Do you want to grow your own food or want to make your outside space look more attractive and relaxing? Do you have a green thumb and enjoy spending time outside? Then this post is for you!
This is the guide for beginners on how to start a garden. We will talk about what type of gardening might be right for you, what supplies are needed, and other tips that will help get your garden growing in no time!
The best type of gardening for you depends on your location, the amount of space you have available, and how much time you want to spend. There are many types: vegetable gardens, flower gardens (to attract pollinators), outdoor container gardens (for balconies), herb gardens in containers or backyard beds. The size also varies from a few pots on a balcony to acres when farming vegetables commercially! If this sounds like too much work, try an indoor herb garden – these can be grown anywhere there is some light!
For beginners: easy ways to get started without a green thumb
We spoke with Kate Turner, Gardening Guru at Miracle-Gro, about the best ways to start gardening. You don’t have to be green-fingered or have a green thumb to succeed – just patience and patience. Take a look at some of the garden’s features, plants, gardening advice and more to get the best out of the small or large green space you’ve had to give you plenty of time to grow and look after your garden in any size or shape, including a few planters on your drive or balcony.
Turner also gave us some advice for beginners on what to get and do before you start a garden, including:
– The best time of year to plant is in the fall after your last frost date (which varies depending on where you live)
– Choose plants that are hardy for your region or those with specific needs, so they are most likely to survive
– Have a plan for what you want your garden to look like, and get the right tools, plants, and supplies before you start digging in!
Choose the right plants.
For a successful garden, it is important to choose the right plants. There are three basic types of plants for every environment: sun-loving plants, shade-tolerant plants and tough perennials that love dry conditions. As you plan your garden’s layout, try to avoid planting all one type of plant in an area together.
Sun-loving plants should be put in sunny spots and heat-tolerated plants in warm climates. Start your gardening season with a vigorous young plant from Bonnie Plants’ easy-to-grow varieties for growing veggies and herbs instead of starting seed sown plants from seed-free plants. Shade-tolerant plants should be planted in areas with dappled light or where some sunlight is allowed.
Tough perennials that love dry conditions are excellent for spots with no water and little to no sun exposure, such as windy corners of the garden or elevated gardens. The plants will need a combination of soil amendments like sand, peat moss, composted leaves or gravel to keep the plants healthy.
When gardening in containers, use a pot that is large enough for the plant it’s hosting, and fill it with Miracle-Gro’s Moisture Control® Potting Mix. The potting mix is specially formulated to help plants in pots thrive. It also helps protect against over-and under-watering, so it is an excellent hydration-proofing solution to plant growth in pots. You can grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, berries, and shrubs in pots. Consider a garden bed.
Gardening beds are an excellent place for beginners, especially if you have limited space. They’re also well suited to vegetable and herb gardening. A raised bed can be made using wood or bricks; alternatively, layers of composted material such as leaves and garden soil make an easy-to-create planting surface rich in nutrients from the decomposing materials.
Start with good soil.
It’s one of the secrets to gardening success! Whether you are starting a new garden or adding plants to an existing patch, start with good soil. – When choosing a garden site, take the time to inspect the soil. Ask yourself questions like: Do rocks or other complex objects stick up? What is the color of the leaves on nearby plants; are they yellowing and wilting even though it’s summertime? Are there piles of leaves where you want your new vegetable plot to be?
If the soil is so sandy that it’s difficult to dig down more than a couple of inches without hitting a rock or if it smells like rotten eggs, you should probably choose a different site. Even with good drainage and fertilization, plants won’t grow well in sand.
If the soil on your property looks good, but you need to make it better, consider adding a few inches of rich organic matter like compost or peat moss.
Miracle-Gro’s All Purpose Garden Soil is the ideal soil for growing plants in your garden. It’s also essential when planting in a raised bed for the first time. Mixing the top 6 to 8 inches of existing soil will make the right nutrient-rich mix. For planting in the garden, try Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil in the top 8-inch section of soil.
Learn your frost dates.
Find the average spring frost date for your area to avoid planting too early (or late). Your average fall frost date can be used to help harvest or move plants indoors. As the season progresses, you’ll need to know when it’s time to plant and harvest or move plants indoors according to your fall and spring average temperatures. A good resource for this information is the USDA Planting Zone Map, which provides a map of how often different zones have experienced late frosts in recent years.
Follow the sun.
Most edible plants, including many vegetables, need at least 6 hours of sun to thrive. Pay attention to how sunlight plays through your yard before choosing a place for your garden. If you want to have a garden, pay attention to the sun to find the best spot for growing food.
Mulching your garden can keep the weeds at bay and hold water in the soil.
Mulching is a great way to keep your garden weed-free and moist. It also saves time, since you have less weeding! A layer of mulch can be applied anytime in the year; however, early spring and late fall are ideal times when there will not likely be any rain for a while. The best type of mulch is organic, such as compost or leaves. Organic mulches will break down over time and enrich your soil with nutrients that are good for plants.
One of the best things about mulching is how easy it can be to do! Mulching takes a few minutes each week, so there’s no excuse not to try it!
If you’re planting flowers, consider a mix of annuals and perennials.
If you want to have a great looking garden all year round and not bare mud for months at a time, you must get the right mix of plants. Annuals bloom in one year, so they die off and must be replaced. Perennials come back each summer to provide a beautiful show of color and foliage for years to come. Perennials are a plant that will survive the winter. They keep their leaves and grow over time. In general, they’re larger plants with thick stems or deep roots to store water for the long winters. Some popular perennials are
– Coreopsis (coreopsis)
– Viola (pansies)
Hopefully, this article has given you a few tips on how to get started with gardening.