Gardening Tips for Beginners

Gardening is easy, fun, and provides you with hours of entertainment when it comes to planning exactly what you want. You can pick out the perfect plants for your garden, create your personal space, and indulge in everything else that goes with creating the garden you always wanted. The more you work on your garden the more it will come naturally to you, but as a beginner, mistakes can be made that leave you less than happy with the outcome. That is why this article will provide you with useful tips for the beginner gardener.

  1. Knowledge is Power
    Gardening is a design choice that is based on your climate, your property, and your personal taste. This means planning around what you want and what you can do. Things to consider would be what kind of plants grow best in your area, how much work you want to put into your garden, if you will grow vegetables, and what kind of room do you want. Everyone is different, with some people wanting more room for their children to play in the yard and others wanting their garden to fill up as much room as possible. Sketching an idea of what you want will solidify what you can and cannot do, thus making it easier to organize and create the garden you want.
  2. Start Small
    Starting small is something to expect when you begin your first garden. It may be easy to be caught up in the idea of a lush green area with many different types of plants that are perfectly trimmed and accented with decorative stone paths, but that would take much more than simply planting flowers in the ground. Pick out maybe two or three different plants at first to plant in your garden and learn how these plants grow the best. Expanding out from there is the best method to creating a healthy garden, otherwise you might become overwhelmed with the work and inadvertently let the plants wither and die.
  3. The Center of Attention
    Once you have a design and the plants you wish to use, make sure you have a center point to work around. Pick one flower, bush, tree, or vegetable as your garden’s center of attention and work the rest of the plants around this one. This allows for you to use plants with similar needs to your focal plant. This is also allows you to make one type of plant look fantastic and draw the focus of your garden to it until you feel more comfortable expanding your garden to more plants.
  4. Learn the Patterns
    Gardening is all about the necessity of the plants you have, and these necessities are sunlight, fertile soil, warm temperatures, and water. Studying the climate and sunlight patterns on your lawn can either make or break your garden. Some plants need a lot of sunlight and others do not. Thus, finding out how the sun crawls across your yard, how fertile your soil is, as well as the amount of wind your plants will have to withstand, are all important to know. Many beginners simply do not take these considerations into account and when their garden is not flourishing, they can be confused as to why.
  5. Change is Good
    As a beginner, it is not unusual that you will have to make changes as needed, and work with what you have instead of what you want. Beginning a garden is as much experimentation as it is making a plan. Understanding that the plants you like may not grow well in your area, and learning what looks great can take time. You may begin with one design for a garden and in a few years it is completely unrecognizable from the original plan. What is important is adapting to what works best in your area and having fun.

Gardening walks the line between a simple hobby and a lot of work. It takes time and effort to produce a garden that is admirable to others, and doing so means understanding the nature of plants. That is why researching the plants that grow best in your area before starting a garden is good to do, as well as learning about the best ways for the plants to thrive with the right fertilizers and climate. Of course a professional can always help you get started, and with ears of knowledge working with plants and how they thrive best, extra help is a great option. Regardless, gardening should be fun and rewarding and a great way to fill your time this spring.