7 Frugal Gardening Tips for Beginners:
To start with a vegetable garden a lavish herb garden, or a hanging basket? You have to decide from where you want to start your gardening journey. “Growing vegetables is a fun introduction to gardening,” says Sullivan. As a beginner, you have to take an easy step to grow your landscape fascinatingly. Anyhow, what type do you prefer, here are few gardening tips as a beginner which you can follow before starting.
1.Choose the right plant:
“Take a look at the characteristics of your garden area—from the climate to sun exposure,” says Brian Sullivan, Vice President for Gardens, Landscape, and Outdoor Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. However, choosing the right plant is such a big task, as some plants are sun-loving, some are half shady and others grow in a full shady environment. In this regard, you have to set your garden location according to the traits of chosen plants.
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2.Check the pH level of soil:
Soil pH level determines the properties of soil. It indicates the acidity and alkaline nature of the soil. The easiest way to measure the pH of the soil is through the pH meter. Although the pH ranges from 0-14 the ideal pH level should be between 6.0 to 7.0. Moreover, fourteen of the seventeen nutrients that are necessary for plant growth are obtained from the soil. However, nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are the three main key nutrients.
3.Get some gear
Your outlook of the garden gives the idea of your personality. “Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are,” said Alfred Austin. In this regard gardening tools and equipment play a significant role in making gardening the right choice for you. Because if you want to grow yummy vegetables, lush herbs, and blossom flowers in your garden, it would be much harder to do it without tools. Moreover, If you want to save your money, just buy a few basic tools such as a trowel, pruning shears, a transplanter, a hose or watering can, a pair of durable gloves, and a garden rake.
4.Necessity of Sunlight:
Plants require water, soil, and sunlight to grow! Sunlight is an essential source of energy for plants. But the requirement of the sun differs from plant to plant. For example, leafy plants require less sun of about 4 hours a day, while; fruity plants need more sunlight of about six hours to grow. Monitor the areas of your garden which get dark-shady most of the day, and which get maximum sunlight, then harvest your garden accordingly to get the best results.
5.Close to water:
While tracking the location of the garden, make sure the availability of water is closer. “Give a consistent and ample amount of water,” says Sullivan. “’Consistent’ means you’re doing it regularly and ‘ample’ means enough, which varies from plant to plant”.
When and how much water should be used?
The need for water may vary from plant to plant like seed plants need less water, adult plants need more water, and so on. By keeping in mind their needs, water plants once or twice a week. The soil should be soaked six inches while watering the plants.
However, in the summer season plants consume more water than usual. Water them during the afternoon when the hotness is at its peak. Likewise, water them when the weather is dry.
The perfect time to water the plants is at 4 pm, and 10 am.
6.Learn your frost dates.
It is important to know the variations of weather because it is not the same in every season. For that purpose, a gardener should keep an eye on the historical weather data for planting the right seed at right time. The Spring season is considered to be the most appropriate for planting a garden. Other than that it would be risky and can be disastrous for your garden. Check the frost-free dates for better plantation.
7.Mulch may be your best friend
Mulch will be helpful to your garden!
It protects the soil from erosion and slows down the process of evaporation. For better results, apply mulch in all planting areas of about 2-4 inches. In your new garden, mulch can help you prevent weeds.
“Gardening is a process,” says Sullivan. “It doesn’t just happen in one day—it takes time.” So by following the few gardening tips you can harvest a lavish garden.