Gardening: Getting Started

Having a beautiful garden can really make the outside of your house look amazing. We’ve all seen those gorgeous gardens on our walks through the neighborhood and had a little garden envy. The different flowers, colors and types of plants are landscaped in the most perfect way and it really makes the home pop!

Gardening can be a little overwhelming for some. Not everyone has a green thumb, and the task of nurturing your garden can be daunting. The good news is that you don’t have to be a master gardener to have your very own little garden. You need to start somewhere, and a little greenery goes a long way. Here, we will provide a few tips on getting started, looking after a garden, and keeping it simple.

Research

If you are going to be planting, you will need to know a little about the region. Speak to someone at your local garden center and ask them what are the native plants for the region to determine what will grow best. We are looking for a low maintenance plant that will thrive in our environment.

Choose Easy Plants to Start

Plants that are resilient, and plants that are native to the area. Adapted to the conditions of the ecosystem where they are, native plants are a smart choice. Once settled, they thrive without much fuss and will not require extra water, pesticides or fertilizer.

Make Notes

As your garden takes hold, mark down your observations in a notebook. How much are you watering them? Is it enough? How about sun exposure, is the garden positioned correctly? Are you fertilizing? How often? By keeping track of your garden activity, you will be able to improve on your techniques come the next season.

Water thoughtfully

New plants need more water until their root systems take hold. Water often and water enough. You want to make sure you are not doing a superficial water as it needs to get deep into the ground. The best time to water is the morning, before the sun is strongest so the plants have ample time to soak it all up. Avoid watering at night, this can cause the plants to become susceptible to disease and fungus.

Maintenance

After all that hard work getting your garden planted, you need to do a little maintenance. Weed, prune, and clean up often. This will give your garden the best chance of staying healthy and flourishing.

Once you have become comfortable caring for a simple garden you can consider expanding it. Perhaps introducing a more challenging plant. The more you tend to your garden, they more familiar and educated you will become and before you know it...it will be your garden the neighbors are fawning over.