Beginner’s Guide to Gardening

1. Determine the location

First, choose an excellent area in your yard to ensure that there is plenty of sunlight. This may be along the perimeter of the home, driveway, or sidewalk. You can also build a garden island in the middle of the yard. At this stage, pay attention to sunlight patterns, which areas get the most and least sunlight, and test your soil acidity.

2. Draw the garden layout

Choosing plants: the key to a successful garden is planning. Once you have determined the area where you want to grow plants, you can consider what plants you want to grow. Take arbor as an example. It is a fast-growing shrub. Knowing this, you won’t put petunia and other plants behind your arbor because they will be blocked. The same is true for vegetable gardens. If you want to start a vegetable garden, consider building or buying a cedar cultivation bed. Cedar is the material of choice because of its natural resistance to corrosion and insects. It is recommended that the garden be exposed to the sun for more than 8 hours a day — the more the better. Measure the width and length of your garden bed according to the type of vegetables you want to grow-one square foot per plant is a good rule of thumb, although the requirements for specific plants may be different. In short, determine the plants and make a plan accordingly.

3. Decide when to plant

Seasonality is an important part of gardening. It will affect how long the plant can receive sunlight and when it will bloom. When buying plants, the following are some key words you need to know:

4. Leveling the land

Grading the soil means leveling the land to prepare it for planting. This process requires digging a few inches down to remove roots, turf and rocks to form a garden bed. Once it’s done, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, you can use an anti-weed agent to clean up the weeds. Then put the plants in pots, follow the original plan and their respective needs, and then start planting them. We recommend breaking down the roots a little to help growth. Next, you can spread the cloth to further prevent the growth of weeds. The thicker the material you choose, the harder it is for plants to pass through the barrier. Last but not least, it is time to lay your stone or covering.

5. Consult a professional gardener

Gardening, especially for novices, can be overwhelming. Therefore, when in doubt, we strongly recommend consulting a professional. Consult with local professionals and they will recommend the most suitable plants to grow based on your land layout, soil acidity, climate and aesthetics.

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