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The Best Gardening Tips and Tricks for Beginners

If you have a spacious backyard the best thing to do is start a garden. You can start gardening as a hobby, but the results are so rewarding. Whether you want to grow flowers or delicious foods there are a few tips to ensure you get the right results.

If you are a beginner gardening could seem a bit complicated, but there are easy things you will understand and accomplish easily as do homework for me. The best thing about doing gardening is it takes away a fraction of the amount of money you use to buy vegetables. Most importantly the vegetables are fresh every time you prepare them.

Plan location.

Location matters in gardening, especially if you have not done it before you might forget you are gardening. You can start with container gardening before moving to a bigger location.

When you start you want to ensure the location you choose is good with optimal growing conditions for the plants. Avoid spots that are vulnerable to natural disaster elements such as flooding or an old creek bed running through.

Take note of the sun pattern in your garden when choosing a suitable location.

If you are doing produce gardening such as fruits, vegetables, and herbs they need at least 6 hours of sunlight to grow well. Southward facing gardens are best as vegetable gardens since it receives the most amount of light.

If the area is occupied choose the east or west side for gardening. Elements casting shadows should be considered because it is important that the morning sun is not blocked from the plants but in the afternoon shade is desired.

Invest in good soil if anything good will come out of it.

The soil should be well drained and rich in nutrients with plenty of compost. If you have no access to compost you can make your own by using food waste. Good organic soils drain well, hold moisture at the same time, they are rich in humus.

Clay soil is best for later crops because it takes longer to break up and warm up. Light soil needs lots of compost and manure to avoid water draining at a high rate and they are the best for vegetables. Loam soil is ideal for gardening because it is loose, well-aerated which holds and absorbs nutrients and water.

Start gardening near a water source which is accessible to make it easy for you.

If you push a finger into the soil and an inch down the soil is dry it is time for watering. To make it easier when watering, buy a watering can or have a spray nozzle connected to your pipe.

Plant the right plants

If you plant the wrong kind plants, no matter the kind of care you give to them, they will disappoint you especially if they are not for that region. You can check online from the plant hardiness zone map. Pick the right varieties for your area; if you live in warm climates, choose warm tolerant plants because they will perform better under such a climate.

Choosing the right plants depends on several factors the major ones being the size of the garden, the climate of the area, the soil type and your personal preferences.

Choose easy to grow plants at first.

Ask about easy to grow plants for a beginner. These plants include onions, basil, tomatoes, pepper and some flowers like the sunflowers.

Learn the right time for planting.

Planting late or early could be disastrous; note the frost dates and calculate when you will harvest because if the cold season finds plants in the garden they might get damaged.

Make a layer of mulch in your garden

This is very essential because a layer of about 3 inches keeps the weeds from growing. Mulching reduces the amount of water lost through evaporation and the sun rays are blocked the weeds are reduced. For mulching, use pine straw, shredded leaves or any other available material. When the mulch layer decays, it acts as manure adding nutrients to your soil.

For your garden, you would want to go organic to prevent soil degrading rate.

Soil used to harsh chemical and fertilizers is bound to become weak and prone to diseases. Organically grown plants have better tasting produce. There are organic methods of pest control.

Seek information on what you need to feed your plants regularly starting with great soil, but the plants also need nutrients, air, and water sufficiently to grow in a healthy way.

Kitchen Garden

Plan ahead, but early spring is the best time to create a vegetable plot. You would want to grow every kind of vegetable, but growing everything will be lots of work, select a few. Have a fence or a barrier which will filter the effects of strong winds to the garden.

Choose to grow vegetables and herbs that you love and buy which constitute a high percentage of your budget. Space should also guide you on what to grow. You would love to plan well so that you harvest through most seasons in the year.

Raised beds serve better for plots of vegetables because they prevent soil washing away, provide good drainage, bar pests such as snails from your vegetables and increase soil temperature.

Mix different kinds of vegetables, flowers, and herbs in one area. Having one kind of plant attracts pests, but when they are all mixed, pests keep away. After harvesting, do not let your garden lie idle have fast fillers such as salad greens, which grow easily, can be easily moved when it’s planting time.

Gardening is easy when you put these few tips to work. Connect with neighbors who have similar gardens near your area and find out how they are faring on. It is important to get reviews from people who have been gardening for a while or online reviews from, you will get priceless advice. Did you know that pruning and trimming increase air circulation to your plants? Now you know.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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