We have all dreamed of having a splendid garden that, in addition to beautifying our home, serves as a refuge when stress overwhelms us. Lack of experience should not discourage us! Gardening is an art that requires dedication and specific knowledge, but can be learned slowly.
For this reason, and with the aim of helping people who until now are immersed in this magical world, we have decided to compile the following gardening tips for beginners. We hope they will be of great help.
- First of all, you have to define the end of the garden
A garden can be used to plant flowers of a thousand colors, create appropriate spaces for recreation and grow vegetables. Therefore, from the beginning it is necessary to define the function that it is going to fulfill and clearly delimit the areas destined for each purpose.
That way we will be clear about what we want and it will be much easier for us to visualize how we will build it. If the budget allows it, it is worth hiring the services of a landscaper to help us with the design. Thus, we will obtain a perfect mix between colors, heights and locations.
- Assess the climate of the area
Before buying the plants we must know in depth the climatic conditions of the area in which we intend to develop our garden (hot, desert, tropical, humid, cold, etc.). In this way, when visiting the nursery we will be able to choose, with the advice of the professionals of the place, flowers, bushes, herbs and shrubs that will really adapt to the climate in which they will be planted.
In this regard, we cannot ignore the so-called microclimates, which refer to the specific climate of much smaller areas. For example, the microclimate of a place that receives sun all day is not the same as that under a leafy tree.
- Water the plants at the correct frequency
Most beginning gardeners believe that the more water they apply to their plants the faster and healthier they will grow. Serious mistake. Not all plants need the same amount of water to live.
Usually, outdoor plants should be watered at least once a week, but the cycle can vary depending on the species, weather conditions and evaporation levels in the area where we have the garden. Therefore, it is wise to seek the best advice in this regard at your nearest Home Depot store with a gardening associate.
In any case, let us remember that the irrigation is done on the ground and not directly on the leaves or flowers of the plants. That makes them prone to pests and rot.
- Proper fertilization
Another common mistake made by beginners is fertilizing plants just arrived from the nursery. There is no need for it. These are usually well fertilized already. The prudent thing is to wait for them to stabilize and adapt to their new home, or wait for the first pot transplant.
Otherwise each plant needs different types of fertilizers.
- Frequent pruning
If we want to see our plants healthy, we have to prune them with a certain frequency to eliminate the elements that prevent the passage of sunlight to the entire garden or affect their normal development (damaged flowers, rotten fruits or dry, broken and diseased branches).
Let's not forget that specific pruning varies from one species to another; therefore, we must inform ourselves about it.
- Acquire the basic gardening tools
Part of being a good gardener is acquiring and properly selecting the best gardening tools and utensils to take care of our garden, some of the basic utensils that we must have are:
- Shovel (various sizes for different types of garden and pots)
- Pruners and brushcutters
- Gardening scissors
- Cut branches
- An irrigation hose and sprinklers
- Flowerpots and containers
- With these tools and utensils we can perform the basic gardening tasks, typical of those who until now are starting in this art.Over time our knowledge will increase, along with our equipment needs.
These 6 gardening tips for beginners will help you get started in this beautiful art. Ideally, of course, we should start studying all we can about gardening and botany, in order to add theoretical knowledge to practice and become experts in the field.
To complete the ideal garden, it is recommended to review the accessories to the garden fauna, that is, the special outdoor furniture or the barbecues. Another example is lighting that helps our garden look just as impressive day and night.