Gardening is a fun-filled, simple hobby that can boost your confidence and well being, while at the same time strengthening your connection with the earth. If you have never gardened before, here are a few important things to keep in mind before you start.
Select the right location
Selecting the right spot in your yard that is easily accessible and that you see regularly is important. Especially when starting out, as it ensures that you keep track of your progress and regularly tend to your garden. Equally important is selecting a spot that gets regular sunshine throughout the year as if you are planning to grow vegetables, herbs, or fruits, they require at least 6 hours of sun to grow properly. Also, try to have a source of water close by so that you can easily water your plants with a hose whenever required.
Select the right soil
One of the most important factors when it comes to the health of your plants is the quality of the soil. To ensure proper growth, invest in the right soil that is high in nutrients, and has the right amount of water absorption for the types of plants that you are planning to grow.
Consider using containers
Containers allow you to grow multiple pots easily and are useful if working with smaller spaces. When selecting a container, make sure that it is the sufficient size for the plant it is hosting. You can also make your own containers using simple household objects that are wide and shallow, by drilling a few holes in their bottoms.
Select the right plants
It is usually a good idea to start with plants that grow well where you live. You can also consider the hardiness zone of your area when selecting plants. Try putting plants that require more sunlight into the sunny sections and consider starting with young plants instead of seeds. Also, make sure to plant and harvest at the right time of the year.
Feed nutrients to your plants
Regularly adding high-quality plant food to the soil can help your garden thrive. You can also look at composting the scraps from your kitchen and adding them to the soil. Adding a layer of mulch around each plant that is 2 to 3 inches deep is also a good idea as it prevents weeds from growing as well as moisture loss.