I’ve been dying to devote myself to a new hobby, and I tend to dive into things head first instead of dipping my toe in the pool. If I go by the law of averages, the more plants I plant, a couple of them are bound to survive…right?
Currently in my garden I have:
- Spring Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Romaine Lettuce
- Patio Tomatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- Butternut Squash
- Spaghetti Squash
Like I said, DIVING in.
I’ve learned a thing or two since starting my planting journey. Mostly from not knowing what I’m doing and making almost-devastating mistakes. Therefore, take my advice and plant your beautiful garden this spring!
1. Watch the Sun and Plan
Take time to plan where your plants are going to live. Full-sun plants need 4-6 hours of direct sun, minimum. Most vegetables and herbs will be full-sun plants. Take a few days to watch the sun and make sure if you have trees, they’ve gotten their leaves. The space will appear to get a lot more sun if your trees are still bare.
2. Find a Local Nursery
Not only is supporting a local business a great thing BUT your local nursery will typically nurse the plants that they sell. Therefore, your plants will already be used to your local environment. Some nurseries will also carry varieties of plants that will grow better in your area depending on soil type, air quality, etc.
3. Ask the Experts
The other great thing about a local nursery is they are FILLED with employees who are not only very knowledgeable about gardening but they’re also very sweet. These people are passionate about what they do and are more than willing to help.
I noticed that some of my plants did not look very bright and perky. I went to my local nursery and I could not believe how much great advice they had for me, and a week later my plants look great!
4. Compost, Compost, Compost
They call compost the “black gold” of gardening. I’m not sure I’m actually doing it correctly (separate post to come), but I have a plastic storage tub, dirt, and food scraps. And it’s all decomposing together to make a mineral rich dirt that will be a natural fertilizer to my plants. Until the compost is ready, I am using an organic “fertilizer”. This fertilizer is all natural with no chemicals and certified organic (and it wasn’t any more expensive than the others that are not good for the environment).
5. Pay Attention
When I started this I thought “OK dig a hole, plant it in the ground, water it, THE END”. Well turns out nothing in life is that simple my friends. I take 10-15 minutes while I’m watering my plants to look at their health every single day. Especially vining plants like tomatoes or blueberries that need to be “trained” to vine onto a trellis.
Diving into the world of gardening is so fun and there’s no more eco-friendly way to help the planet than to nurture plants. Whether you have a few herbs in a pot on the windowsill or a fully fledged raised-bed garden, you can start an eco-friendly garden today!
Leave any tips or tricks in the comments below!