You have this urge to start with this new hobby but you don’t know where and how to start. You don’t want to put it off for another day because you tend to forget all about it then.
What you need to start with the following items:
- Larger Plastic or Clay Containers
- Amended Soil
- Fertilizer or Compost
- Seeds (a pack of seeds cost approximately $2 in the market)
- Watering Can
A space should be allotted for the containers. Patios and backyards are great areas to do gardening. There are vegetables which require large spaces for them to grow. Make sure that the space that you choose is large enough for your plants to fit in.
If you only have smaller spaces, you can plant smaller varieties of tomatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce and some herbs.
First, fill the container with soil and add water to moisten it. Mix the soil thoroughly to distribute moisture. Plant seeds according to package instructions. If you are transplanting, dig holes big enough to accommodate the roots. Return the soil and press the sides gently. After planting, water the plant immediately. Do not leave them under the sun first for the next two days. this is to make sure that the plant doesn’t wilt.
To ensure growth, plants need at least 6 hours of sunshine everyday. However, there are vegetables which require less hours like in the case of tomatoes. Sunlight helps the plants to produce their own food. They can grow in shady areas but they will not produce the same amount of fruits later on.
Water the plants regularly. To see if there is enough water and moisture in the soil, place your finger down 2-3 inches deep on the soil. If that particular is dry, it means that you need to water your plants until the water trickles down to the bottom of the pot or container.
There are also plants which need stakes for support. Examples of these plants are tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans. Check the plants regularly if there are any pests eating their way through the plant. Remove any damage. Organic fertilizers are the most recommended add-on to your plants to ensure that they grow healthy.
When harvest season comes, your very own produce is the best reward that you can get from your garden.