Gardening Tips for the Fledgling Gardener
There are fewer things in this world that are better than homemade tomato sauce created from homegrown, crushed tomatoes, hand-picked carrots and onions, and a snip of fresh basil grown inches from the pot in which these ingredients are combined. Cooking is greatly enhanced, as is nutritional value, by fruits, vegetables, and herbs grown in a local garden- especially if that garden is in your own backyard. Not all people have a green thumb, but a bit of preparation and learning about what plants will flourish under what conditions can impact heavily how well a garden will grow.
To begin a garden, it's important that the land you have selected for your garden is free of rocks and has a good amount of space to accommodate roots and plant spread. This means preparing the ground by turning the dirt and picking out weeds and rocks as they crop up. Likewise, it is important to keep crops well protected from harmful bugs and wildlife that may see a garden as a gourmet restaurant.
Of the many ways to keep a garden, one of the most helpful could be building a garden box. By raising the garden bed, added soil can make it a bit more difficult for underground vermin to make their way to eating your carrots from below. Plus, if there are deer and other herbivorous or omnivorous animals in your area, it creates a more difficult barrier for some of them to cross, and adding fencing around the beds can be another layer of protection for your precious plants. Beyond this, raised bed allow for a more controlled environment for your garden because you choose the soil mixture, plus the plants will have access to more oxygen which can bolster their growth.
The best way to create a raised garden starts with choosing an area with the right amount of sun for whatever plants you are wanting to grow. While some crops require a lot of direct sunlight, others may thrive in a space with more indirect sunlight. Planning ahead can make it easier to plant the proper plants in the spaces where they will be most likely to thrive. Building a raised bed may seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite simple to do once all the materials have been purchased. First, measure out how wide and long you'd like your garden beds to be. Then, turn the soil and level the ground so the finished product won't be lopsided or bumpy. After this step has been completed, begin building the walls of the garden with wood, stone, or whatever other sturdy material you'd like. As you build up the walls, make sure they are also laid into the ground a bit for extra support.
Finally, fill the boxes with appropriate soils and mulches, then plant your beautiful crops. Garden boxes are very versatile and offer many cool opportunities to enhance your yard's aesthetic, as well.
Having the right mixture of flowers and vegetables can really help to limit the number of veggies that will get attacked by plant-eating insects and worms. Certain herbs provide scent deterrents, while some flowers have properties in their roots that cause bugs to skedaddle. Once you've chosen your ideal edible garden plants, do some research to help find helpful companion plants to keep the work level lower, yield higher, and amount of pesticides required to a minimum.
One example of a plant with positive effects on a garden is the marigold. These gorgeous flowers bloom primarily in the summertime, and their gorgeous colors spread happiness throughout the whole season. These cheerful flowers are great plants to grow around a garden space because they have properties that deter underground pests from attacking a budding plant. Having marigolds can mean around three years of protection from bad worms and insects for your fledgling pear tomatoes and summer squash.
If you are looking to start from the very beginning with your plants, growing plants from seeds can be a tricky business for a beginning gardener. Once the techniques for growing fledgling plants have been completed a few times, though, the hardest part about bringing seeds up will be the waiting. To start, collect a few containers that can hold at least a handful of soil. Fill the containers, then carefully open the seed mix. Wearing a mask may help keep down the risk of catching airborne illnesses that sometimes come from mass packaged soils. It is easiest to begin with plants that are not grown for their roots- carrots, potatoes, etc.- when growing plants in this manner.
Plant the seeds in holes or sprinkle them over the soil if they are small, then cover with dirt and make sure to label which container holds which seed types. Keep the seeds out of direct sunlight and keep the soil moistened with a spray bottle or occasional trickle of water. After they sprout, they are ready to move into direct sunlight and take a bit more water. Seedlings with seven to nine sets of leaves can be replanted more safely into a prepared garden bed. You may also want to move the seedlings to a larger pot when they grow two leaf sets.
Gardening is a hobby that can take a bit of time, energy, and work, but it is often worth it in the end. When you are able to harvest and share the literal fruits of your labors with neighbors and friends, you will see just how amazing it can be to eat your own homegrown foods. Plus, you may be able to save money in the long haul, and you will know exactly where the plant came from. So, whether gardening is a new hobby or a way to feed yourself, try picking up a trowel and going to work in the garden. It's worth every moment.