Gardening does not have to be complicated as long as you can follow a few key principles of growing. For a beginner, of course, things can seem quite daunting, but just remember to find accurate information on the subject.
With motorized tillers and the fact that seeds are easy to plant, some people create gardens that are far too large and far too diverse to manage. The trick to good gardening is to start small in the beginning. Pick three or four items you want to grow and select a relatively small space.
If you have weeds before gardening, you will have exponentially more weeds once it starts to grow. You don’t only want to cut down the weeds as if they’re grass; you want to pull up the roots of the weeds entirely.
Different items grow at different rates and do better in different times of the year. You might not have to plant some leafy greens until the peak of summer, whereas you may have to plant some root vegetables near the start of spring. Be aware of the timeline.
A garden isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it project. Once planted, you still have to manage it constantly. Keep the critters away, keep the weeds at bay, and keep the water flowing. Stake your tomatoes, trim up your lettuce. It’s an actual job.
Rabbits will love to get into a garden, but what you’re really watching out for are bugs. You don’t want bugs eating the leaves and ultimately the buds of the actual produce. Weeds are also harder to get as your garden begins to grow, because you may not know the difference in a weed and a sprouting plant. Learn the difference and pluck the weeds regularly.
As a general rule, you should water moderately every night as the sun goes down. Watering too heavy and multiple times during the day will drown the seeds that haven’t sprouted and will saturate the ones that have.
In the middle of May it’s not unheard of for the weather to drop down significantly at night. Your plants may not handle the shock well. Keep a close eye on the weather. If it’s going to be a cold night, do not water your plants. If your plants are strong enough, you can lightly wrap them to cut back on the moisture and potential plant-killing frost.
One of the best things about waiting for the proper time to harvest your plants is that a lot of plants will keep producing food. Picking it too soon, however, can kill the plant. Also, picking below the peak of freshness will give you blander, smaller items.
Dangerous chemicals and growth enhancers can sap the flavor from your food and also pose potential health hazards to you and your family. Growing in the pure soil with no add-ons is the way to go. Organic food is healthier and a lot more natural tasting.
Seeds aren’t going to sprout and grow plants overnight. A lot of people give up on garden maintenance if they don’t see results in a few weeks. You have to be really patient with a garden, especially since some vegetables can take months to show signs of maturity.
As you can tell from the tips above, gardening is far removed from rocket science. As long as you can follow some easy tips, you can have a beautiful garden this year.