These days, you don’t have to be a grandma to start a garden, nor do you have to have a green thumb. You can start a garden with the help of ready potted plants, some basic gardening tools, and a gardening guide for any type of garden you have in mind.
Yes indeed, why a grow a new garden or start to learn how to?
If in the past you have tried to start a garden with one potted plant to test your gardening skill only to end up with nothing to show for your efforts, you must have made a lot of gardening booboos. There is no reason to stop you from trying out again.
If a garden outdoors seems to be a gargantuan task, start with potted plants for your patio or in the corner of your backyard. Many people love our indoor gardening tips, but nothing compares to being outdoors. When the flowers bloom and the scents fill the summer air, you will surely want to have more blooming flowers that get you closer to nature.
- A beautiful garden in a cramped apartment or one that stands out in a treeless neighborhood is a sight to behold. It works like magic on the senses and brings you back to the time you wished you had a magic garden.
If you are tired of the traffic scene outside the four walls of your home and you long for vibrant colors that remind you of open fields awashed with daffodils, you need a garden, no matter how small it is.
Gardening is also a therapeutic activity for people and the rewards are huge and gardening makes the body physically busy with all the kneeling, bending, pruning, and watering.
In sum, gardening is the way to go to decorate your front lawn and add some pizzazz to your backyard. A garden also helps in the effort against global warming – and this is the most important reason why you should have a garden.
Tips for Starting Your New Garden
Before starting a garden there are basic stuff to learn by heart such as the type of plants that will thrive in your locality and the amount of care they demand.
- Talk to a gardener and you might get lost in translation with all the babbling about soil pH, mulching, cotyledons, and composting.
But gardening should start with the basics – garden space and garden shape.
Where do you want to have your garden and what plants do you have in mind?
- If you want to start with a small space, make sure it receives a lot of sunlight and it is a place dogs and cats and other pesky four-legged creatures cannot reach.
For visual delight, choose decorative pots or gardening containers of different shapes, sizes, and heights. These will add texture to your gardening efforts.
- The decorative pots may have a coordinated look or a mix-match collection to achieve a certain look for that garden space.
Window Ceil Gardening Tips
The old-fashioned window box gardening resolves the issue of lack of space for condo dwellers. Window box gardens also enhance the interiors and frame the view out there or spruce up the apartment’s exteriors – with spilling ivy, petunias, and geraniums.
- This type of gardening should be selected carefully to coordinate with the look and feel of the apartment or condo and the type of plants to grow.
You can make your own flower garden planter box o get a professional to do the job for you, complete with decorative add-ons and wall brackets to support it.
The next job is choosing your potted plants that can survive in the area.
Note the weather condition; is it too windy or does it rain too often and how much sun does that part of the apartment/condo receive during the day?
Knowing all these can help you choose the type of plants for your window garden.Garden suppliers can also fill you in and help you make the right choices of flowering plants or herbs for your garden, a greenhouse wouldn’t be an entirely bad idea either to buy or build.
- The issue of home security may be a concern especially if your home can be easily accessed. For the front window, install secure double lock latches. The window is secured from the inside so there is no worry that the plants won’t get their ample diet of sunshine if you leave the apartment during the daytime. Install a top vent or front awning if it rains often so you can leave the window open when it rains.
What Should You to Plant?
The choice of plants to grow will depend a lot on your personal preferences or gardening skills, ask around for gardening tips and tricks. If you are the type who goes for scents herbs in the kitchen’s window box garden are recommended: dill, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, mint, spearmint, and sweet basil.
- For romantic scents in the living room, go grab potted jasmine, lavender, nicotania, and sweet alyssum. The flowers also add a dash of colors that would revive anyone’s flagging spirits. If you want perennials grow crocuses tulips, daffodils, and primroses.
Homegrown vegetables might interest the culinary expert in the home – tomatoes, cabbages, beans, peas, and lettuces.
- Fresh homegrown veggies can stretch the grocery budget.
If you are big on ornamentation of your apartment or condo, choose plants that grow flowers that match the paint color of your home’s exteriors.
- Permanent greenery such as Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Mugho Pine, Bristlecone Pine, and small cacti are top picks for year-round ornamental plants.
Get Sterilized Soil
For your window box garden and other indoor plants, take the time to sterilize the soil to get rid of nematodes and their eggs and noxious weeds that will eventually show up.
The best time to sterilize soil is during the summer or ‘cooking’ the soil in high temperatures using a large kwok after sieving to get rid of stones and other debris.
Or buy sterilized soil from garden suppliers if the job appears too messy for you. Sterilized soil assures the safety of children and house pets from getting worms.