Gardening for Beginners: Create Your Own Garden with This Guide

Gardening has regained popularity in recent years. Gardening can be hard work, but it's also rewarding. This beginners guide shows you how to start your garden easily:

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Before You Start

The first step to gardening for beginners is to select the type of garden you want. Will you plant a flower garden or a vegetable garden for example? You may settle on a combination of the two. It’s always a good idea to start with a small garden and expand slowly as you learn and your confidence grows.

Get The Right Equipment

Gardening becomes much easier when you have the right tools to get the job done. Go over this checklist before you start planting your flowers and vegetables:

  • The Basics: Two essential tools for most gardeners are pruning shears and loppers.
  • Digging & Raking: Digging is fundamental to planting. Every beginner should have at least one spade, a trowel, a garden fork and a rake. You can use your spade and trowel to dig holes in the ground and a garden fork to break up large masses of soil or to remove roots of the plants.
  • Watering: Along with soil and sunlight, water is a basic component of gardening. A hose and watering can come in handy and are more reliable than rain clouds.
  • Weeding: Every gardener has to deal with weeks. A gardening knife and a forked trowel make dispatching unwelcome weeds much easier.

Pick The Appropriate Plants

Did we mention soil and sunlight? These are the two most influential factors in plant selection. Dig a hole in your garden to see if the soil is sandy or has a clay-like texture. You can also take a peek at your neighbor’s yard to see what plants are doing well over there. If you're really serious you can send a sample of your soil for testing.

You can't do much to change the amount of sun your garden gets, but you can do quite a lot to adjust your soil's PH and other factors to make your plants happy.

How To Plant Young Plants

Younger plants are very delicate. They can be damaged easily. Therefore, a lot of care and attention is warranted when adding young plants to your garden. Avoid forcefully pulling the plant out of its pot to put it in the ground. This force will only damage the plant. Instead, try these steps:

  • Turn the pot upside down.
  • Apply pressure to the sides of the pot to loosen the soil around the edges.
  • Dig your hole ahead of tie so that you can put your plant right into it.
  • Cover the plant's roots with the soil being careful to not pack the earth around the plant too tightly.
  • Once plants are in the ground, water them thoroughly.

Water The Plants Appropriately

With water, in particular, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. The trick to watering your garden is to provide ample water without drowning your plants. Generally, younger plants need to be watered daily to maintain healthy growth. Established plants often need be watered only once every two to three days. Do your research and make sure you know the right amount of water for each plant at every stage of development.

Taking care of your garden is not as difficult as many think it is. With these gardening for beginners tips, you'll be sporting green thumbs in no time.

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