The Basics of Gardening

a woman gardening in her garden
Gardens can bring us a refreshing feeling and inner joy. Try looking at the Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren, Vermont. The greens and produce would make you want to have your own farm and garden.

Gardening is one of the wonderful hobbies anyone can have. Young and old can benefit from the gentle physical activity especially those with degenerative conditions as it can make them healthy. Even busy and already active people will be de-stressed when they take some time to be in touch with nature. As a family activity, gardening is a great way to bond while teaching the kids about the wonders of nature.

Natural miracles happen in the garden. Things grow, prosper and become part of the biosphere. Who do not want to watch flowers bloom and plants grow then bear fruit which we can use or even eat?

We can learn valuable skills from gardening, such as patience and making decisions. If you never have gardened before, gardening can be challenging and overwhelming. However, once you get the hang of it, you will realize that it is really not that difficult. Besides, there is a lot of information you can learn from the many available basics of gardening in the internet. Also, it is fine to make mistakes since there is no exact science involved.

Planning Process in Gardening

Just like any endeavor, planning your garden is essential for success. In fact, planning is already half the fun. Many avid gardeners have an entire year planning for their next year’s garden. Imagine a big picture of your garden before even digging. You do not need to dream of a Kingsbury Market Garden, but a realistic and doable one. Arrange and re-arrange plants until you are happy with their placement.

Planning includes choosing the right plants for your soil since plants grow better in one type of soil than the other. Is your soil clay, heavy, light or sandy? To be sure, check out the plants that grow well in your neighbor’s garden.

Setting Up Your Garden Plants

After setting up the soil, buy enough plants. Then thoroughly soak the roots of the new plants before putting them in the soil. In planting, make sure to have a hole that is bigger than the root ball since the roots need to spread to absorb the nutrients of the soil. Give the plants enough space instead of being too close to each other or just a few of them will survive. Crowded plants tend to need more fertilizer and watering. They are likewise vulnerable to disease.

Since gardeners can easily forget what they have planted, it is suggested you write plant labels next to your bulbs and seeds.

Handling Plants with Care

Be gentle especially with new plants. If you want to separate a plant from a pot, squeeze the sides of the pot then turn it upside down. Catch the plant with your hand when it slides out. Do this instead of pulling the stems as you may break the plant.

Be also mindful when watering. Check out the soil around the plant, poking your fingers about two inches into it. Add water if it is very dry. Plants are created to live outside and get natural moisture from the soil. Unless there is a drought or there are a lot of them in a container, plants do not need constant watering.