The learning process in gardening is constant, even for seasoned professionals. Beginning gardeners can take the opportunity to learn about gardening and different plants to raise. When you enjoy your first harvest, you'll feel a sense of pride knowing that the plants you lovingly cared for produced so well. Whether you choose flower gardening or a vegetable garden, you can perfect your gardening techniques year after year and get even better results.
Learn About Plant Types
Know which types of plants do well in your region. Planting annuals and perennials in the same garden produces flowers throughout most of the year. To find out about the plants that will thrive in your area, visit local nurseries and home-improvement stores that sell them. Many of them have gardeners to help you make the right choices.
The best tool a beginning gardener can buy is a pair of garden gloves. This will save your hands from painful blisters caused from the friction of the garden tool handles against your skin. Other tools you will need are a shovel, rake, hoe, trowel, clippers, sprinkler and hose. If you are planning to have a large garden, consider a tiller or a tractor. If you don't want to buy one, rent one or hire someone to till your garden.
Plan Your Garden
Plan your garden before attempting to actually start it. An experienced gardener or your local nursery can help you, or do research online to help you get started. Knowing which plants and flowers attract bees and butterflies may be beneficial. Remember that tall plants block the sun from smaller plants unless they're strategically placed. Ask about beneficial insects and herbs as a means of pest control in the garden. Know which area of your property is best suited for the types of plants you want.
Careful soil preparation is necessary for a healthy garden. Remove all rocks from the area with a rake, and determine which nutrients are needed. Before planting,remove grass and weeds and fertilize with manure or chemical fertilizer. Have wood chips, pine straw or hay bales ready for mulching. Once you have finished preparing the soil, it's planting time.
Don't jump in too fast; start with a few varieties of flowers or vegetables. Choose healthy looking plants with no traces of disease. The plants will be labeled with instructions regarding planting depth, water and light requirements--follow the directions closely. Don't plant too early in the spring to reduce the chances of losing your garden to a frost or snow. Consider the size requirements of your plants.
Water your garden correctly. Typically, you should water the plants every day the first week, every other day for the second week, and at least once a week thereafter, enabling a strong root system to be established. Be careful not to over water.