Starter Tips for Novice Gardeners

Gardening is hardly an exact science. Even seasoned gardeners make errors, so if you’re a neophyte, you need not be afraid. Below are pointers to help you begin on the right foot:

Be observant and take notes.

This is very simple but useful advice for any beginner: observe the space you plan to use – very closely. How small or large is it? How windy is it on a regular day, and which direction the wind go? Is it sunny or shady? Which specific areas are the sunniest and for how long? Which parts get the most shade and for how long? How are you planning to water the garden? Can you use rainwater? What are the soil’s and the other nutrients’ pH levels? How can you maximize the benefits offered by the space? What is a typical temperature range in your area?

Try to provide the most accurate answers to the questions above. The moment you’ve figured all these details out, your odds of being successful will automatically improve.

Bank on your soil.

Soil that is rich in nutrients is healthy, and healthy soil is the secret to a productive vegetable garden. The best way for plants to absorb nutrients and water is through raised bed gardening technique, where absorption happens from the depths of soil. This shape even allows you to maximize space and increase yields by up to four times.

Plan and design your garden with care.

Know the needs of your plant, and plant them as efficiently as you can. For instance, if you plan to put plants that writhe on the ground, put some nets, a trellis or grilles.

Start with local plants.

Locally grown plants are the best for newbies to start with, because growing them is a lot easier. Unlike exotic vegetables, which are very high maintenance, local vegetables are undemanding and will grow in nearly every soil type there is.

Water the right way.

Watering your plant the right way will give you more yield and at the same time prevent pest infestation and diseases. The most effective way of irrigating garden plants is by using drip lines and soaker hoses, which take the water right where it should be, and gives the roots enough time to absorb water.

Use pesticides with care.

Chemical pesticides are highly toxic even to beneficial insects and polinators, so avoid them completely. Instead, experiment with natural alternatives and see what works best. Examples of ingredients of natural pesticides are garlic, onion, neem and horticulture oils.

Don’t overfertilize.

Most newbies think that the more fertilizers they apply, the better. This is farthest from the truth. Overfertilization actually kills a plant’s roots!Overfertilization can actually kill the roots of a plant. Have your soil tested to know which nutrients you should add and how much.

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