Summer is right around the corner, which means everyone wants to be outside soaking up the 90-degree sun! And what is a great activity to do in these warm summer months? Picking up gardening! This is an activity that is great for all ages, plus it is a great form of exercise and easy on your joints. Whether you are new to gardening or have always had a green thumb, there is no better time to start growing your favorite flowers, fruits, and veggies. So, grab your gloves, tools and read the top 5 tips for gardening as a beginner (and hey even if you are an expert, take a look, you may learn something new!).
1. Be on the lookout for prime location.
You want to make sure your garden is noticeable. Yes, we say noticeable because if your garden isn’t staring at you in the face, you may forget about it. And as a lot of us may find out – it is easy to forget to water your plants and give them the TLC they need to grow and prosper. Plus, don’t forget to plant your seeds where there is a lot of sunlight because most edible plants will require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to grow.
2. Stay close to your plants’ hydration station!
You want to make sure you are in arm’s length of your watering hose. (OK maybe not actually arm’s length but close!) This is a big tip to keep in mind because rolling out your hose across the yard can take a lot of time and effort. Also, this eliminates the need to carry your watering can back and forth a million times to make sure your plants are full.
3. Know your plants likes and dislikes.
You need to know your plant’s type because some plants love sunlight and that some only need a little to none to survive. Some need more space to grow to their fullest potential because they’re fat and plump, and others need a little less room to grow tall and petite. Also, remember not all plants grow in the Summer! So do your research and find plants that would be pals and grow big and strong together at the right time of the year.
4. Don’t forget about your plants’ cozy bed of soil & mulch!
To ensure your plants grow to their biggest and BEST potential you need to know the importance of soil and mulch. (Yes- both!) Most people assume you only need 1 or the other, but actually, your plants will flourish even better with both. Even though it can be easier to just use soil since it’s already in the ground (so it’s more cost-effective) but bare soil dries up faster under direct sunlight making your plants thirsty for more water. But if you add a generous amount of mulch on top of your bare soil, it will help conserve your plants’ water and ensure it keeps it moisture for a longer time. And another pro for mulch is that it keeps those pesky weeds from sprouting up and hugging all over your plants!
5. Possibly the most important tip: Cut yourself some slack when you fail…
Unfortunately, gardening looks a lot easier than it is. We have all seen our next-door neighbor sprouting the most perfectly round, juicy, red tomatoes, but we have to remember that’s not always how it pans out. Even your advanced gardening neighbor had trouble growing those immaculate tomatoes at the beginning. Gardening takes practice, sometimes your plants will not even spout or will die a little too soon, but that’s okay. You have to get used to it and keep trying until you find your perfect summer batch!