Gardening has long been a favorite Filipino past-time. Most of us might have had fond memories of our parents or grandparents spending lazy afternoons tending to their gardens and keeping up with pest control.
The rise of social media and other time-consuming activities has caused us to forget our love of gardening. Lately, there has been an increase of interest in gardening and the desire to return to our gardens in recent years among younger people.
No matter the size of the garden available to you, it can be a challenging task for a beginner in gardening because of the time and commitment involved. With just a little bit of planning, patience, and basic gardening insights, however, you too can enjoy a lively garden of your own creation. Here are a few gardening tips for newbies to get you started.
Know your surroundings
It may seem obvious, but not everything can grow anywhere. The area where you live determines what you can plant. Find out the characteristics of your garden area, from sun exposure to the climate.
Knowing your surroundings is one of the most important aspects to start with when it comes to gardening. By doing so, you can establish your limits as well as understand what is possible to you.
Try and consult with someone who works at your local garden center about the native plants that grow in your region. They can help you look for plants that will perform best with the least amount of maintenance.
Pick “easy” plants
Now you know what you can and cannot grow in your garden. Here comes the exciting part – choosing your plants. Before you head off to your local garden center and grab a bunch of seeds like a complete newbie, however, you still need to know what plants you can grow the easiest.
A fun way to ease yourself into gardening is to grow vegetables. Because vegetables don’t take as long to grow, you can make a few mistakes and not feel like you have wasted months and months of your time. Another good option for beginners is sunflowers because they grow tall and quickly.
Finding success in your early stages of gardening can be inspiring. It can motivate you to move and grow more complicated plants.
Test the soil
Plants will greatly benefit from nutrient-rich soil. It can be easy to get a thorough reading of your soil’s nutrient and pH levels, but it won’t hurt to improve its quality even further. First, find out the state of your soil by sending out a sample to your local nursery, or by using home-testing kits available in your local hardware store.
After knowing how alkaline or acidic your soil is, you can start improving the quality of the soil yourself. The easiest way for beginners to do this is by working compost into the top 8-12 inches of soil with a fork or spade. The best time to do this is either during winter or the beginning of spring since the compost will be broken down over the course of a few months.
Getting into gardening is not as scary as a lot of people think. With proper care and a little pest control, even a novice can enjoy this fun hobby.
Choose your plants carefully, boost the nutrients in your soil, and make sure that your plant can thrive in your area, and you too can enjoy a lush garden year after year.