There are people who are born with a strange fixation with nature. I, myself, can easily enter this category since I have always found myself strangely attracted to plants, trees, and the green scenery of forests, mountains and grasslands.
My deepest dream has always been living in a hut inside of a forest, but I love the internet and technology too much to be able to do that. Nevertheless, I’m sure I will eventually be able to find a place that satisfies this particular need of mine without having to sacrifice my modern lifestyle!
For the time being, one particular activity that is feeling my need for nature is definitely gardening. As someone who lives in a small apartment in a very big city, gardening has managed to fill a void I didn’t know I had inside my heart, thus, making my life a lot more colorful, happy and peaceful in the process.
For those who have always felt the desire to try gardening, I’m sure you can relate! Yet… If you have never gardened before, it might be a little bit intimidating and even overwhelming at times. Don’t worry, though, since there was a time I went through the same experience!
Still, it is possible to prepare yourself for the journey, and in this article, I will showcase some advice and recommendations that I wish I knew back when I started, to make sure you experience a fruitful outcome for the beginning of your journey.
Step 1: Carefully Assess Your Situation!
The first thing you need to do is assess your situation and yourself. To do that, you might want to ask yourself a quite numerous set of questions. Some of said questions being:
- Do you have enough space to even try gardening?
- Do you live in an apartment?
- Is it even allowed to have plants in your apartment complex?
- Do you have the budget to get all the tools you might need?
- Will you be able to relocate some of your time to take care of your plants, even if it means waking up early in the morning?
- Do you have the discipline and consistency to take care of your plants on a daily basis?
If you positively answer said questions, and you believe you’ll be able to handle the challenge, you might proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Know What Type of Garden You Want
As showcased at https://www.wikihow.com/Garden, knowing what type of plants you want to grow is among the most important decisions you’ll have to make when starting your garden. The usual categories of plants you can go for include:
- Vegetables, which allows you to save some money in groceries, and provides the joy of eating your own veggies!
- Flowers, for those who love beautiful plants and want to add some aesthetics to their home
- Wildlife gardens, which is a way to support the local wildlife of your location. This one is not as recommended for beginners, but it is a great adventure for more experienced gardeners!
Step 3: Take Your Time to Research
The decision of choosing which type of plant to grow is also tied to the amount of space you have. Wildlife gardens tend to require a lot of space, whereas flowers and veggies, depending on the type, might not.
Choosing the plant you want to grow will require you to consider the space you have available, so researching and measuring are essential aspects of the experience, so once you decide what type of plant you want to grow, make sure to do your research and let what are the most viable options for your particular case!
This is especially important if you are aiming for an indoors garden, since some plants tend to attract more insects while others might be too big for your house. If you are aiming for an indoor garden, and you are a beginner, you might want to check the plants provided by PlantedPot at first, to learn the basics of their maintenance, get more experience, and slowly become more confident to build your own handmade indoor garden!
Now, if you are planning to build an outdoor garden, you will probably have a lot more space and freedom, so you can choose bigger plants or plants that usually attract more insects. If that is the case, however, you will need to get a lot more tools for a smoother experience.
Step 4: Prepare Your Tools and Gear
Once you have decided the type of garden you will have, it is now time to get the essential tools you will probably be using on a regular basis. Depending on whether you will have an indoors or outdoors garden, the tools you’ll need will vary greatly.
On that note, indoor gardeners tend to need less tools, but require more specific additions such as containers, soil, and have to make sure they choose a location where sunlight is always available.
Outdoor gardeners then require more tools because they will be working with natural soil, and will need to prepare said soil to be able to plant. Depending on how big the garden will be, some of said tools might change in size. Small gardens might be able to be prepared with a hand-rake, while big gardens might need a regular sized one.
A simple list on the tools you will need, include:
- Garden fork
- Hand and regular-sized rakes
- A hose
- A watering can
- A sun hat with a towel for hot, sunny days