Whether you’re brand new to gardening or a seasoned green thumb, there’s always something to learn about gardening. Sometimes, having a couple of tips up your gardening gloves can really help you make the most of your garden.
Here are some of our favourite gardening tips:
- Educate yourself about gardening. Whether you’re planting a vegetable garden or a purely aesthetic, flower-based garden, learn about the types of plants you’re considering planting and their needs.
- Keep notes about your garden each season. Keeping a detailed journal of your garden throughout gardening season can help you learn from your mistakes, as well as help you recreate situations that went well.
- Use your local resources. Next time you head to the nursery to stock up on some plants for the season, consider chatting with the people who work there to see what plants they recommend or suggestions they have.
- Know your planting conditions. Get to know your hardiness zone, as well as the specific conditions of your neighbourhood (for example, whether you live in an urban area) and your soil.
- Know whether your garden faces north, south, east, or west. Knowing this will help you place plants so that they get adequate light or have protection from cold winds.
- Plant in groups of three. When you’re shopping for plants, never buy just one of each variety. Plant at least three of each variety you choose for a put-together look.
- Embrace the shade. Even if your garden is comprised of predominantly shady areas, you can plant beautiful, shade-loving plants like hostas and herbs.
- Water every plant after moving it. Whether you’re moving a plant from a pot to the garden or to a different bed, watering it will help the roots adjust to their new surroundings.
- Let your garden do most of the work. While there’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden, letting your garden do its thing can have great benefits. Resist the urge to tidy too much in the fall or to cut back a plant that has flowered, as it may surprise you and continue to add beauty to your landscape.
- Underwater, don’t overwater. Bringing plants back from the brink if they haven’t had enough water is easier than saving them after you’ve watered them too much. Plants are good at telling you when they need water (most start to droop), whereas any warning signs that you’ve overwatered often mean it’s too late.
- Don’t strive for perfection. Gardens are constantly changing, growing and evolving, and your garden is never going to be “perfect.” Use your energy on getting joy out of your garden and from the plants that are doing well, rather than stressing over the things that are going wrong.
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