The 5 Habits of Successful Gardeners
We’ve all been there, got a few seeds and thought we’d see how well we’d do. Despite most of us giving up after a few tries, there are substantial benefits for learning how to take care of a garden. From raising property value to producing GMO-free food on the spot, investing free time into this untapped resource seems like a worthwhile endeavor. Now, plot twist, a successful garden ultimately comes down to a proper approach rather than the notorious green thumb we’ve all heard about. Keep this checklist in mind while starting out and you’re sure to see results.
1. Planting desirable plants
One thing people usually do when starting out is, essentially, planting everything they can. This can prove difficult for a number of reasons. For one, the complete lack of information about the plant can make the experience dreadful, make it not grow at all or even ruin neighboring plants. This is the breaking point for most people and, to avoid it, simply sow things that are desirable and relatively easy to maintain. Veggies are always a good pick because they look good and have a practical side to them, whereas purely decorative options like flowers usually require more work but do look pretty.
2. Making compost
While it seems like a no-brainer, the notion of utilizing compost is lost to many a starting gardener. Compost helps plants enrich the soil and, as a result, helps your plants thrive. Although there are great commercial options out there, they need not take money out of your pocket. Making your own compost couldn’t be easier, it just takes some time to get there. Most gardeners have a designated area or bin where they collect organic waste like dead leaves, eggshells and leftovers. These are left for a couple of weeks to decompose and turn into quite a bit of compost, saving money along the way.
3. Taking up mulching
Another key concept is mulching. Mulching is the practice of placing materials over the soil surface above the roots of plants. This helps save moisture by moderating temp, reduces the appearance of weeds and even prevents certain plant diseases. When deciding on what to use, it is always a safer bet to go for the organic kind. It is important to learn how much is enough, as a thicker layer might end up doing the opposite and harm your garden. The two top contenders here would be straw for quicker breakdown time and wood chips for longer periods of time.
4. Organizing the garden with beds
Although more of a quality of life improvement than anything else, it does add to the gardening experience and is worth mentioning – utilize plant bedding. Obviously, the use of plant beds boosts visibility and makes the entirety of the garden more organized but there are other benefits. To avoid constant weeding, beds offer a perfect, inexpensive deterrent. Combined with the mulch we mentioned earlier and nothing is getting through. These will come especially in handy during maintenance, as the beds will keep the moisture in place when watering and will help focus the compost on the areas that matter.
5. Having the right tools for the job
We’ve all heard the expression that a poor artist blames his tools, this is all well and true but there should still be tools to begin with. Proper tools are a necessity to maintain a garden properly and reduce the time it takes. There are bootleg options out there but nothing beats having the right tool for the job precisely when it’s needed. Try to find trusted manufacturers like Hoselink who innovate and guarantee quality products built to last. Cheap knockoffs will breakdown all too often and ultimately leave your dreams of a garden in the aforementioned compost heap.
The trick behind gardening isn’t some fabled green thumb or having all the free time in the world to manage it – it has always been a matter of approach. These five habits will boost your garden’s growth while also boosting morale when the results start to come in. Just remember that, even though these ideas will help, you will still need to put in the time. So roll up your sleeves, zone out and get to gardening.