Beginner’s Guide to Home Gardening
Beginner’s Guide to Home Gardening
Having a home garden comes with many benefits, other than being good for the environment; it helps reduce stress, makes you happy, raises self esteem, and is beneficial for your heart. If you have recently gained an interest in gardening, for whatever reason it may be, chances are that you are a little lost on where to begin, what plants are best for a beginner and what to do. So, we’re here to help ease your worries. Here is a little beginners guide to home gardening. That we hope helps you in your journey of becoming more green-thumbed.
Make sure to do your research
Just like humans, each individual plant has their own needs that need to be catered too. What works for one plant may not work for another plant. It is important to know exactly what kind of plant you want in your home and the kind of care it requires. And if you’re a beginner, it is better to start off with succulents, or plants that do not require much care such as the money plant, peace lily, and others to make yourself comfortable with caring for a plant in the house.
Even though different plants have different needs. The basic needs of plants which is the amount of sunlight, amount of water, nutrients, and soil are common.
Every plant is involved in the process of photosynthesis. Which is how they harness energy from the sun and convert it into energy. The amount of sunlight that a plant gets can help it thrive in an environment. Some plant prefer low light areas and less sunlight while others grow best in high amounts of sunlight. Some plants also have a preference for the amount and the timing of sunlight. It is important to know what the amount the plant prefers which is why research on that plant is very important.
Just like any other living being, plants also require an adequate amount of water to stay alive. Consider a garden that is close to a hose or any water supply because it is necessary to water your plants often to have happy plants. There are a few ways to know whether your plants require watering, one of the easier ways is to stick your finger an inch in the soil, if it comes out dry it is a sign to water you plants. Some plants may a little lack of water but again the amount of water required by different plants varies, so research is very important.
Nutrients and Soil
It is important to invest in soils that are nutrient rich and can drain adequate water. The soil provides food to the plant and it is important that the food is filled with nutrients that will help the plant thrive. You will find a huge range of plant nutrients online, and some soils come embedded with nutrients so you won’t have to worry about manually adding them. However, if your soil does not contain nutrients it is very important to add the right amount nutrients. Since the pH of the soil plays an important role in the growth of the plant. It is advise to have a testing kit that shows the pH of the soil. Most plants prefer a pH of 6.1 – 7 while some prefer a more acidic soil. Again, it all depends on the kind of plant you decide to buy.
Just like we outgrow our clothes as we grow older, plants tend to outgrow their pots. It is required to repot a plant every few years. Some plants require to be taken out of their pots yearly to inspect their roots. If you want to know whether a plant has outgrown its pot, it will help to look at the signs, which include roots growing out of the drainage hole, water sitting on top of the soil instead of being absorbed, soil looking a dried out or if you notice that the plant looks too big for its pot.
The site in which the plant grows is very important. It will help to buy a plant that fits your current location. For example, if you live in a hot and humid area it is best to search for plants that can thrive there. It also helps to keep your garden close to your sight. So it reduces the chances of you accidentally forgetting about it.
Here are a few tips from us on how to begin your garden. All in all, the most important thing to do before buying a plant to ensure it lives a long life is research. It is very important to research the necessities of the plant so you can better take care of it. We hope this helped you.