Having a garden or some greenery around, is something everyone desires and why not, it brings us closer to nature and brings about a sense of calm and tranquility, perhaps a getaway from the daily stresses of life. As pleasing as it is to have a garden of your own, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, or you just might be out of space or maybe you don’t have the time. Fear not, here are some handy tips for you to maintain a garden in your home without using up too much space or taking up too much of your time.
Research your Plants
If you do this step well, the battle is half won, you can look around in numerous websites for the kind of plants one can grow. Shortlist a few plants and then research them individually, whether they are suited to the environmental conditions in your region, the maintenance that they require. You would also want to make sure they are not plant varieties which spread out rapidly.
Another important consideration is the kind of soil available in your garden and the amount of sunlight that would be available to the plants. Do take these factors into considerations, before finally deciding on any plant variety
Sturdy and resilient plants are the best bet for any beginner, you can eventually work your way to more temperamental plants.
Be mindful of the season and weather conditions before planting.
Plan the arrangement
Once you have decided on the plants, you can go ahead and make a diagram or a rough sketch of which plants are to go in which spot, keeping in mind the necessity of sunlight or shade for each plant variety. Some varieties of plants complement each other when grown together, keep in mind such considerations.
The Best Start
Prepare your soil with manure and nutrients which your plants would require, this will go a long way in keeping your plants healthy and also help them acclimatize to the new environment.
The use of mulch is understated. Not only does it contain the moisture in the soil, but it also prevents weeds from sprouting because of the blockage of sunlight which would have previously sprouted the seeds of weeds.
Be sure to leave some space around the base of the plants and then add mulch, you don’t want to block the sunlight from your plants.
Watering your plants day after day can be a soothing and relaxing experience but you might not have the time to do that everyday, and no matter how sturdy the plants are, most will not withstand consistent lack of water, an easier alternative for you is introducing drip irrigation system, it requires some investment at the beginning but will end up giving you great returns, a beautiful garden, your time and energy saved and you will be doing good for the planet by saving water.
Fill the gaps
The menace of weeds is one of the biggest concerns of a gardener, amaetuer or a seasoned one, these pesky plants can rob your plants of nutrients and other essentials. A good way to combat that is to not leave gaps or spaces for them to grow. You can cover the gaps with ornamental grass or plant shrubs or meadow plants all of which are likely to be all seasons plants, and so providing year round protection from weeds
Keeping a journal record of your plant in a religious manner can do wonders for your gardening journey. Draw a rough sketch of where your plants are or where you have sown the seeds, to keep track of the plants. In case some plants require routine addition of nutrients you can keep track of the same in your journal. The same applies for keeping track of how long it takes for flowering plants or fruit bearing plants.
Gardening can be a very fulfilling hobby but it does require some amount of patience on your part, which can be easily cultivated when you reap the benefits. There are bound to be some mishaps, some dried up and dead plants, but don’t give up. Research and learn more about gardening. There are various local garden groups even on social media which you can join and interact with fellow gardeners about your garden woes and even share the beautiful plants you grow