The best gardening tips for beginners

The best gardening tips for beginners

That’s it, you’ve decided to start gardening this summer! If you are a beginner, your head is probably full of questions and you may not know where to start. Do not be afraid! Making your first garden can be a rewarding and fun experience. Who knows, you might get a taste for it and become a regular gardener!

1. Align your desires with reality

You may want a large, well-stocked garden, but if you don’t have much time to take care of it, it may not be realistic to have a big garden, especially for the first year. Take it gradually and remember that it should be fun and not a new chore!

2. Choose the right plants according to your location

You will not choose the same plants if you have access to a large lot or a small city balcony. Some plants need full sunlight, while others can grow well without sun. Look at your environment and choose the appropriate plants accordingly.

3. Choose plants that are "easy"

Some plants simply grow easier than others. We can think of camellias, clematis, meadowsweet or bellflower. As for vegetables, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini and radishes are good for beginners. Herbs that grow very easily are basil, chives, parsley and minth!

4. Make sure you have the right soil

Not all kinds of soil are good for gardening. If you are planting in pots or containers, choose good quality garden soil. Especially not black earth, which is too poor in nutrients. Also, do not compact your soil too much. Your plants need oxygen to grow and too compact soil does not allow the roots to “breathe” properly.

5. Make sure to plant your plants well

To get started, it will be easier to get plants ready to be planted. Whether in a pot or in the ground, you will simply need to dig a small hole to place your plant and gently cover the root ball. It is very important to water well when you are planting. If you are planting multiple varieties in the same space, make sure they go well together. Some plants don’t like being too close to others. Also make sure to leave enough space between your plants so they can grow throughout the summer without encroaching on each other.

6. Watering, watering, watering

If there is one thing to remember, it is that plants need water. If you are not sure how much water to give your plants, be aware that generally speaking, it is better to water less often, but abundantly. This allows the deeper roots to receive their share of water. On hot summer days, think about watering in the morning so your plants can survive the afternoon rays without getting dehydrated.

You have now all the tips you need to start your first garden this summer! Remember, gardening is fun and can be adapted to all environments and all levels of gardeners!