Gardening Tips for newbies

When you move to your first house, you realize there are many things to take care of. Most of them like replacing an outlet, a pipe or even bulbs are easy projects that you can do by yourself, but there’s something that apartments don’t have or that your mom took care of in your previous house: gardens. Starting from taking care of your grass you can fall in love with the art of planting and seeing your babies blossoming. Gardening can be hard at first, but there are a lot of simple tips that you can follow to make it easier.

First of all, try to keep your pots light, one of the most common mistakes made by beginners and even experienced gardeners is filling the pots from its base to the top with potting mix. It’s advisable to fill the bottom third or half with some kind of foam packing peanuts, covering the top with landscape fabric and then putting a potting mix that has peat moss and vermiculite in order to make your pots even lighter.

One of the activities that can drive the beginner gardener insane is shoveling. Most of time, dirt and potting mix refuse to let the shovel go and remains stuck to it and no-stick shovels can be expensive. Don’t worry, there’s a solution: make your regular steel shovel a no-stick one by spraying a silicone or Teflon lubricant coat before starting your job. That’ll make you do less effort.

Some gardeners see their plants as children that need to be taught how to behave. Some plants are more aggressive than others, for example, the roots of goose-neck loose-strife can overtake your entire garden in a blink if you don’t plant it with some restrictions. The solution here is to set boundaries to it by planting them in a plastic container that keeps the roots from spreading widely. The bottom of the container could be cut off to redirect the roots to grow directly into the soil.

Sometimes, our flower bulbs that have just been planted might seem pretty tasty to some creatures that might be roaming our gardens. They’ll try to dig the soil to get them and leave us without our precious flowers. There’s a way to keep them from eating our bulbs which consists in setting a cage for them while they grow. How? With some poultry netting placed on the soil where the bulbs were planted and fixing it with some tent stakes. That way, your bulbs will be unreachable.

Last but not least help your root-bound plants. If your plant has been growing inside a pot, its roots might make intricate circles that might keep water and nutrients to reach the roots. Be careful to assist them by planting them in bigger pots as they grow and cutting some roots to make the others more exposed to water.

With time, you’ll find even more tools that will make your gardening journey even more enjoyable. Let’s put hands to work!