A Guide for New Gardeners | David Sechovicz

David Sechovicz
David Sechovicz

If you are planning to grow a garden and do not know where to start, then you have come to the right place. You may want to keep it simple and start with small steps as mentioned in the guide below.

  1. Picking up the right plants: according to the space in your garden and the amount of sunlight you receive in various places, you need to choose the right plants for the specific areas. You should check and make note of the shady places and the areas that get higher sunlight. Now, you can get plants that need less sunlight for your shady places and plants that require long hours of sunlight for your areas with the higher sun. You may also want to look for plants that require less maintenance throughout the year and give a colorful ambiance to your garden area. Some plants have regular watering needs while others may require it once a week. Always remember to water the roots of the plants as watering the stems or leaves might damage their growth. The stems and leaves absorb water through the roots and spread adequately.
  2. Checking the garden area: Before buying the plants, make sure you know your garden area well. The exact space you have needs to be measured. You can use a chart paper or an online tool to project the garden space on it and plan your gardening activities accordingly. You can choose the plants virtually and add them to your garden space to visualize the actual garden. The choice of plants should be such that the garden looks colorful all year long. The color combination of plants next to each other can be selected at this stage to make your garden visually attractive. Also, check the soil quality in your space. It can be basic or acidic. As per the quality of the soil, you need to check the kind of plants that are suitable to grow in the particular soil. Sometimes, checking the pH level of the soil can help you choose the right plants as well.
  3. Gardening tools for beginners: While choosing the right plants, you can also figure out the basic tools that you will require during your gardening activities. These tools include pruners, garden fork, gloves, watering can or hose, and trowel. Pruners are used to remove the dead leaves that may have turned yellow. It helps to keep the garden neat and clean. These pruners should be light in weight to make the job easy. They should be sharp to cut the dead leaves easily through the garden without much hassle. A Garden fork is used to dig up and break up hard soil. It aerates the soil better than a spade. Steel forks with long handles are the best choice for beginners. A hose or watering can is essential to water the roots of your plants regularly. You would need a pair of gloves with palm pads to protect your hands from any cuts. Trowels are useful to plant herbs and remove weeds.

Author: David Sechovicz–  I am a horticulture and gardening hobbyist. My immense love and affection for the beauty of nature excites me.