With so many variables to consider, many people start to garden enthusiastically without much thought. Proper research always needs to be done when you garden to make sure certain mistakes are not made. A good rule to follow is not to take anything for granted. When you plant, you should always be aware of the type of plants that you are going to grow, and how much water and sunlight they will need.
When you get ready to have a garden, other than having the appropriate soil, seeds and garden tools, you really need to have an appropriate attitude for the undertaking. It is not uncommon for people to jump right into gardening without really planning ahead and they just end up tossing seeds about their yard. This is a formula for a fiasco or at the most a small achievement. You need to take sunlight and proper irrigation into consideration, when selecting your location. In addition, you need to make sure that you are not too ruthless with your beginning plans. You can use magazines, websites or gardening shows on TV for inspiration, but do not expect your first garden to win any prizes or be featured in your local newspaper. As with anything, there is a learning curve with gardening, so take it step by step and just focus on the basics at first. Often, if you are not sure as to the needs of the specific seed you are planting, you website may plant it at an incorrect depth. This particular issue can make or break your project. You may have the finest dirt around and well fertilized with compost, but planting at the correct depth makes all the difference. If not planted at the correct depth in the soil, your seed will not be given the nourishment needed to sustain life and healthy growth. Yet if you plant it too deeply, it may not get enough light or may get drenched by underground water. In general, the drier the soil and the local climate is, the deeper you should plant your seeds. If your seeds are greater in size, the depth will be greater as well. Anytime you buy seeds that come with recommendations for planting, you would be wise to proceed as directed.
Don't overlook the quality of your soil. This is one oversight that beginners make and it can make a huge impact on the production of your plants. Healthy soil equals healthy plants. Take the time to test the pH of your soil before you plant so you will know if you have to balance your soil for acidity or alkalinity. Your local nursery, or the garden center of the big stores (such as WalMart), will have pH Test Kits that you can use to test your soil. If your soil has problems, you can fertilize to bring it up to par. Alternatively, here you can simply purchase a load of healthy garden soil from a nursery. Using compost or fertilizer on a regular basis will help you maintain the health of your soil and ensure that your plants are well nourished. With a predetermined scheme, you will have the ability to avoid some of the popular mistakes we have covered. It is not a good idea to guess at the correct maintenance program for your plants; they are all different and need specific care. If you're not sure about something, there are plenty of sources of information, whether on the internet or at your local nursery. Never generalize plant care and growth; they all have their own specific and individualized needs.