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.