Before you use the shovel and sow, you have to plan. At least define certain details, no matter how small or big the project is. Starting a garden can have a serious problem... it has a tendency to become addictive and if you do not plan early, you may regret certain decisions.
Here’s my Top 6 of the basics you need to know if you want to be a successful gardener.
1. Know the basic needs of plants. Plants need at least 3 elements: earth, water and light.
2. Decide what type of garden you want: Flowers, fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, potted, rustic, indoor, urban or vertical garden.
Investigate how tall and wide each plant you want will grow, this will help to dedicate the space for the optimal development of the plant
3. Working tools. Cook or Chef, you need knives. The same thing happens in the garden, whether you’re new or a titan, having the right tools makes it easy to do the job. If you want to go with the essentials you need: a type of shovel, work gloves, good soil, seeds or seedlings, area where you want the plants to grow, a hat to protect you from the sun, a kneeler and do not be be afraid of getting dirty.
5. When to plant? When I first started my garden, I planted anytime until I discovered the Farmer’s Almanac. Now I try to stay in synthesis with it, however it is your garden and you will do as you wish based on your plants unique needs and qualities.
6. Where to get plants? There are many places to get plants. Perhaps your yard already has plants you want and all you need to do is spread them. You can share or exchange with neighbors or co-workers. You can also visit the gardening shops like Home Depot which has everything you need to make your garden a reality. There’s always the convenience of the internet shopping; it has a great repertoire.
As an additional note: I recommend a notebook where you make notes by date and season about your garden, to understand the behavior and stages. For example note where the sun rises and where the sun sets. Measure your plants, record the progress, describe their behavior, the color of the leaves. All that information will help you learn how to grow your garden better.
Gardening is part of a process within Mother Nature. Listen to it and enjoy it!
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