Gardening is pure pleasure if only you know exactly how to make a better garden! You can get some exercise, relaxation and a chance to interact with nature by gardening. You’ll have to gain lot of experience to become a good gardener. You can achieve this by understanding everything about gardening from the knowledge passed on by successful gardeners. By following few simple tips, you can create a wonderful garden and also enjoy your gardening time. You can also discover a great deal by yourself if you go in the right direction. I compiled here a list of 10 simple gardening tips and tricks that are extremely useful.
10. Keep the Basic Gardening Supplies at Hand
Basic gardening supplies are always a good investment if you want to be successful in gardening. It is necessary that you gather a basic set of gardening tools to perform various activities. The list of tools you require is mostly based on the type of garden you are growing. Some important tools include shovels, knife, scissors, hand trowel, dibbler, pruner, hand rake, digging fork etc. A bucket, tool carriers, watering cans and a garden hose are also helpful. An important thing you have to keep in your mind is to protect yourself. You will need a hat, gloves and other supplies for sun protection. When you buy tools take care to get the ones of good quality. It is totally worthy to spend a few bucks more to get good quality supplies.
9. Gardening and Fun
Most importantly you got to have fun while gardening. It is more pleasing to do gardening as a fun activity than making it a nerve-wracking difficult work. If you are not enjoying gardening, all the work you do is such waste. To avoid making gardening tiring and frustrating, you must keep things simple. You should have control over your garden if you want to enjoy it. Don’t get too ambitious and set higher goals. It is better to relish the experience of creating a small garden and then expand it later when you are ready to handle it. All I am saying is learning and enjoying must go hand in hand. This is best described in Alfred Austin’s words “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”
8. Use Organic Fertilizer
Most of the gardeners prefer organic approach in developing their gardens. If you want to go for sustainable gardening, then organic fertilizers will be your first step. Organic fertilizers serve as the best option to provide plants all the nutrients they require in a better manner. On the other hand synthetic fertilizers are only a short fix and they will destroy useful microorganisms in the soil. In other words, synthetic fertilizers are like addictive drugs while organic fertilizers are like beneficial natural medicines. I would definitely suggest going for organic fertilizers as they enhance soil health and come with many advantages.
7. Identify Pests and Diseases
The first step in preventing the damage caused to the garden is to identify the problem. Not all of your garden visitors are harmful. In fact 95% of them are useful or harmless. You have to remember about the good bugs and the pollinators before taking any action. The common garden pests are snails, aphids, grubs and grasshoppers. Insects are mostly attracted to sick or weak plants. So it is important to keep your garden healthy in order to avoid these insects. The common garden diseases are caused by bacteria, virus and fungi. These diseases are carried by insects or even through garden tools. Cleaning the garden tools after each use and removal of diseased parts of plants are best solutions to this problem. You need to take great care in diagnosing the problems faced by your plants and treat them using the data on pests and diseases from reliable sources.
Spreading a layer of different organic materials on the surface of soil is known as Mulching. Mulched gardens are healthier, more weed free and drought resistant compared to unmulched gardens. Besides they also look more attractive. Mulching gives you the advantage of spending less time for watering, weeding and other maintenance activities. It is not only time saving but also beneficial. Mulching helps to maintain moisture content by reducing water loss from soil. Other benefits include providing nutrients for plants, minimizing weed competition, insulating roots from winter cold and improving soil texture. In order to get good results you need to learn ‘when’ and ‘how’ to mulch as improper mulching can cause problems.
5. Proper Watering
You have to pay lot of attention while watering as too much or too little of water can damage the plants. You should be careful because different plants have different water requirements. Correct timing and judgment are needed for watering. Some tips for proper watering include watering only when needed, using right tools to water, and watering in the morning. Remember to water deeply and thoroughly. See that roots get access to all the water instead of the leaves as wetting the foliage promotes spread of diseases.
4. Take Care of Soil
The success of your garden depends on how healthy you keep your garden soil. Adding mulch or compost will do well, but in the long run more care has to be taken to maintain the soil healthy. The first thing you have to do is to know your soil. After analyzing the condition of your soil, you can add the necessary minerals or nutrients in which the soil is deficient. The best ways to achieve healthy soil is to increase organic matter and mineral availability. If the soil is very good you won’t even have to stress over the fertilizers.
3. Choose the Right Plants
Plants are what make a garden. This makes choosing the right plants for your garden a very important thing and this can be quite a difficult task. Your choosing of plants will be influenced by factors like the budget constraints, pre-existing plants, garden space, shape and form of plants, habit, weather, soil fertility, your gardening style and so on. Make sure that the plants you choose fit with the growing conditions that you can provide. You can make your own systematic plan regarding the plants you want to introduce into your garden and put it into effect. One advice is not to overcrowd your garden with lots of plants.
2. Have a Plan and Maintain Garden Records
This will save you a lot of time and kill all the confusion. Deciding on what to do before-hand will make your gardening time not only productive but also enjoyable. Keep record of the progress of your gardening from the very beginning. Write down all your experiences and things you learned in your Garden journal. You can even add photos of your garden at different stages into your journal and even add notes along with them. By keeping track of your gardening activities and other details like the plant varieties you used, which plants grew well or which didn’t, implements you used, pests you faced, planting and harvesting dates etc. you can succeed in preventing failures in the next year’s garden. Remember that good gardening is a result of good planning!
1. Know Gardening
The reason for failure in gardening is nothing but lack of knowledge. It is very important to know and understand what you are doing. As it is gardening in this case, you ought to get all the advice you can on gardening. I would suggest subscribing to a gardening magazine and buying some useful reference books on gardening. Reading up on gardening will enhance your knowledge about it. I personally feel that there is no better way to become a good gardener rather than gaining an insight from all the available sources. You can also gain knowledge from your own experiences or from the experiences of fellow gardeners. As gardeners are more willing to share their expertise, it wouldn’t be a problem to know the secrets to a better garden from the great gardeners!