12 Gardening Tricks For Newbies

Gardening is an art. It is true that it is an expression of nature, but every garden, every patio, even every balcony decorated with plants is unique and unrepeatablealthough they have been designed following the same style. Each of us can contribute something of their own that will make that space personal.

So that the landscape can look spectacular almost from the beginning, we are going to give you 12 gardening tricks that will be very useful whether you are a newbie or if you have been involved in this fascinating world for a while.

Have a lot of patience and be constant

I know. I know what it’s like to have an empty lot. It looks like it’s asking you to cover it with plants and flowers, right? But you cannot pretend to have the garden done in the same day; not even a perfectly decorated balcony can be ready in 24 hours.

Be patient. Go doing work little by littleand you will see how you will get the garden or patio of your dreams.

Choose native plants

Prunus dulcis, the scientific name for the almond tree.

Native plants are those that grow wild in your area. They are the most recommended to grow, since withstand the conditions of the place without problems. But if you don’t like them, don’t worry: you can always buy those that live in places with a similar climate, which are the ones that are grown in the outdoor facilities of the nearest nurseries.

Check the moisture of the soil before watering

Metal watering can watering an orange tree

Irrigation is a complicated but very important task. Every time it is watered, you have to avoid wetting the flowers and leaves, and at the same time try to make the earth well soaked (but not flooded).

Still, the risk of root rot is high, so it is always better to check the humidity of the soil before wateringintroducing a thin wooden stick and see how much has adhered to it (if it comes out clean, we can water), or using a digital humidity meter.

Put upholstery plants

Plant of the species Alternanthera dentata

The lawn is wonderful, we will not deny it, but it requires a lot of maintenance. A good alternative is to plant cover plants, which they do not need so much water and they will also produce small but very beautiful flowers.

Use natural products to repel and eliminate pests

Garlic, perfect for keeping pests away.

Plants, no matter how well we care for them, can be affected by various pests: aphidsmealybugs trips, Red spider… In nurseries we can find synthetic insecticides that will eliminate them quickly, but we have to bear in mind that these products are also toxic for beneficial animals, such as ladybugs.

Therefore, from here I recommend using natural products to repel pests, and also to eliminate them if they have not spread much.

Prune your rose bushes so that they give better roses

White color rose

Rose bushes are shrubs that are often grown in gardens, patios, … in short, anywhere. They produce spectacular flowers most of the year, but need regular pruning. A) Yes, you have to remove the withered flowers, and prune it a little harder at the end of wintertrimming the stems about 3-5cm.

Place the plants in their proper location

Potted echinocactus

Plants need light to grow; however, it sometimes happens that they are not put in the location that they should be. Therefore, the leaves and branches begin to etiolate, that is, to lengthen in order to capture more light, or on the contrary they burn.

In general, trees, palms, flowering plants, and cacti should be grown in full sun, but there are exceptions. For example, maples, begonias and Kentias they are just some that cannot be exposed to the star king. On the other hand, indoor plants have to be in a room where a lot of light enters so that they can grow well.

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Change your potted plants

Potted plant indoors

One of the most common mistakes is thinking that a plant can live its entire life in the same pot; However, this is not so. Plants that are grown in containers have to be transplanted normally every 1-2 yearsmoving to one that is wider that has a new substrate.

Label your seedbeds and pots

Labels and pen

The labels are very useful to know when you sowed the seeds, or the scientific name of a plant in question. They are also very cheap (you can get them for 2 cents each), so having your pots well classified and organized will not cost you much .

So that what you write is not erased, you can use a pencil.

Fertilize for better growth

Worm humus for plants

As important as water is compost. Vegetable beings they need to “eat” in order to have good growth and developmentexcept the carnivorous plants since they obtain the nutrients that they need hunting insects and ingesting them. Taking this into account, throughout the growing season, that is, from early spring to late summer must be paid regularly.

As compost you can use firewood ashes, coffee or tea grounds, compost, banana peels, and much more, as you can discover in this other article.

Place invasive root trees away from buildings

Ficus benjamina in the garden

Trees that have invasive roots, such as Ficus, Ulmus, or Fraxinus, They have to be planted at a minimum distance of 5-10m from pipes, swimming pools, concrete floors, etc. otherwise you could end up having serious problems.

In addition, it is important to know how much space that tree will occupy when it is an adult and put it in an area where it can thrive.

Plant the bulbs together

Tulips in the garden

For a dense carpet of gorgeous bulbous plants, plant the bulbs closer together than the package recommends. This way, you can place some more within the same space, thus ensuring that when they bloom no one can stop looking at them.

If you grow them in a pot, make sure that it has holes for water drainage, as these plants do not like to have “wet feet”.

Do you know of any gardening tricks that we didn’t include?

12 Gardening Tricks For Newbies

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