Simple Tips That Can Make You a Wonderful Gardener
I personally find gardening as one of the healthiest and noblest hobbies, wherein you not only fulfill your wishes and make yourself comfortable, but you also spend a considerable amount of time in nature, cementing the bondage between you and Mother Nature, which benefits both the parties at the end of the day. I like gardening, as this is my hobby, and I would like that others grow this hobby as well, as this is to my opinion the best way to stay well. Here are some of the tips that will help you to start off with this fantastic hobby that will seal your bondage with Mother Nature and help you stay fresh, even if you have had a hectic, tiring day.
- Check the soil and opt for the most suitable plants
The first and foremost step that you need to take is checking the type of soil the site of your garden has. Check whether it is light and sandy, or heavy or rich in clay. The type of plants you need to opt for should strictly depend upon the type of soil. In case you are opting to garden in your backyard, you need to keep an eye on the type of plants your neighbors are growing, for the type of soil in your neighborhood will not vary from that of the backyard of your own house.
- Do not stuff too many plants in your garden
Many people have an uncanny knack of buying too many plants and stuffing their gardens with them. This is an absolutely wrong notion, for if you purchase too many plants and stuff them too close to each other, they will not survive for long. Or even if they survive, they will not prosper properly. They will demand more fertilizers and more frequent watering than normal, and even then you will not get the desired results. Moreover, such indiscriminate stuffing of your garden with plants will mean the plants get more prone to diseases. You will get a fair amount of idea about the extent of room needed by the plants by the labels you find they are tagged with, if and when you buy them from the nursery.
- Take extra care with the new plants and be as tender as possible while handling them
Take care while dealing with new plants and be as tender as possible. For instance, if you remove new plants from pots by simply holding round their stems you are likely to either bruise or break them. Instead, you need to gently squeeze the sides of the pot, and then turn it upside down. Use your other hand for catching the plant as soon as it slides out of the pot as you turn it upside down.
- Design properly before you actually act
Before you actually start digging, draw a rough sketch of your garden. Just place the young plants and bulbs on various strategic points of your “supposed-to-be” garden, and see whether you are happy with that. There is no point of changing the locations of the plants after planting them, for that will only lead to their ‘death and destruction’.
- Soak the roots
The last thing that you would want to face is the dry root balls. You need to thoroughly soak the roots with water before you put it in the soil. Also, you need to make sure that the hole you put it into, is actually bigger than the root ball so that the roots do not get squeezed. The roots need to spread adequately, and you need to make sure there is enough room for it. This is needed to make sure that the roots can tap adequate moisture and the soil nutrients, essential for the growth of the plant.
- Do not forget to label the plants
This is particularly important if you are a beginner. I had done the same thing a couple of years back when I started off, and it benefited a lot. The beginners have a propensity of forgetting the location and type of plant that you have planted. Hence, you need to pick up an extra trouble, to prepare plant labels and tag the plants with them. However, most of the plants you purchase come up with tags. Do not discard them.