5 Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening Tips for Beginners

It's spring. The perfect time of year to start a garden. But where to begin? Making something grow to resemble the pictures of Home & Garden can be daunting. Not to worry. If you're a beginner, these 5 easy tips will help you start your very own garden. 

1. Location  

Where you'll plant your garden is a great place to start. Do you want it in the front of the house or back? Do you have the room? How big will your garden be? Pick a space with a lot of sun exposure and where you'll have easy access to water. Near a water faucet is great. Be careful not to plant your garden under a tall tree (if you have any) as it will cause shade and limit sun exposure. 

2. Type

Next thing to consider is what type of garden you would like. Would you like a herb garden, vegetable, fruit, flower? Maybe a little bit of everything? If so, then you need to consider if the size plot you had in mind is big enough. 

3. Soil

Before you start planting you want to figure out what type of soil you have. You can find out your soil's PH level and nutrient level by sending a sample of your soil to your local cooperative extension or sometimes to a good nursery. The results of this soil test will tell you how you should treat your soil and based on the acidity of your soil, which plants and crops would thrive in your soil.

4. Tools

Besides soil, plants, and crops, you need the right tools before you start gardening. It's not necessary to go overboard your first time and spend a lot of money on tools you may or may not need. As you gain experience, you'll figure out what works best for you and slowly build up a gardening toolbox. To start, there are a few tools you will need or might want to invest in. These tools include gloves, spade, hand trowel—great for removing weeds, rake, hoe, wheelbarrow, hose with adjustable nozzle, and loppers, which are useful for large shrubs and bushes. 

5. Watering

It's easy for beginners to forget, but gardening requires patience and persistence. It's important to set up a regular watering routine from the very start. You don't want to over water, but you do want to consistently water a few times a week. Make sure you water the soil and not just the surface of your plant. The best time to water is early in the morning, so the plant has time to soak up the water before it gets too hot. It's recommended that your garden gets an inch or two of water per week, but that also depends on your soil type.