Revamping space or piece of land outside your house and turning it into a beautiful garden will definitely add some flare and touch to the entire exterior of your house. Gardening is not as hard as people think, especially when you know the simple steps on how to start. By the end of this article, you won’t be searching for help from a gardener anymore. Read on to find out eight tips on how to start gardening today!
1. Get Inspirations
Do your research on which plants you would like to have and what you want your garden to look like. Note down the information on those plants and where you think you want to place them in your garden.
2. Prepare A No-Stick Shovel
Spray your garden shovel with a silicone or Teflon lubricant, which will make it a lot easier when it comes the time to shovelling. A good coating of the spray will make any type of soil slip easily off the shovel without causing a mess.
3. Convenient Potting
Place a piece of wood to the back end of your wheelbarrow. This will provide a flat surface that is great for potting. By upgrading your wheelbarrow, you can wheel your soil and plants to the garden conveniently in one trip.
4. Make Your Heavy Pots Lighter
Instead of carrying heavy pots full of soil, replace one-third or one-half of the pot with foam packing peanuts. Make sure to place a divider using a fabric between the packing peanuts and the soil. This will take off some weight from the pots.
5. Good Amount Of Watering
Give the young plants plenty of water; however, be cautious and avoid watering the leaves. Wet leaves can turn into mould, rotten, or to a sick plant. The general rule of thumb is to water the plants an inch of water every week. In order to know whether you’re watering too much is to observe whether the leaves turned yellow.
6. Trim Regularly
Next (and the most important tip) is to trim the plants regularly! Trimming the plants regularly increases the air circulation and there’s also going to be fewer leaves for you to spill water on, which will prevent your plant from getting sick.
7. Avoid Aggressive Plants
Try to avoid planting aggressive plants that will grow roots that eventually will crowd the garden. However, if you are dealing with those aggressive plants, you can cut out the bottom off so that the roots will grow directly down into the soil.
8. Adjust Your Root-Bound Plants
When you purchase potting plants, they are often root-bound. Which means that as the plant grows in the pot, the roots run out of room to grow; consequently, the roots will begin to form tight circles of roots in the pot. These roots can stop water and other nutrients from travelling to the leaves and other parts of the plant. To fix this, gently guide the roots outward using your fingers. If it gets hard, make vertical cuts in the root-ball carefully.