With a move towards sustainability, growing your own garden is one way many people are trying be more eco-friendly in their own homes. But many people also believe that you have to have a green thumb to have a garden.
The truth is: no one is born with a green thumb and anyone can learn how to take care of plants. Here are some garden maintenance tips that beginners can use to take care of their garden.
Watering is About Balance
Did you know that over-watering is the number one reason people kill their plants? Too much water will cause the plant’s roots to rot, while too little water makes them shrivel up.
Proper watering is all about balance. Some plants prefer moist soil and others like to dry out. Be sure to understand watering needs and group plants with similar needs together.
Typically, you’ll find that most plants will do well with weekly or bi-weekly watering. It’s best to check the moisture level before watering.
You should water your plants early in the morning or in the evening, and avoid watering the leaves.
Get the Right Tools
You may plant your garden by hand or use a mechanical planter for more efficiency. Whichever way you prefer, it’s important to have the right tools. Gardening by hand, you’ll need a trowel, hand rake, and a hoe.
You may also want to have a weed puller, a spade, and pruning shears. If you’re using a machine, be sure all the planter parts are in good shape before you begin planting seeds.
The right repertoire of tools makes basic garden maintenance easy for beginners.
Keep Weeds Away
Weeds are pesky plants that can take over your garden if you’re not careful. Keep weeds away preemptively by planting densely. This will minimize the space that weeds can grow.
You can also use a mulch to prevent the weeds from growing. If you do have weeds, be sure to remove them with the root. Leaving the root ensures that the weeds will come back.
Growing With Fertilizer
Whether you’re using plant seeds or mature plants to grow your plants and vegetable garden, you have to feed them before they can feed you. The best fertilizer is organic matter, which can come in liquid and solid forms.
It’s important to note that every plant has specific needs. So before you buy a fertilizer for all of your plants, take note of any fertilizing instructions that come with seedlings or on seed packets.
The right fertilizer will allow your garden to thrive, yielding more fruits and vegetables each year.
Beginner-Friendly Garden Maintenance Tips
If you weren’t born with a green thumb, you can still have a garden. Gardening is a skill acquired like any other and requires a lot of patience, practice, and learning.
Using these beginner-friendly garden maintenance tips can help you get the beautiful, delicious, and thriving garden you’ve always dreamed of. What are you going to grow next?
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