Gardening is an awful lot more work than some people realize. It’s not necessarily the most relaxing hobby out there despite its reputation.
It can be stressful, it can be time-consuming and depending on how much and often you want to do it, I’d go as far as to say that it can be exhausting.
But it’s also extremely rewarding. It’s nice to put so much effort into something and then be able to see the results of that literally growing before your eyes.
And there’s a lot of different ways to take this hobby on. You can just go the route of growing flowers in your garden but you can also start up a vegetable garden.
You could do indoor gardening in a greenhouse too. Gardening is a very diverse thing and there’s something for everyone.
Like I said though, it can get out of hand a little bit if you’re not careful. So here’s five things that every gardener out there should do to help their garden.
If you are not already composting for fertilization, then you should start. You might as well start right now actually.
It’s good for the environment, it means that you won’t have to pay for fertilizer and you can make use of a lot of your waste which would otherwise just be piling up in a landfill.
Composting is an extra skill that you will need to learn but it’s definitely a worthwhile one. You will need to gather up all of the material first.
This can be things like fallen leaves, yard waste and also some household waste too. Things like eggshells, coffee grounds and certain other food waste should be good.
You can even use dead plants if you’ve got any of those cluttering up your garden. Mix all of this stuff up and leave it in a pile in your garden.
Leave it somewhere where it will get plenty of sun and also make sure that it’s all well mixed together.
You’ll know it’s decomposed and ready for you to use on your soil when you can see very little of the materials that you used to build the pile.
It should look dark brown and crumbly. Work this in as the top layer of soil before you start planting.
2. Water Properly
The fact that you need to water your garden is probably the single most basic thing about gardening that there is.
Plants need water to grow, and you can’t always rely on the rain for that. Depending on the climate you might never be able to rely on the rain for that.
So you have to find another way to water your garden. No big deal, there are lots of ways that you can do this.
The problem is that if you are feeding your plants, you could also potentially be feeding things that will become a problem for your plants.
Diseases tend to grow on the plants leaves and on their stems, and so if you’re just spraying the plants then chances are you are going to feed these diseases.
What you need to do is just focus your watering attention on the roots. You can do this by either holding the leaves out of the way while you water, or you can set up an irrigation system.
This way you can ensure that it’s just the soil and the roots that get the water and you can avoid the spread of harmful diseases.
3. Pay Attention to Pests
No matter where you are this is going to be a huge problem. Pests are everywhere and there’s different ones around at different times of the year.
Your plants are pretty much never safe from pests that will slowly chip away at all of your growing efforts and it will drive you crazy.
Caterpillars, snails, slugs, various different kinds of beetles, there are so many that could potentially cause an issue for you.
And it’s not just how the plants look that pests will affect, a lot of them carry diseases too which will kill your plants without you even realizing what’s going on.
There’s a bunch of different ways that you can keep these pests at bay and some are more effective than others.
You could try to build barriers but that won’t necessarily protect your plants from ground-dwelling bugs and it will also be time-consuming to prepare.
You could try and strategically place plants that will repel these insects or you could just go the route of spraying your plants with repellent.
The decision will come down to what kind of plants you have growing.
4. Don’t Overcrowd Your Plants
Not everyone who gardens is spoiled for space. And a lot of us just want to plant as much stuff as possible.
Letting your garden get overcrowded won’t work out well for you. If your plants are all on top of each other then they are competing for all of the nutrients that they need.
They’ll be competing for sunlight, the roots will be squished for space and will struggle to retain the necessary amount of water that they need.
And also, plants that are spaced too close to each other will cause a build up of heat and humidity.
This is an issue because harmful bacteria and viruses will be able to thrive in an environment like that.
So you pretty much just have to resist the urge to plant things too close together. Give every individual plant as much space as you possibly can.
5. Keep a Notebook
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical notebook, you just need a way to keep track of everything that you’re doing in your garden.
You can use your phone for this, you could just have some kind of record sheet on your computer, any way that you can jot things down.
You can use it to keep notes of plants that you’ve heard about which you want to add to your garden.
You can set up a schedule for when you’re going to water certain plants or when you’re going to plant something knew.
Keeping a notebook will give a sense of structure to your gardening and ensure that you don’t forget about any important actions that you need to take.
Overall, gardening should be a fun and rewarding experience, but there’s things that can get in the way of that being the case.
Follow these guidelines though and your garden should be thriving in no time.