Gardening for Beginners
Beginning your journey as a gardener may seem like a daunting task, but when you begin you will wonder why you didn’t get started earlier. It really is a fantastic way to spend your time and watching your garden develop thanks to your hard work will give you a real sense of achievement. Moreover, you will get plenty exercise when you’re gardening, and it really does add up if you get out there and do some gardening on a regular basis.
So what do you need to get going? You really only need some very basic tools and these can be used for nearly every gardening job. There are also some basic gardening terms you should be familiar with and you will have heard many of them already. If you are planting in your garden you will need to understand how all plants react to the different seasons. For example, annuals complete their life span in a single season, so you need to know which annuals flourish in which season.
Knowing when to plant can be tricky but you will get the hang of it quickly enough. A general rule of thumb is that you plant any Spring-flowering bulbs before the end of September, and for delicate Summer-flowering bulbs, planting in early Spring is the best option. When and what to plant will become intuitive with experience.
The process of actually planting the bulbs will require some thought. For sandy soils, you will want to plant a bit deeper, but for heavy clay soils, you need to plant a little shallower.
Controlling weed growth is also an important part of gardening and there are a few things to keep in mind. One great tip to keep weeds at bay is to cover the soil’s surface with a sheet that blocks light and spread mulch over it. Remember that you should be aiming to water the plants and keep as much water away from the weeds as you can!
Eamon is a landscape specialist at Capital Garden Services. He loves gardening and believes everyone can enjoy the gardening experience.