Gardening, for some, is an inevitable and pleasant hobby, so some people dive into it when young or others when they retire and have more time for themselves. There is no specific time period in which people should go into gardening. There are certainly guidelines you could follow to make the beginning of your new hobby or business easy.
How to start gardening in 4 steps
In order to begin, what you should be looking for are answers to gardening questions you have red or questions you have asked yourself. We are going to question and answer them for you. The purpose of this article is to give you ideas, help with the first steps into your gardening initiative and make the transition of becoming a gardener pleasant.
There are 4 phases of important points of reference, which you will be coming back to, while setting up your garden. To learn what they are - keep reading below.
Step 1: Setting up the gardening space
Choose a place for your garden and measure it up.
Add extra 10 inches into your calculations;
Yes, you have to choose your own space, where you will build and look after your garden. Leaving a little extra inches will help you later on, when you build flower or plant beds or plant corridos;
Knowing how big and where your garden will be placed is essential for both flowers and edible plant gardens. Why, you might ask? Because size matters! Some flowers or vegetables need A LOT of room to grow either directly into the ground or in a big gardening bed. If your space is too small to grow vegetables, then you will either decide to include more land for gardening area or you must choose other plants or flowers to start gardening with;
Decide what you’d wish to plant and what gardening you wish to practice:
Why is deciding what you will grow in your garden important? This raises up the question of land size; Deciding on flower gardening will lead to thinking of WHICH flowers you would like to grow in your garden and then HOW big of land each flower needs in order to grow and WHERE you should plant them. Some need more sun, others like the shade. Then, this question will give you freedom to choose where to plant the flowers and will 100% change your plans concerning where the garden will be established;
Divide the chosen gardening place into sections and choose where your plantations will take place;
Is the space you have provided for your gardening going to be enough for the plants of your choice to grow?
If not, measure up and dermenite the new borders of your gardening space or choose other types of plants to grow;
Thus, we naturally come to the third step which is dividing the land. If you choose two types of flowers to look after - sunlovers and shade lovers this means you need to divide the garden space into two categories; Then, it is time to decide how many plants you can afford planting in the space you have determined for the garden. As mentioned above, each flower needs specific space to grow. You can build flower beds and know exactly how much space each bed will take.
Inspect your soil;
Now, when you have an idea of where and what you are going to plant, it is time to run some tests and inspect the soil! Take a piece of soil and send it to the local cooperative office for professional lab results; If this sounds too serious to you, investigate with home methods, if your soil is good for vegetable gardening, flowers or any other;
Pay attention if you have a lot of rocks, sand, clay or anything other that will make growing anything a hardship.
Test your soil;
If you think that the previous step is a loss of time, you can immediately buy some organic fertilizers, enrich a small amount of the soil in a pot and try growing something in it to see if it will work out; It is good prior to testing the growing capabilities of your land to run some home based test as mentioned above. It is up to you.
Step 2: Buying gardening tools, soil fertilizers and plants
Since you have run a test on your soil and your little tomato, for example, germinates and can produce fruits and your flowers of choice grow freely - it is time for some serious preparation;
Buy your flower and plant seeds;
Contact a flower supplier and talk about your future plants in the garden. Ask for advice according to every type of flower you are going to look after. If there are surprises along the way, make sure you to get prepared;
Acquire the necessary minerals, fertilizers (kelp, worms, acids etc.)
When knowing which plants and seeds you are buying, you will know what type of soil they need in order to grow. Fertilizers will help you to prepare the whole gardening area. It is best to grow your garden by starting with:
fertilizers (organic, nitrogen, potassium, fish);
Buy the most necessary tools required for gardening;
Buy all according to the type of gardening you are going to practise and the plants you will grow. You do not want you to start to end in months by getting the wrong flower food?
Buy the necessary tools for gardening
Tools for basic gardening every owner of a home and a yard should own are:
Garden Shovel or D handle Shovel;
Below we explain what the tools are for and how they help every person that starts their hobby now;
Step 3: Gardening, pre-potting and potting preparation
There are several popular reasons for people starting their own garden. Usually, one of them is that they want their house or balcony to look better. Others do it for the pleasure of taking care of living beings.
Now that you have the gardening tools and fertilizers - get to the real work;
Scoop and clean your gardening soil;
Clean from weeds, rocks, parasites. If you have bugs or diseases in the soil, use proper spray that cleans the soil. Spray and wait as long as needed. Check again for pesticides; As you just start gardening and do not know how to check for parasites, prior to potting, spray the soil or insert a venom for diseases or pesticides in small doses.
Insert and nurture the soil with the necessary fertilizers;
To make the soil healthy, you need a neutral PH, you must use the fertilizers you have previously bought to prepare the soil’s fertility and heathyness according to the plant’s requirements that you are going to grow later on;
Make your own or buy and install the garden beds;
Since the soil is good to go - you have done the hardest job. We recommend investing time and effort for gardening beds. They will keep your plants safe from bad weather conditions, but also from bugs that bring diseases in the soil;
Test your new fertilized soil;
Test the soil with home methods or send a sample to a lab; Plant your first plant and watch it grow. If it starts growing then you are good to go!
Plant your seeds and plants;
Be careful in the last step. Some plants and flowers need their seeds planted under certain inches in the garden’s soil, or they won’t grow into it. Read the instructions for planting carefully. Gardening is not easy, but worth your time, if paying attention to every specific plant’s requirements;
Either way, if you are planning to take care of your own garden you should always consider the color of the garden. Depending on your resource of funds you will invest into your garden the flowers in it will be more beautiful. This is a matter of dedication and finances. You can use just one or two colors in your garden but of course you can put just as many types of flowers inside as you can possibly think of. Of course, this is just basic advice that aims to prevent you from making your garden look strange but you can use as many colors and types of flowers as you want. A useful advice is also to avoid using dark colors. Dark colors may be stylish but they will distance the look of your garden greatly from the desired natural appearance.
Step 4: Weather protection (Optional)
This phase is concerning the conservation and protection of your garden’s growing food and flowers in colder or wet times;
For wet weather:
Raising beds can help your soil stay dry;
Build drain canals that will drain out the water;
Build a roof-top of plastic cloths, the cover every plant or flower with additional plastic cloth that keep rain out;
For cold weather:
Put frost cloths on top of you flowers and plants;
Put a plastic cloth on top of the frost cloth to protect from rain and wind;
What tools do I need in gardening
With the proper tools gardening can be a real joy to you, but without knowing how to use them - gardening can become a real unpleasant hobby. Not only buying, but learning which are the gardening tools you need are necessary steps in your gardening adventure.
All the tools you need are mentioned in Phase 3 above, but here we will explain how you can use them.
If you look for the term “Garden”hoe” you will most definitely get lost in all the tools and barely know what they are about. Why do we recommend the Weeder? The weeder helps you cut and get rid of grass and plants that grow between rocks, pavements and other places that are hard to deal with;
If you are a beginner, you might reconsider spending money for a Dutch hoe. It usually is used to cut roots of grass and plants onto the soil, that you wish to “root out”, but there are other tools to do it with; They are easy to use, but not for beginners;
Same purpose as the Duths hoe, it cuts grass and takes out unnecessary weed growths. Choose between this or starting with the Dutch. In the end, we usually recommend getting rid of unnecessary garden growths with the Scuffle hoe;
Absolutely important to have while taking care of your chilling zone in the back of your house. Even if you might not have a garden to look after, having a Dirt rake will help you gather all the unnecessary and unclean soil with dead tree particles. If you cut weed or other growths Dirt rake is the tool to help you and gather all of it in one place and throw it in a trash bag.
This helps you gather the dead leaves the same way the Dirt rake helps you gather the unnecessary dirt and weed. The leaf rake will let you sweep fallen leaves, dead branches and other rubbish in one place.
Garden Shovel or D handle Shovel
Garden shovel is a must when practicing gardening. You will regularly have to dig the soil and turn it over and the Shovel is the way to do it. Most often, this will be the tool that you mostly will use in the beginning, prior to planting and will help you mix and steer when fertilizing the soil. Buy one with a D handle, hence it is more convenient.
There are miniature, steel hoes with which you will clean the flower or plant beds of your garden. Ordinary hoes are extremely important for day-to-day plant care and your gardening.
Knife (Patio knife)
Always a must have - it will help you cut unwanted roots, remove little stones or cut grass that is stuck in between pavements; Helps you weed out and plant new flower bulbs into the ground.
Scissors will come handy… always! You will need them while trimming flowers, it will help you in pruning while cutting out dead flower parts or sick flower branches. You will cut textile, or anything other that needs to be shortened or cut. It is a must to have while gardening.
What month is best to start a garden?
April is the month of flowers and the time in which nature‘s awakening is celebrated. You should start preparation in Autumn or even January. If you are a fan of gardening and you are doing it as a hobby it is a good idea to make the best of April and use all the occasions in order to boost your knowledge about gardening and involve yourself even further in it.
Some flowers bloom differently, so make sure to consider it. What a garden usually consists of are fresh flowers at the center and green plants in its rear. Of course the outlook of a garden depends on the way the gardener has decided to construct the garden.
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WATCH OUT FOR PESTS
You have to always remember that flowers‘ biggest enemies in your garden or in your home are pests. Every different flower attracts a different sort. Of course, you probably know that not all miniature insects are harmful for your garden-some of them are very helpful when it comes down to the leaves of the flower and the whole system of your garden. So don’t happen to try and eradicate every single little being that lurks upon your flowers.
They are all there for a reason and if you are doing your job right those reasons will only be good. Besides, if you are afraid of not being able to recognize the dangerous and harmful little organisms, you don’t have to worry because either way you can’t see them with the naked eye. What you can look for and actually spot is any sort of damage on the flower petals or the stem itself. Then you can start to worry and use all sorts of killing sprays or protective substances. This article will give you the details of some of those little insects that can be genuinely harmful to your garden.
CLEAN PARASITES from YOUR GARDEN
Naturally, the number of harmful kinds of bugs for your garden virtually seems innumerable but the truth is that there are only some types that are really popular primarily because of their devastative effects.
For instance, the caterpillars are famous for chewing the leaves of your flowers which needless to say is superbly damaging for them. They start from the edges of the leaf and continue to eat it. If you do not stop them on time, your leaf will look like a burned sheet of paper. Beetles, on the other hand, are different. They do not gradually eat the flower and in most cases they do not eat the whole of it at all. What they generally do is to pinch giant holes in the leaf and leave it like that so that they can return later.
In a similar way the aphids and the whiteflies produce holes or remove entire sections from the body of the leaves.
However, there are some specific differences and if you memorize them you will greatly assist yourself with the extermination of those hostile germs.
The best way to eliminate such insects is by buying spraying products or by placing some sort of insect venom in the soil.
There are many kinds of those and the more expensive they are, the more effective they grow and the less are the side effects on the flowers themselves. If you visit a florist shop you could simply bring pictures and you will be told what your problem is and what you need to buy in order to get rid of it.
GET RID OF WEEDS AND DISEASES regularly
The problem with weeds is not regarding just the worsened visual look of your flowers when weeds are around. The main problem that they cause is the amount of water and nutrition they absorb from the soil of each flower- provisions that should go to the flower itself. You can either rip weeds off, spray them or just provide enough protective substances for the soil so that you can avoid their reappearance.
The most difficult condition of flowers is when they have caught a disease of some sort. Only a florist or a person with a wide range of books close at hand or a very knowledgeable person can find the exact disease a certain flower is suffering from. There are many ways to treat it-using special healing substances or in the worst case scenario-replacing the flower.
Making your garden special
If you are looking to give your garden a bolder look you can experiment by purchasing three or more shades of one color and grow them close to one another so that they can flow into each other but you will have to be extra careful with the placement of the seeds, the watering and the overall care for the garden in order for all of the flowers to grow on the same level with the same speed.
Take a proper look at the available space you can use in order to establish and grow your garden and think of the right shape in which you want it. You can build it around the path leading from the sidewalk of the road up to the entrance of your house or you could establish your garden on the borders of your house.
Be careful where your garage is situated and try to grow your garden as far as possible from it-after all the car will constantly emit poisonous gases that can damage your flowers in time. Also don‘t place the garden in a place that is too open for sunlight.
Make sure the shadow from your house protects your house or you could simply place the garden in the shadow of a tree. Don‘t pick just ordinary and well known flowers if you are the adventurous type. If you are a devoted gardener you will turn the process of taking care of your garden into a bit of a challenge. Choose more exotic types and such that require more special attention than the ordinary watering and feeding.
To sum up, gardening requires attention and constant care. Of course, the bigger and more spectacular the garden is, the more devoted is its gardener but either way having a garden is a remarkable experience and any man who dares to go through it is worthy of admiration.