Gardening is the number one most popular outdoor activity in the country. Every year 33 million households, or 37% of the overall population, will develop some type of garden this year. The average home will spend 32 dollars to yield 356 dollars worth of produce. The number one reason people garden is a tie between a bad economy and our national interest in living a healthy lifestyle. But, there is more to gardening then buying a bag of topsoil with a seed packet from your local hardware store.
Know Your Region
This I feel is the most important piece of advice I can give a newbie. The reason why this is so important is that crops need certain elements in order to thrive. What works in your garden might not work for the person in the state next door. This requires a great deal of research on your part to know what grows and what doesn’t in your area. If you have any questions take a trip to your local garden center or greenhouse, there you’ll find seasoned experts that will love to answer any questions you might have.
When starting a garden you’ll want to pick easy, hardy vegetables to begin with. Pick ones you know that will grow fast, and don’t require much work. Gardening requires a lot of time and patience which is why you’ll want to start with basic plants like sunflowers, ferns, and tomatoes. Starting off easy also helps build your self-esteem, and encourages you to continue going to bigger, complex plants. It’s these little victories that pave the way for larger milestones.
Go Easy With The Water
You’ll want to keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet. Roots need water and CO2 to thrive. To get that they suck it out of the air. If you make the soil wet you’ll drown the roots, preventing the photosynthesis process. Over-water can also cause fungus and mold to develop, blocking sunlight from reaching the roots. Roots need sunlight in order to keep the systems inside the plant running smoothly. Also, it’ll cause water to pool around the plant which will attract birds, bugs, and mosquitoes.
Gardening Is An Everyday Job
Proper maintenance is required in order to have a successful garden. You can’t just plant seeds and call it a day. You’ll need to weed, prune, and tidy up the garden every day. This will give your roots access to the proper amount of sunlight, as well as room for your plants to grow. This will also give you an opportunity to observe your plants daily and stop any issues that might be starting to develop.
Patience Is Key
Growing plants is a long process. Some may take weeks to grow, while others take months. Some need to be planted as a seedling. Meanwhile, a few can be put in the ground as is. Once again this is why research is so important when starting out. You’ll also want to start your garden as soon as possible. Most experts suggest that you should plant no later than one week after the last frost of the winter season. But, at the same time, you don’t want to start to late or your crops can die the first frost of the year. You need to give your plants plenty of time to grow and thrive in between these two frost periods.