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GARDENING 101

Gardening tips for beginners

Thinking of starting a garden but not sure how to go about it? We thought we would give you a few tips so you know how to achieve the best garden you can as a beginner.

Planting a garden can really benefit you in many ways, you can have a healthier diet if you plant a fruit and vegetable garden, it can reduce your stress, it gives you vitamin D from being out in the sun, it can be a fun hobby and at the end, when your garden is looking amazing, you will feel proud of your achievement.

Gardening Tips:

All plants need water, sun, nutrients and soil.

Some plants are indoor plants and struggle surviving outdoors.

Each plant needs a different amount of sun and water. Some plants, like succulents, don’t need as much water as a normal plant, and but need a good amount of sunlight. Each species and type of plant is different and needs to be cared for differently.  

Succulents

What type of plants do you want to grow?

You need to decide if you want to grow general plants, fruit and veggie plants or flowers. Once you have decided this you can move on to picking the perfect spot for the plants you selected.

However, if you have a specific spot in your garden that you know you want your plants to grow, then you need to look at that spot and decide what type of plants will grow the best there, depending on the amount of sun, moisture, shade and other plants around the area.

Another thing to work out before you start is which plants grow in your country and region. Since every region brings a different climate, you need to find out which plants can survive during each season or if they can survive year-round. Each country has native plants that may need less care for because they naturally survive better since they are native to your region and country.

An important tip before you plant anything, is to research the plant. Some trees and plants in New Zealand are protected, which means that property owners can’t just cut down or trim a protected tree, they need to follow curtain rules and seek permission to cut them down. An example of this is the Pohutukawa tree.

This means you need to think really carefully about where you plant a protected tree so that you don’t run into trouble in the future when you need that space in your garden for a shed and can’t get permission to cut it down.

Some of the easier plants to grow are vegetable plants, they grow faster than other plants and are tasty. Sunflowers and ferns can be a good starting plant too because they also grow fast.

Sunflower

How to get started?

The first step is to buy the plants and seeds. Some people like to buy seeds and grow their garden from scratch, others like to buy a pre-grown little plant from the store, therefore they only have to plant and water them. Also, if you have had trouble growing plants from seeds in the past, then buying plants may be a better option for you.

Clear a space in your garden for your seeds and plants. Try to get as many weeds out of the ground as possible, then go ahead and plant your seeds and plants when the garden is cleared.

The next step is to add fresh new soil when placing your plant in the garden. This will give it the added moisture and nutrients the plants need to grow.

 When watering the plants, research each plant individually to determined how much water they need daily or weekly. Some plants can go a long time without watering but other plants need a lot of water. For most plants, the soil needs to be moist if its outside in high temperatures because the sun will dry the plant out and may case the plant to wither.

To test if you plant needs more water, stick your finger into the soil of your plants a few centimetres down and see if its moist. If it is, you may not need to water the plant as much as before. Although, if its dry, you need to water the plant more.

After all that hard work, you don’t want your plants to die off because of weeds. So, make sure you weed at least once every week.

Watch your plants grow and blossom.

Add compost every now and again to your garden, to enrich the soil.

Gardening takes passion and patience, not all plants are going to grow at the same time and not all plant will even sprout. However, if you keep trying and researching you should end up with a nice garden.

If you need your garden cleared of garden waste or need your garden trimmed, call us or click here to email us.

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