Home Gardening for Hipsters (or beginners)
With the beautiful and bright season of spring upon us, it is not uncommon to get an itch to dig (dirt). And gardening seems to be more and more of a “trendy” pastime for the Gen-Xers, who more than likely did not grow up learning the lay of the land. This short and sweet “how-to” blog post is to inform both those older and younger, inexperienced or just a little rusty on a few tricks of the trade.
1. Location, Location, Location. Choose a place for your new garden that will be both pleasurable and convenient to take care of. A garden is both a form of entertainment but should also be relaxing. Location is key to achieving both. Choose a place with healthy soil and that has the right amount of sun exposure for the seeds you will be planting.
2. Map it out. Gardening is much like building a house—you can’t simply throw a bunch of bricks together and expect to see a beautiful two-story abode. The same goes for gardening. Having a drawn-out blueprint, or even just a list of everything you plan to plant and feature in your garden, is the first step to gardening success. Draw or note the shape of your garden, the plants you wish to grow, and any hardscape features (e.g. a water fountain or bench) you might want in your garden. A blueprint or list also allows you to ask someone who knows more about gardening (such as a Home Depot or local plant nursery employee) if they have any suggestions as to specific placement of plants or flowers for the best results.
3. Equipment. Even the simplest of gardens will typically require at least a tool or two. The basics consist of a rake, shovel, hoe, watering hose, and garden stakes.
4. Plant food. Be sure to bone up on information about the plants and/or flowers you will be growing in order to know about and understand any and all fertilizer and soil types specific plants may require. An employee at your local nursery or Home Depot is a great resource for questions on fertilizing and the different types available.
5. Water. Before you water your new garden friends, do some research on the types of plants and/or flowers you are growing to learn about the specific watering needs for each. The best time to water your plants is in the morning, which allows them to dry out in the sun during the day. Watering your plants in the morning also helps to avoid fungal disease.
As mentioned above, this is just a short and sweet “quickie” guide to get you started on your new garden adventure. Visit the Perfect Plants blog on a regular basis (see: weekly) to get more great tips and tricks on all things gardening and landscape!