The Home Gardener’s Friend

Have you ever thought about starting a home garden, but then let the idea go because you thought it would be too time-consuming and too much work? You’re not alone — many thousands of people feel the same way.

The problem is that the information you heard made gardening seem like an overwhelming chore when, in fact, it’s very possible to start out small and create a nice little garden at home for very little money, and expending very little of your precious free time. How does one go about doing that? By reading the information we present to you on this website! And for even more gardening tips, tricks and techniques, please do sign up for our free newsletter!

9 Gardening Tips To Make For Easy Gardening

Before you start with your garden project, examine your yard where you intend to plant all those flowers and bushes. Check the type of soil you have and also decide what kind of garden you want to have, if you want to create an ornamental garden for flowers and foliage or have a vegetable garden and herb garden. Whichever type of garden you wish to have, we have here some basic tips on how to start it and make it thrive.

1. Soak first the roots of the plants in water before placing it in the soil and don’t forget to make the hole bigger than the size of the root ball. You have to give it enough space to grow and enough room to spread the roots so it can absorb moisture better and get the nutrients from the soil.

2. If you are a first time gardener and do not really know much about plants, labeling them will help you identify the name of the plant and where you put it. Some plants may look like weeds when they are still very small and you might accidentally pluck it out thinking it’s a weed.

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3. Plant according to the type of soil in your garden. Choose the right plants that would best fit in your soil type if it is sandy and light or heavy and clay. Plants grow better in heavy and clayish type of soil.

4. If you wish to grow flowers choose between annuals and perennials or you can mix both types of plant. Start small and then you may just add a few plants as you grow your garden.

5. Weeds are your worst enemy in gardening, you have to be very brutal with it and not give it any chance to encroach into your garden. Weeds will steal the nutrients and the water from the soil leaving your plants with fewer nutrients to absorb. You have to make sure that you maintain your garden weed-free by removing weeds regularly including the roots. You can also make a homemade weed killer using only three household ingredients, mix inside an empty spray bottle an equal portion of dish washing liquid, vinegar and salt. Just be careful since it can also kill the grass, best to use it in sidewalk cracks and your landscape borders.

6. If you have a small space and need to plant in pots, you need to prepare the pots starting with removing the salt deposit. You can do this by combining an equal amount of rubbing alcohol, vinegar and water placed inside a spray bottle. Spray directly on the inside part of the pot and then brush.

7. Give the plants enough space and don’t be tempted to plant too many plants; you have to give them space to grow. Though abundant planting that spills over into pathways looks pretty but sometimes it tends to look messy and cluttered.

8. If you need to build a raised garden, don’t worry if you can’t create one that is made out of wood. You can make a raised garden bed made out of cinder blocks; it will make planting easier since it has holes that can easily separate your herbs or flowering plants. You can adjust the size of your raised garden bed according to the space you want to utilize.

9. Fertilizing your plants will complement with good drainage and sunlight, making your plants healthier and beautiful. You can choose whether to fertilize with chemicals or organic. Potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus are the common chemical fertilizers used in gardening, while manure from animals is the preferred organic fertilizer. If you think your plants are getting enough nutrients from the soil and enough sunlight then no need for fertilizers, just water and lots of TLC.

Whatever your reasons for creating a garden, don’t forget to have fun with it; you may encounter mistakes and roadblocks but never give up. Once you have achieved your dream garden, you will be able to enjoy and reap the fruits of your labor for as long as you continue to work on it.

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Gardening As A Leisurely Hobby

A lot of American people are extremely fond of gardening in their leisure time. It’s not necessary to be a dedicated fan to have a garden and get some enjoyment out of your creation. Usually there are some fundamentals to learn, but from then on it is actually quite easy. Here is some advice regarding the preparation of your garden so that it provides enjoyment all year long.

Hobby Gardening Alone

Hobby Gardening Alone

Prior to when you get going, first figure out the order of your planting. You should set up your larger plants first, before deciding where to put the smaller ones. If you are arranging your garden, keep this in mind. Determine the fully grown scale of the plants you wish to have in your garden.

Gardening newbies are going to find it useful to plant a few perennials, of which one of the many benefits is that they don’t die annually, but keep going year after year. Perennials in addition are less expensive than annuals while maintaining them is not as demanding. When you are looking for low routine maintenance options you should consider black-eyed susans, hostas, or daylilies.

Hobby Gardening With Others

Hobby Gardening With Others

If you are putting in annuals it is cheaper to start them from seed products rather than purchasing plants. That is the reason why a lot of people want to plant seeds in their garden, but it is difficult to start annuals that way. The most effective strategy is to plant them in seed trays placed indoors and nurtured with sun and water.

This is likely to make them plenty hearty when you’re ready to transplant them to the soil outside. Make sure that the garden soil is dry when you move your annuals. Drier garden soil promotes the highest growth of annuals. Do make sure you blend organic matter into the gardening soil, because this helps retain water in the soil, which is needed by the plants subsequent to planting. Dry garden soil in the beginning helps these plants get started better, but thereafter the roots need lots of water.

Ample irrigation is critical in order to avoid problems in your garden, so determine what system you need to achieve that. Based on the type of plants you are having in your garden, it will be easier to decide on the irrigation system. If your plants need lots of water, you might want an in-ground irrigation system that is fitted before you start planting. If you have this sort of system, you don’t need to be concerned about how your plants will get watered when you are gone. When you prepare carefully, you can make your garden energy-efficient.

If you’re worried about your garden’s water necessities during the summer, you could put together a slope plan. Plants that can be shaded need less water, so place your taller plants so that they provide shade for the shorter ones. By using these uncomplicated tips you could amaze your neighbors and become the person they consult about their gardens. You’ll be able to become an expert gardener by learning the success suggestions.

Gardening Resources

Take a good look around our site and you’ll see we cover a lot of ground (sorry, pun intended!) — but with gardening, there’s always more ground to cover (sorry again!). The following sites should be of interest to any home gardener.

Hardy Plant Society: Getting Passionate About Gardening

Popular MechanicsBest Home Gardening Advice

Almanac: Beginner’s Guide to Home Gardening

Mother Earth News: Latest Gardening News For Homeowners