With so much advice and so many sources giving you various different ways to define your garden, it may seem like making your garden a perfect oasis is something that can be done quite easily. Although there are lots of tips and tricks that can actually help you out, becoming really good at gardening calls for a lot of hard work, learning, and patience.
In order for your garden to fully grow to its maximum potential, you have to take very special care of it. There are tons of things you’ll need to learn and various unexpected issues that may occur, but we’ve gathered some most fundamental habits all great gardeners have in common. Hopefully, these will help you get on the right track when it comes to gardening.
Planning before planting
Having an exotic garden in a cold climate may seem a bit unrealistic, but it’s not impossible. However, in order to achieve the true greatness, you should choose the plants carefully and selectively.
Once you are completely certain which plants you are placing in your garden, you need to prepare the ideal conditions for each of them. You should keep in mind the amount of the sunlight, wind protection, local plant life and possibility of vermin infestation. Always plan ahead, and once you start growing, make a detailed journal to follow up the progress. This will help you learn about your garden and it will help you make it really great.
Rebuilding the soil
In order for your plants to grow healthy and properly, you must take care of the soil. You do this by adding amendments.
Amendments are the organic matter that enriches the soil and provides the plants with all the necessary nutrients and energy they need. There are various types of amendments like compost, worm castings, rotted manure, straw and hay, grass clippings and shredded leaves. Every year or sometimes even more often, the amendments should be placed in the top few inches of the soil to keep it healthy and filled with the energy-rich plant food.
Mulching is a process of placing a protective layer over the soil where the plants are planted in order to keep the growing conditions ideal. There are different types of mulch, used in different conditions, so it calls for some time researching what your garden really needs.
There are organic and inorganic mulches used to give the soil proper protection from the weather effects or watering effects from oscillating sprinkler nearby. Organic mulch is always more preferable, as it feeds the ground once it falls apart, and it also draws earthworms which have an amazingly positive effect on the soil nutrition and growing abilities. Some of the most used mulches are straw, hay, wood chips, and much more, adapted for specific uses.
Sharing and expanding
There’s an old saying that says – if you have a garden – you are a rich man. This is true in so many ways. Not only that you are able to generate organic produce to feed yourself, and even spare some to sell, you also have your own seed factory.
There are tons of organizations for seed and plant exchanges. There are numerous places that would benefit greatly from your extra produce, like group homes or soup kitchens. Offer some flowers to the local store and help develop your local community from the seeds originated in your garden, and watch it expand and even influence others to start their own gardens.
Never giving up
Gardening is hard, and it takes a lot of time to learn and master all the necessary skills needed to be a really good gardener. With that said, it’s not always just up to you. Weather, soil, unplanned natural or personal events can all have a major effect on your garden. So even when you are giving your best, it’s not always up to you.
Having that in mind and learning to accept it can really help you understand the art and devotion behind gardening. You have to understand that making great garden calls for some sacrifice, and you should always try to improve it, as you are improving yourself through learning about it. Giving up shouldn’t be an option if you really want to make a nice garden, because you are planting a new life, and giving up on life is quite a scary thought.
As we said, these are just some of the basic habits and skills needed for someone to start understanding the seriousness of gardening. With these in mind, you can start learning and adapting your garden, making it become something you wouldn’t expect just weeks ago.
Planning, persistence, devotion and true dedication, as well as the group work that can be quite helpful when it comes to building a serious garden, are all necessary for you to become a truly great gardener.