The Beginner’s Guide to a Green Thumb
Not everybody has a green thumb, nor does everybody want one, but this article will prove that if you have any inkling to try out the hobby of gardening, then it is entirely possible. While the best tip out there for aspiring gardeners is just to dive in and get your hands dirty, there are a few common rules to follow in order to assure that your garden is given the best potential to thrive. Take special consideration to these thoughts below, and you will be successful in no time!
- Be Aware of the Time Commitment
Gardening is not something that you can spend a couple of hours on and then be done for the rest of the season. You are creating a living, breathing, ecosystem that requires care and often assistance. The amount of time that is required of you depends on many variables such as the time of vegetation you are growing or the kind of garden that you are pursuing.
- Grow Food that you will Eat
If you choose to go the path of gardening vegetables, then focus on foods that you and your family will enjoy- especially in the beginning. What is the point of growing food that is just going to go to waste? When you become more experienced, you can consider farmer’s markets and other sources of food distribution, but when starting out it is best not to have that kind of stress on your shoulders. Until then, enjoy what you have reaped; nothing is as satisfying as a fresh tomato from your garden.
- Choose your Type of Garden Wisely
-If you live in a small apartment in New York City, you are probably not looking to grow in a large plot of land, but that does not mean that you cannot garden. Many individuals with limited space choose to go the route of a “patio garden”, or growing vegetables and flowers in pots. Be aware that if you go this route, there are certain vegetables that thrive in that environment, a few of these include carrots, cucumbers, spring onions, and tomatoes. If you choose to do this, make sure that your pots are big enough so that you do not suffocate your produce.
-If you live in a home and are looking for something a little bit more ambitious, focus on finding a small plot of land with ample sunlight and supple soil. If you want to be sure of your soil’s quality, you can find a home-test for around ten dollars online or at a local gardening center. While you may be tempted to go for a large garden, it is probably best to start small and work towards a larger garden in the future. Remember, you will have the ability to start over every season!
- Learn about what you are Growing
These plants are going to be your responsibility, and it is your duty to make sure that they get what is best for them. Somethings to be aware of: make sure your tall plants to not steal sunlight from your ground plants, know what plants thrive growing vertically and provide them the means to do so and know your weeds- some might be helpful!
While it seems there are many options to consider and a large task in front of you, gardening is not all hard work. Remember when you are working with the soil to have fun; get your children to help you and make it a family project! However you go about it; you get the satisfaction of home-grown food that you can trust and be proud in!