Gardening 101 – Where to Start and What to Do

Gardening is a great hobby which can also become an essential part of one’s life. With enough effort and knowledge, you can produce food for yourself. While for starters, producing the entirety of your food could be a challenge, having a salad from your own garden, as well as herbs, is not an unrealistic goal.

Here are the things you should know to start your own garden, as well as things to avoid.

Check Your Conditions – Soil, Climate and Sun Exposure

The first thing you want to do before you start choosing plants and planting anything is to check your own conditions. The soil is the first thing you want to check. Either do it yourself via tools you can purchase or have an expert do it for you. The conditions of the soil will determine the plants you can plant.

The climate is another thing to take note of. You need to account for rough winters or extremely hot summers if you have those. If the weather is calm, that is also something to take note of. Not all plants react the same to different weather types nor do all plants like the same weather, no matter how nice it feels for us.

Check where you want to place your garden and whether that location has enough exposure to sunlight or in some cases, whether it has too much exposure to sunlight. All of these things will affect the types of plants you could plant.

Choose the Plants You Want Accordingly – As Well as When to Plant Them

If you know your soil and region and climate, you can start looking at plants which are the most likely to succeed in your conditions. Choosing the plants is only the first step. You should also take note of when should the chosen plants be planted. Not every time of year is suitable for every type of plant. Most plants like spring, but some enjoy other seasons. Do your research beforehand, in order to save yourself a lot of trouble, as well as your plant.

Have the Right Tools Ready – No Gardener is Without Tools

Tools are necessary in gardening. You should always have a pair of gloves handy, as well as a spade and trowel. A rake and fork are recommended, as well as a wheelbarrow. You cannot realistically have a garden without a garden hose or watering can. Your plants will need water, some daily, some not as frequently.

These tools are necessary and should not be overlooked. Garden shears, or hand clippers as they are often called, are really useful, not to mention loopers if you want to clip some branches on a tree.

Keep Track of Your Garden – Have a Tracker or Calendar Handy

Keep track of what you are doing to your garden, whether harvesting, maintenance or if the plants had any diseases. Planting itself should also be tracked, whether the root was placed too deep or too shallow. All of these things can help you in your next planting or even when maintaining the current garden.

The more you know, the easier it will be to plant more and to keep the already present plants healthy.

As Always – Have Patience

Patience is key in gardening, it is not something you do once or overnight. It is a process, which can last up to a year or more, depending on the plant. Some respond quicker, others do not. If you make mistakes along the way, it is a perfect opportunity to learn and improve.

These are some of the things to consider before starting work your new garden. Have these things in mind and you should be good to go.