First Time Gardening - Advice that Will Mean a Lot
Posted on: 30 August 2018 by David Koller
Gardening can be fun and relaxing. However, if you are new to it, here are some great starting pieces of advice!
A lot of skills can be learned by simply trying your hand in them, however, what comes to you as intuitive after a first try, might not seem so in the planning stage. This is particularly true in gardening and with all the learning material out there, there’s virtually no excuse for embarking into this adventure unprepared or underprepared. With that in mind and without further, there are several first time gardening tips that can make a world of difference for the first-timer.
Don’t delay or postpone
All of the research we’ve mentioned in the introduction can be done in one afternoon, while it doesn’t take long to get all the necessary items, seeds and materials either. This means that you can start your gardening as soon as tomorrow. Of course, you don’t have to know absolutely everything about gardening to make the first move, nor do you need to have a toolbox of a seasoned gardener. You can self-improve and refill your inventory as you go. The sooner you start; the sooner you’ll get to see all the perks but also difficulties that come hand-in-hand with gardening.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself to do your gardening is to start making your own compost. These two trends go hand in hand, seeing as how they program you to look out for usable debris. This means that it A) helps you keep your home nice, clean and neat and B) helps you make your soil healthier, at the same time. In your home-made compost, you can use most food leftovers(basically anything that’s not meat or dairy). Aside from this, you can also use shredded old newspapers, sawdust, and wood chips. The reason why you need to know this before you start gardening is so that you don't discard all of this waste in any other way.
Tools save labor
Standard gardening tools like a shovel, a hoe, a garden fork, a spade and a lawn mower aren’t all that you need in order to get started. First, you need to ask yourself where all of this is going to be deposed when out of use. The answer to this question is not nearly as simple as it may seem, due to the fact that every method has its drawbacks and advantages. While a Hoselink retractable hose reel may be enough to solve your problem with the hose, items that contain complex mechanical and electrical part may have to be stored inside. Metal tools (the majority of them) needs to be stored in a dry place, in order to reduce the rate of corrosion. If left outside, even the most potent anti-corrosive solutions won’t be able to do you much good.
Research the notion of companion planting
Prior to planning the layout of your garden, you need to research the notion of companion planting. What this means is that you need to look for plant pairs that are natural allies and plant them next to each other, while also figuring out which pairs are natural enemies and keeping them as far away as possible. In a lot of cases, companion planting can make your job so much easier. For instance, since potatoes repel bean beetles, you can avoid the use of pesticides which is great for your health, budget, and effort at the same time.
Don’t start off too ambitious
When you start doing your independent research, you’ll encounter terms such as crop rotation and succession planting, however, this is not something you need to worry about during the first year. No matter what you plant, you won’t deplete the soil in a single harvest and trying to be a perfectionist about it may only hold you back and postpone the starting date of your gardening project. As we mentioned in the introduction, what matters the most, for the time being, is that you get going.
Salads can be daily picked
One of the reasons why you should daily pick herbs and salads is due to the fact that it makes all your effort much easier to bear. The second advantage of this course of action lies in the fact that it gives you a morale boost over the prolonged period of time. In this way, every time you decide to prepare a meal, you can remind yourself of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
At the end of the day, you need to understand that poking around your garden all the time isn’t just exhausting but sometimes even counterproductive. Some plants that seem like they need to be chopped down may reinvigorate themselves later on. Still, by being too hasty you’ll never find out. This is exactly why it’s important that you start gardening and learn about gardening simultaneously. Only in this way will you set yourself on the right path.