We’re all born with special skills and talents – some of us can sing, some of us can dance, some of us can draw – but that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t learn to be good at something else as we go throughout life.
Take gardening, for example. Some of us naturally have a green thumb and are able to grow and maintain everything from flowers, to exotic plants, to fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, some of us have trouble getting just one seed to sprout!
If you’d like to take on the challenge of growing a garden but don’t have too much experience, we’re here to help – check out our top gardening tips for beginners below!
- Protect your car. Transporting flowers and plants from your nursery to your home can get quite messy, especially if you hit a bump in the road. To prevent all that soil from staining your trunk or your car seats, put down a tarp and then lay a small ladder on top of it – the space in between each step can help keep your plants in place!
- Start off small. The best way to practice is by starting off small – that means, don’t overdo it on your trip to the nursery! Instead, pick out just one or two potted plants and maybe one or two bulbs so that you don’t overwhelm yourself by having to take care for too much.
- Find the right spot. One of the most important things you have to do before starting a garden is find the right spot for it. For most blooms, that means choosing a place in your yard that receives full sun. However, if your yard is mostly shady, that’s fine too – just do some research to figure out which plants and flowers tolerate shady conditions best!
- Do your research. Speaking of research, don’t jump into anything unless you’ve asked questions and gotten answers. For example, which plants and flowers thrive best in your climate? When should bulbs be planted in order to get the best results? What type of maintenance is required? We’re sure you can find the answers you’re looking for by doing a quick online search (our blog has tons of Care and Maintenance Tips!), or head on down to your nursery to ask an expert.
- Look into garden protectors. The last thing you want is for all your hard work to be eaten up by animals, so look into some netting or fencing that can be installed around your garden. After all, the harder it is for critters to access your plants, the less likely it’ll be that they’ll damage them!
- Invest in some mulch. Mulch isn’t just there to make your yard look pretty (though it certainly does!), it’s also a tool used to keep weeds from popping up in a garden. Not to mention, it also helps retain water, which your plants need to survive. That said, you’ll want to purchase a few bags that you can cover your soil with once you’ve finished planting.
- Don’t over-water. Yes, your garden will need to be watered regularly, but that doesn’t mean you need to have the hose or sprinkler going every second of every day. Depending on the type of plants and flowers you choose, you may need to water once a day, once every few days, or just once a week – just make sure you follow whatever the care instructions say exactly!
So, are you ready to start a garden of your own? Even if things don’t go the way you planned on your first try (though by following these tips we think they will), don’t give up – practice makes perfect!