Plant Your Way to a Beautiful Garden: 7 Tips for Beginners

Beautiful Garden
This garden terrace behind a slate rock wall has just been completely weeded and cleaned up with fresh mulch spread evenly on the ground surrounding ornamental bushes and flowers. See first related photo below for the comparison “BEFORE” this garden was restored to a properly presentable appearance. 🙂

Did you know that keeping a garden requires more than just planting and waiting for pretty flowers to sprout? If you’re thinking of curating your own dream garden, but afraid that it might be too challenging, then this article (and the assistance of David Fairley Gardens) is for you. Read on to find out how you can easily grow a garden from home with these simple tips on how to plant your way to a beautiful garden.

Know your soil type

Knowing your soil type is the first step towards a beautiful garden. You can test it by digging a hole and testing the soil. If it feels a bit sandy, then it’s sandy loam. If it’s clay-like, then it’s clay. Sandy soil is perfect for growing annuals and vegetables, but it’s not suitable for planting flowers. Clay soil, on the other hand, is great for growing flowers and trees, but it’s not suitable for growing annuals and vegetables. The pH of your soil also needs to be taken into consideration as well. Your soil’s pH level determines what nutrients are available to your plants. If it’s too acidic, then it’s not suitable for growing flowers. If it’s too alkaline, then it’s not suitable for growing vegetables.

Choose the right plants for your garden

Certain flowers and plants are suitable for growing in certain soil types. When choosing the right plants for your garden, you have to take into consideration the soil type, available sunlight, watering needs, and your intended purpose. Annuals, like sunflowers and corn, are great for growing in sandy soil. Plants that are suitable for clay soil, on the other hand, include tulips, hyacinths, lilies, and peonies. If you want to grow vegetables and herbs, then you have to choose the right varieties for your soil type. Tomatoes, for example, grow best in sandy soil. If you want to grow flowers and herbs together, then you can choose from a wide variety of soil-friendly plants.

Pick the spot and prepare it

Before you start planting your garden, you need to pick the perfect spot for it. If you have a backyard, then you can plant your garden in the middle, but if you live in an apartment building, then you can plant it on a balcony. Once you’ve picked the perfect spot for your garden, you have to prepare the ground by clearing the area of weeds, rocks, sticks, and debris. You have to remove the grass and topsoil and dig a hole that’s at least 6 inches deep. If you have sandy soil, then you have to mix it with compost or manure before filling the hole with the new soil. If you have clay soil, then you have to add plenty of organic material so that it becomes loose. You can also add sand to clay soil to make it lose and easy to work with.

Learn the art of planting in rows

While it may seem like a no-brainer, learning how to plant in rows is an important step for beginners. It’s important to plant the seeds in the right spots so that they get enough sunlight and water. If you plant them in the wrong spots, then you may have to replant them again in the future. To plant in rows, you have to draw parallel lines in your garden where you plan to plant your seeds. Once you’ve drawn the lines, you have to take a seed packet and place them at intervals of about 6 inches. You can also use an electronic planting guide to help you out with the process. Electronic planting guides are available as an app or a website and they will help you with the whole planting process.

Don’t forget to fertilize

Apart from planting seeds and watering them, you also have to fertilize your plants to make them grow faster. You can use a balanced fertilizer that has an NPK ratio of 5-1-1. Then, You can also use blood meal, fish meal, and bone meal, but make sure that they’re organic. You can use a fertilizer with every watering, or you can use it once a month. Using fertilizer once a month is ideal if you want your plants to grow as fast as possible. You have to keep in mind that young plants require less fertilizer than older plants. If you’re growing flowers, then you have to be careful not to overfeed them. Overfeeding flowers can cause them to grow tall and spindly, and they’ll look more like weeds than flowers.

Add some colour with flowers

Once you’ve planted seeds and watched them grow into beautiful plants, you can add some colour to your garden by planting flowers. You can choose from a wide variety of flowers that are easy to grow and that add colour to your garden. Some of the best flowers for beginners include sunflowers, clematis, petunias, impatiens, geraniums, and marigolds. You can also choose from a wide variety of annuals, like corn and beans, that grow quickly and add colour to your garden. Once your flowers have bloomed, you can allow them to die naturally or you can prune them back, so that they last longer. Pruning your flowers is important because it helps them grow stronger and prevents them from weakening prematurely.

Be patient and keep watering

Once you’ve planted your seeds, you have to be patient and wait for them to grow. You don’t have to water your plants every day, but you have to water them once a week. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, then you may not have to water your plants at all. You have to water your plants deeply and thoroughly – right to their roots. If you’re watering your plants with a garden hose, then you have to make sure that it isn’t pressurized. If it is, then you may accidentally damage your plants. You also have to make sure that your garden hose is long enough so that you can reach all the plants in your garden comfortably.

Don’t be afraid to prune

Every gardener has a different approach to pruning, but it’s important that you don’t leave your flowers and plants unpruned for too long. Some flowers, like roses and lilies, need to be pruned in late winter, but you have to be careful because they’re very sensitive. Other plants, like hibiscus and sunflowers, need to be pruned right after they bloom. If you’re not sure when you have to prune your plants, then you can search for “flower pruning times” on your search engine. Pruning your plants is important because it helps them grow stronger and keeps them from getting too spindly. You can use three types of pruning techniques – topping, pinching, or cutting. Topping is when you cut off the top part of your plant and pinching is when you cut off the top and bottom part of your plant. Cutting, on the other hand, is when you cut your plant at a certain point in its growth.

Summing up

Gardening isn’t just about planting seeds and waiting for them to grow. It’s about maintaining the plants so that they look healthy and beautiful. If you want to achieve that, then you have to know your soil type, choose the right plants for your garden, and pick the spot and prepare it. Once your plants have grown, you have to fertilize them, wait for them to bloom, and prune them. Plant your way to a beautiful garden by following these tips!