Helpful Tips from the Experts for Making Your Garden Grow

One of my granddaughters and her husband are buying a new house and they are both excited to finally have a home that they can call their own. My granddaughter is even more excited to start gardening especially herbs and spices that she can use for cooking. And since, I consider gardening and cooking as something I am passionate about, I shared with her tips to get started, tips that I also got from those who were already experts in this craft.

On getting started:

  • Buy a out and potting soil, and just start.
  • Research on veggies you are interested in planting.
  • Learn from your mistakes. Take notes on what works and what doesn’t and look back on them every season.
  • Seek advice from resources.
  • Look at what your neighbors planted.
  • Urban setting may not be ideal but the basics in gardening are still the same – plant a seed and make sure it’s getting enough water and sunlight.
  • Get your soil tested and the results will serve as a guide on what and what not to plant.

On what to grow:

  • Know the direction your garden faces as this will affect the light that your garden will get.
  • Select only a handful of plants to grow and it’s good to embrace the power of threes.
  • Information on seed packets and seedlings should be taken seriously.
  • But don’t be discouraged by shade, because like strawberries, they do very well in pots and even in shades.

On keeping it alive:

  • There’s a reason and a solution for every problem. And there’s usually a quick fix for any gardening problem.
  • Make the roots feel at home.
  • Do nothing, a hands-off approach and letting nature takes its course.
  • It is a MUST to make drainage holes in pots for extra water to go.
  • Err on the side of under-watering.

On enjoying it:

  • Concentrate on completing one manageable task rather than trying to tackle the whole garden.
  • Remember that learning the hard way can be the best way to learn.
  • Your garden will never be perfect, so simply let go of plants that just won’t work in your garden.
  • Think of your garden the same way you’d think of a relationship with a person.
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