Gardening Basics and Know-How: Tips from the Specialists for Gardening Hobbyists


Whether you’re a new to horticulture or a casual gardener who simply wants to keep a humble and tidy garden filled with wonderful, textured blossoms or healthy greens and vegetables, every gardener runs into a pest problem or soil issue they haven’t encountered before and don’t know how to take care of. Contrary to popular opinion, even authorities on gardening and professionals on the science side of plant care and maintenance have questions of themselves every now and then. This useful guide provides the answers to common questions about gardening and vital tips that every gardener should know, whether they’re a novice or a certified expert.

In this post, we give you a short compilation of gardening tips and tricks from the pros for rookies and hobbyists. From planting your first plant seed, the everyday care and maintenance, transferring your seedlings to the plant plot, soil cultivation to harvesting your herbs or seeing flowers blossom before your own two eyes, we’ve got your back. This useful guide has all the basic must-haves and important know-how’s for any budding gardener.

If you are interested in a formal track or want to get certified as a professional on all things about gardening, we recommend looking into professional bodies and colleges in gardening and floristry just like the American Institute of Floral Designers of the AIFD (www.aifd.org), the National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org), the American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org), the American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org) and other similar associations offering tracks specializing in floristry and horticulture.

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From Buchanan’s Plants

Preparing Your Garden Bed

Before everything else, all horticulturists, regardless of practical experience, need to ready their garden strip, whether it’s on their front lawn or their yard. From enriching your soil to regular maintenance and fertilization, it can get really complex really fast if you don’t have a great guide to assist you on your gardening journey. But no worries, we’re here to help!

Sunshine, healthy soil and water are the basic needs for any garden bed, but if you really want to go all out, you can help your own garden grow beautiful textured flowers and farm-worthy edibles with a little bit of effort and handy gardening know-how. Get your lawn all set and enjoy a field of the best flowers and plant edibles!

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From Urban Gardeners Republic

Seed and Seed-Starting

Once you’ve prepared and nurtured your lawn or yard into a proper and fertile garden bed, you’re ready to begin sowing seeds and coaxing them towards life and healthy textured blossoms and harvests of herbs and edibles. Here are some suggestions from experienced gardeners on optimal ways to sow a seed into the soil and start them up on their wonderful growth process.

Some garden enthusiasts say it’s fine and, indeed, natural to let your seed cultivating grow wild and wherever they want, but pros say otherwise. After years and years of experience tending and caring for their own garden, we say it’s best for newbies to start off their own gardens in a restricted amount of space. It’s more ideal for both you and your plants that you have a close eye on them at all times and can accurately adapt to and look after their needs.

That said, here are a couple of basic tips for amateur gardeners to consider when planting their first batch of seeds.

Disperse your seeds in the strip and avoid overcrowding at all costs.

Store your stock of seeds carefully for extended shelf life.

Carefully pat down the soil to make direct contact with the seeds.

Give them proper air circulation and water drainage to avoid infestations and plant disease.

Water them on a daily basis, and nourish them well with a healthy blend of fertilizer and plant food.

Steadily get your plants used to direct sunlight to prevent premature wilting.

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From Garden Tech

Mulch

Whether you’re nurturing a flower bed or a vegetable garden, mulch brings your garden levels of moisture retention, weed repellence, and soil temperature regulation that you could never have with any artificial product or formula. Doing your homework on the amount of mulch to use and when to use them is vital facts that every gardener should know, because mulch is one of the most important things a garden should have to thrive. Whether you’re working with grass clippings, wood chips, pine needles, stone and rocks, or dyed mulch, here are the specialists’ answers to several commonly asked questions on mulch.

Should I stay clear of any kind of mulch?

Avoid grass clippings from any lawn that has been treated with herbicide in the last three to four weeks. If you have pets, specifically dogs, don’t use cocoa hull.

Aged mulch vs. New mulch?

Older mulch won’t sap the soil of its needed nitrogen and other nutrients because they’ve already begun decomposing.

When should I apply mulch?

Because of what their purpose is in plant growth and health, gardening specialists say it’s a good idea to set the mulch in your garden plot in the early summer, or you run the risk of damaging the roots of any plants your insert after.

How deep should the mulch go?

According to the professionals, the general rule on how deep mulch should go, a couple of inches from above ground is recommended for your plants. Always keep the mulch about at least a feet off from your house’s foundation to help prevent bug infestation.

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From Grow Weed Easy

Composting

The practice of composting has been around almost as long as gardening has, and it’s reasonable to assume everyone has at least a basic idea of composting and a vague understanding of how to produce good compost. Whatever you know about it, here are a few pointers to catch you up on the basic principles of composting and how to make the most of your compost for your garden strip.

It’s highly recommended that you assemble or put together a dedicated work area for your composting, to be placed in a compost bin to stock for longer use. Maximize your compost by lightly wetting each layer as you put them in your compost bin and speed up the process.

As per the specialists, compost is best when it has a balanced composition of brown (dry) and green (wet) materials, because when it’s not, it can either heat up or smell really badly. If one of these things happens, assess the balance of green and brown in your compost. If it isn’t balanced, add a little bit more of whichever compost is less than the other, and make sure the perimeter of your workspace doesn’t clog up water and lets it empty out easily.

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From Home Garden Joy

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