Starting a Garden for Beginners

Starting a Garden for Beginners

Summer is the perfect time for gardening. The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining, and sometimes you can feel that warm breeze rush in. Gardening is a great way to get in touch with nature, but there are also a variety of reasons why gardening is the perfect eco-friendly activity. For starters, it cuts down on that pesky carbon footprint we keep mentioning. It takes fuel to transport produce from where it's grown to where you live, so growing it in your backyard is the right way to go. Gardening also enriches the soil, which makes it better for plants and other creepy, crawly things that worm through the dirt. Lastly, plants produce oxygen, which is good for the ecosystem. You can get started with gardening today. It's always a good time to start, when the weather is just right to step out into your backyard and work. But before you do, here are some tips to get you going.


Outdoor vs. Indoor

Outdoor

When it comes to outdoor plants, there are a variety of factors you need to take into consideration when choosing what to plant: soil, sunlight, temperature. Those are the key ingredients to a successful garden. There’s a lot to those aspects, so we won’t be able to get into it here, but I figured I would give you the stepping stool for you to be able to learn more. There are two types of plants you can choose from: perennials and annuals. Perennials will come back year after year, whereas annuals are planted once and only last for a year. There are so many choices as to what you can plant outdoors, from bushes to flowers to vegetables. It’s all up to you. Some possible outdoor plants you can go with are: Boxwood, Caladium, Roses, Hibiscus, Calibrachoa, Black-Eyed Susan, Herbs, Tomatoes, and Squash. These are all suggestions, however, you should look into what plants grow best in the area that you live. As far as planting goes, there are five other tips we have for you to follow, gleaned from a variety of sources.


1) Pick a spot where your water source is nearby, if you choose to water with a hose

2) Make sure you have enough space for what you’re envisioning

3) Look into the skill level required for each plant

4) Follow all directions

5) Maintain the soil and don't use potting mix (it contains too many fillers)


Indoor

When it comes to indoor plants, you’re going to want to find ones that are able to handle the amount of light that gets into your house or apartment. That is an important factor when choosing what to grow. Some great indoor plants are: African Violet, Polka Dot Plant, Monstera, Succulents, and Peace Lily Plants. Chives, Cilantro, and Rosemary are also great herbs to grow. Just like outdoor plants, indoor plants come with directions for how to best care for them, and it’s important to stick to it.


Seeds

You’d be surprised where you can find seeds at. To start off, go to your local home and garden shop. Try your best to buy local, as it's important to support your local businesses and they know what they're talking about. You can get personalized recommendations that are relevant to the zone you live in. Seeds can also be bought online from Etsy. Just make sure you're getting them from a trustworthy source. Online buying can be tricky, in that sense.


Tools

It's recommended to have a hand trowel, watering can, and gloves. These tools can help you to start and maintain a garden.


Apps

Technology has advanced as the years go by, and with that comes a host of apps to aid in your gardening experience. There’s a lot they can do, from tracking what you plant to how often you water it. Some really great apps to look into are: Garden Journal, Garden Manager, Moon & Garden, and Garden Tags. They are great to use, especially if you are just starting out. They can provide support in key tricks of the trade while you're learning.


Set Up a Game Plan

Now that you have all of the tools to start a garden, it’s time to put together a game plan. Figure out what days you’re going to water your plants and how much they need to survive. It’s crucial that you don’t overlook this step, because it’s necessary to know exactly how you’re going to go about maintaining your garden. People are prone to forgetting, so having a written schedule can help you to know how you’re doing, if you need to water them more or less.


And that’s it! We wish you all the luck with your garden! Here are some clothing items to consider as you step out into your work.


Babe Scrunchie in Mini Dot


Riley Short


Ivy Short


Demi Short in Coconut Milk


Demi Short in Cherry Punch


Sustainable Organic Cypress Oversized Abstract Tee


Iris Camisole in Black


Lily Tank


Liv Crop Top | Print


Bali Knit Tank

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