Gardening: How to Garden If You Don't Have a Green Thumb

Gardening does not come naturally to everyone. This website will serve as an educational introduction to the rewarding world of gardening. This site will discuss different types of gardens, as well as how to start and maintain a garden. After analyzing this document, the reader will be able to confidently start a garden of their own.

Types of Gardens

To begin with, before one can start gardening one must decide what kind of garden they hope to create. As this process can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner, it would be beneficial to begin with the most standard or typical types of gardens. The most popular garden is undoubtedly the flower garden, as it is the least burdensome for beginners (Robinson, 2011, p. 2). No matter what kind of garden one hopes to grow, space, climate and accessibility to materials must be considered (Herklots, 2016, para. 9). Flower gardens are popular globally as they can be easily maintained in almost every environment (Robinson, 2011, p. 4). A staple in flower gardens are shrubs and trees (Robinson, 2011, p. 5). It is important that these are not planted in close proximity however, as trees need space to grow their roots to become big and strong (Robinson, 2011, p. 5). Flower gardens must be colourful, but tasteful. Although it is easy to get carried away, a garden should have an aesthetic. When planting flowers, try to spread them out, place them with shrubs and herbaceous plants to give the garden a sense of order (Robinson, 2011, p. 7). Flower gardens are fun because they are low maintenance and there are not many rules!

Another garden that is exciting for gardening newcomers are woodland and rock gardens. These gardens are not as popular as flower ones, but they are even less maintenance and leave a lot of room for creative expression. With the former, one is encouraged to highlight the wild and casual vibes, sort of an effortlessly cool aesthetic (Darke, 2003, p. 12). Instead of a pavement path, one made of mulch or grass in a curved line with a surrounding group of mixed and unique foliage such as herbs trees and shrubs is the perfect woodsy wonderland every Green Thumb strives for (Darke, 2003, p. 11)! If working with lots of plants is undesirable than a rock garden is a unique and easy alternative. A rookie mistake is trying to decorate with many small rocks, when a few large boulders will do the trick (Farrer, 2010, p. 30). Large rocks with gaps for sun loving plants like cacti is a great focal point in between slabs of sandstone and limestone (Farrer, 2010, p. 37). The planning stage is the most important so be creative!

How to Start a Garden

  1. The first step will decide the fate of the garden therefore it is crucial that it is done correctly. To start, the location of the garden must be appropriate (Wright, 2010, p. 236). Every factor must be considered, these include environmental factors as well as aesthetic. The garden should be appreciated by the neighborhood but remain in one’s sight
  2. The next step is linked to the first one. When choosing the location, follow the sun’s movements (Wright, 2010, p. 240). Most plants need around six hours of sunlight daily (Wright, 2010, p. 257). It is also important to keep water in mind when choosing where to plant your garden (Wright, 2010, p. 260). If the garden is too far from a water source, it will be difficult to water them, and one may become lazy if the task becomes challenging (Wright, 2010, p. 262). Remember that plants are living things! A good gardener strives to give their plants the best. That is why the following step is essential for the growth of one’s garden. Soil that is rich in nutrients and drains well will produce happy, lively plants (Wright, 2010, p. 278). Store-bought soil should be laid upon the first eight to six inches of existing soil if one is not planting on a raised bed (Wright, 2010, p. 294).
  3. Moreover, one must also consider the necessary materials. If the best location sacrifices space, containers will come in handy (Wright, 2010, p. 315). Of course, the container or pot should be large enough for the plant to grow comfortably (Wright, 2010, p. 315). The former steps are crucial to the next step which is picking plants. The plants one decides to grow must match the conditions of the location and all that entails (Wright, 2010, p. 320).
  4. Next, consider the season! Planting too late or too early will decide the fate of one’s garden (Wright, 2010, p. 327). Do not put out plants too early, or on the other hand, have them harvested or put inside too late (Wright, 2010, p. 328). Different plants react to the same weather in unique ways, so keep this in mind when deciding what kind of plants will make up the garden.
  5. The final steps are to add mulch and regularly feed the plants. A two to three-inch layer of mulch should be laid around each plant to reduce weeds and a loss of moisture, which will incidentally lessen the plant’s need to be watered (Wright, 2010, p. 400). After thirty days of having planted the garden, feed it plant food and watch as it grows into the jewel of the neighbourhood.
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How to Maintain a Garden

Starting a garden is a big task but it does not end after its creation. A good gardener ensures that they keep up with the maintenance of their garden. In order to have a Green Thumb one must be patient and willing to establish and follow a routine that will ensure that the garden flourishes. Similarly to the inception of the garden, the maintenance has certain universal steps that must be followed

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Water the plants around twice a week and ensure the soil is evenly moist (Herklots, 2016, para.121). In order to protect the lawn from heat, cut the lawn at a height of around five centimetres so the soil will not dry out (Herklots, 2016, para.125). In order to ensure weeds do not grow in one’s garden, densely plant beds so there will not be space for weeds to grow (Herklots, 2016, para.130).
When watering the plants, aim for the soil (Herklots, 2016, para. 122). Plants that are watered on their heads or their leaves will create a mould formation, so be gentle and precise (Herklots, 2016, para.122). The best time to water the lawn is from four to eight in the morning (Herklots, 2016, para.126)! Another way to stop weeds from even sprouting is to use a generous amount of mulch (Herklots, 2016, para.130).
The best times to water plants is in the early morning or in the evening (Herklots, 2016, para.121). Creating a routine will make the process become second nature! Use around ten to fifteen litres of water per square metre to start and adapt if necessary (Herklots, 2016, para.127). The best way to get rid of them is to remove them from the root with a weeding trowel (Herklots, 2016, para.130).

In conclusion, this website served as a simple introduction into gardening, and discussed different types of low maintenance gardens, as well as the basic steps one must take in creating and maintaining a garden. Although not everyone is a natural born gardener, through research, planning and hard work everyone can take pleasure in the joys of gardening.


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