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Foolproof Tips for an Amateur Gardener

2020 Mar 31

 

Gardening is great for your mind, body, and soul, whether it’s done outdoors or indoors. The lush blooms and soothing greens create a euphoric sense which calms your anxiety and helps you to relax and get in touch with nature, making it an excellent hobby to take up during these bleak days. But most importantly, gardening teaches you responsibility and patience. Read on to see our list of curated tips and tricks for gardening.

 

START SMALL AND CHOOSE LOW MAINTENANCE PLANTS

The main objective is not to kill your plants. Cacti, Aloe Vera, Sansevieria (snake plant), ZZ plant, Peace Lily, and Pothos (money plant) have been proven extremely merciful. They tolerate low light and water conditions and don’t need much attention (they’re actually quite difficult to kill), which makes them excellent beginner plants. You can also try kitchen herbs and vegetables like spinach, tomatoes, and chillies. But it’s important to start with a few plants, so you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to keep track of watering schedules and maintenance.

 

LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING!

When it comes to gardening, the environment is key. Take a look around your dedicated gardening space and analyse the lighting and humidity conditions. Sunlight is how your plant babies get their food, so you need to give them ample sunlight if you want them to grow into healthy, luscious beauties. Houseplants prefer shade or indirect sunlight and can be placed facing a window while most varieties of cacti, succulents, vegetables, and flowering plants demand bright, direct sunlight on a balcony or a bright spot in the yard. If you already know what plant babies you want to adopt, do a bit of research to check your plant’s lighting requirements.

 

GET THE RIGHT CONTAINER

Buying plants or seedlings from a plant nursery may be the easiest way to get started with gardening, and once they move into their new home, they’ll need to be transferred into a prepped pot or plot of land. You can also germinate dried seeds of fruits and vegetables. It’s sustainable, inexpensive, and incredibly satisfying. Simply place the seeds on a piece of moist cotton or cloth and keep it away from sunlight until they sprout. Then move into a pot for it to grow into a seedling. Choose a container 2-4 inches larger than the current pot (from the nursery) the plant is growing in to allow room for root growth. Always pick containers with drainage holes at the bottom to prevent root rot.

 

PREP YOUR SOIL

As for gardening soil, you can start off by using a basic potting mix from a plant nursery or garden soil mixed with coco peat and organic compost. Remember to loosen and aerate your soil from time to time, by gently poking holes in it (be careful not to damage any roots). If you’ve decided to plant them directly on the ground, prepare your garden beds by digging to loosen the soil and add organic fertilizer: coco peat or perhaps some of your very own compost!

 

WATER ONLY WHEN NEEDED

Do a quick finger test. Stick your forefinger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If the soil is dry in the first inch to inch-and-half, water. Water towards the base of the plant, avoiding the leaves as wet leaves invite fungus. Watch out for brown tips on leaves, as this is a sign of poor watering habits. Furthermore, maintain regular watering cycles and lightly mist the leaves with a spritzer in the morning.

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR PLANT

Listen to your plants. Observe and talk to them. Try to maintain a log of your plant’s behaviour, watering, and fertilizing schedules. This will help better understand your plant’s needs and help you keep it happy. Feel free to shower your plant with love and care, but make sure they get everything in moderation. Like in a happy, healthy relationship, don’t forget to be patient and give them time and space to grow.

Happy gardening!

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