you decide what to plant.
Some plants need shade, some need sun, and other plants need partial shade or sun! If you place your container garden on wheels or in a trolley, it is much easier to move around and to adjust to your plants’ shade/sun needs.
In order to succeed with your garden, it is crucial that you plant the right type of plants at the right time. The United States Department of Agriculture’s plant hardiness zone map is a useful tool to determine which plants are most likely to thrive in your location.
It is also important to research the best plants for every season. Check out these helpful growing calendars to help you plan your garden!
Gardening is a process; it does not happen overnight. Sometimes impatience will cause you to overwater or fuss around with the plants too much in hopes that they will grow faster. It is important to monitor them regularly, but unless something looks wrong let them be.