Top Gardening Tips
“Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of them. You’re always learning.” ~ Helen Mirren
Wondering how to get started with gardening or just looking for some help taking your gardening skills to the next level? Go forth with confidence using these tips.
Plant in the right location.
Take a cue from the real estate agents’ mantra: Location, location, location. Starting a garden is all about location.
Out of sight, out of mind?
You will likely spend more time in your garden if it’s in a part of your yard where you will see it regularly.
Consider how much sunlight the plants you have (or will have) need. Some plants thrive in while for others, you’ll need to choose a spot in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of direct and unobstructed sunlight during the day.
Plan your garden to be near a water source.
Keeping your garden site within reach of a hose is quite helpful, so you don’t have to lug water to the site each time your plants need water. Speaking of which, here’s a quick way to tell if your plants need watering. Push a finger about one knuckle deep into the soil (AKA an inch). If the soil is dry, it’s time to water.
Do your homework.
Doing a little homework for your garden ahead of time will save you lots of grief (and dead plants) later on.
Choose the right plants.
When gardening, it’s important to take note of your growing conditions. Select plants that will grow well in the space you have and where you live.
Learn the frost dates for your area.
Discover the average first spring frost date and first fall frost date for your area.
This way, you won’t accidentally kill your plants by planting too early and you’ll harvest or move your plants indoors before the cold damages them in the fall.
Use the right products.
The right products will help you get beautiful results in your garden.
Invest in soil that is well-drained and nutrient rich.
A product like Miracle-Gro® All Purpose Garden Soil can be mixed with existing soil so your plants can build strong roots. Mix 3 inches of it into the top 6 to 8 inches of existing soil to help your plants get off to a great start.
Feed your plants.
Just like your own body, plants need sunlight, water, and high-quality nutrition to thrive. Your plants are hungry. Feed them plant food.
This serves two purposes: reduce moisture loss through evaporation (so you can water less) and reduce weed growth by blocking out the sun. Around each plant, put down a layer of bagged mulch or straw that’s 2 to 3 inches deep. Easy as pie.
Gardening doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you have the know-how and the right tools. Get the details about our gardening tool recommendations in our Best Gardening Tools article. Happy growing!