Gardens can be a beautiful addition, after all. However, when you have these things in mind, you ought to think if gardening skills are inherited or learned over a period. Well, the latter can be one of the most practical points. So, if you are one of the enthusiasts who love to take care of your garden and water plants, this post is for you.
But, in case you are thinking about how to start your garden, this post will guide you through it. The blog will enable you to make your garden of dreams. Let’s get started with the rundown without wasting any time.
Site it right.
One of the most important things about gardening is the site you set your garden in. Moreover, it is just like real estate, where location plays an essential factor. So, consider placing your garden in one of the parts of your backyard or garden area where you will see it regularly throughout the day. Through such a process, you will be spending time with it.
Follow the sun.
Following the sun is yet another vital factor in your quest to set up a garden. In addition, misjudging the sunlight is a common pitfall when you are first learning how to garden. As a result, pay attention to how the light plays through your garden area before selecting a spot for the garden. Most edible plants, comprising several herbs, vegetables, and fruits, need a minimum of six hours of sun to thrive.
Stay close to water.
Stay close to water is another gardening tip experts will narrate or tell you every time you ask them. Always set up the garden near a water source. Also, ensure to run a hose to the garden site, allowing you to lug water every time your plants tend to get thirsty. One of the best ways to tell whether your plants require watering is to push the finger an inch down to the soil, around one knuckle deep. So, just know that if it is dry, it is an ideal time to water.
Begin with great soil.
Before beginning a garden, the top piece of advice from experts is to invest in the type or form of well-drained and nutrient-rich soil. One can achieve this through a combination of mixing 3 inches of all-purpose soil into the top-most 6-8 inches of existing soil you already own. Moreover, it is essential to know that if a gardener is planting in an elevated bed, always use the raised bed soil, a perfect texture and weight for the raised bed growing.
Whenever you find space to be the premium, look towards the containers. One can simply grow several plants in pots, comprising herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, flowers, shrubs, and berries. So, while gardening in containers, utilize a significant pot for the entire plant it is hosting. You can also occupy it with the moisture growth potting mix. Not only can it formulate to assist plants in pots thrive, but it can also protect against the under and over-watering.
Select suitable plants.
It is essential to choose plants that can match your growing scenario. It simply implies putting sun-loving plants into the sunny one, selecting heat-tolerant plants in warm weather, and providing ground-gobbling vines such as melons and pumpkins. In the end, one has to do due diligence and pick specific varieties that can grow wherever you reside and in the garden area.
Discover your zone.
Knowing the hardiness zone will assist you in selecting the best plants. If we put it in simple terms, this describes the coldest place a plant can stay and grow—the higher your zone number, the warmer the weather. As a result, if a crop is a bit hardy to zone 4 and you do gardening in zone 5, that plant can survive in the yard. However, if you happen to be in zone 3, it might be too cold to grow that specific plant.
Learn your frost dates.
Remember, planting late or too early in the year can spell adverse effects for your garden. One needs to know the area’s last average spring frost date, so you do not accidentally kill plants by putting them prematurely. It is also ideal to know the first average fall frost day and date to get your plants moved or harvested indoors before the late-season cold damaging them.
Add some mulch.
Consider applying a layer of mulch that is 2-3 inches deep around every plant. This can reduce weeds through the process of blocking the sun and alleviate moisture loss. As a result, you have to water less. However, when it comes to the polish look, put down the layer of bagged mulch.
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Gardening, bird-watching, stroking your cat – whatever it is you like doing, just go for it. It’s officially good for you!
‘Pastimes for which your friends would previously mock you start becoming acceptable as you age.’ Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Image
It’s a bleak Monday in January, and you have spent half the morning trying to come up with plausible excuses to get out of doing any work. But I have some good news: the key to a happy life – and I know you were wondering about that – is, apparently, spending more time on your hobbies.
New research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (and not the Institute of the Completely Obvious, as you may have expected), says that valuing your time more than the pursuit of money leads to feelings of greater wellbeing. And by valuing your time, they mean spending it wisely on hobbies, exercising or being with your family.
The researchers even invented two characters, “Tina” and “Maggie”, and asked people who they preferred – money-grubbing sociopath Maggie, who would rather work more hours and make more money, or workshy hippy Tina who wanted to work fewer hours and make less cash. The option of working less and making more money was strangely absent, although that is of course the obvious answer, as evidenced by the hordes of people who bought lottery tickets this weekend.
My main issue with the research is the idea of adults having hobbies. What are hobbies anyway? Pastimes, suggests my boyfriend, which makes them sound marginally less awful. But is eating biscuits while watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians a pastime? Because if so, I am very serious about it, and presumably I am very happy too, although I wouldn’t know it, because I have given up my favourite pastime (drinking) for January – and perhaps for ever if the government’s draconian new guidelines are to be believed.
After all what is the point of being an adult if you can’t gleefully cast off hobbies? Most of them not only smack of Victorian ideals of self-improvement, but are basically activities adults made you do when you were a child so they could get you out of the way for a few hours. If you have been a Brownie or a Scout you will know what I am talking about. Here’s what happened when I was a Brownie: I was awarded a badge for collecting scented erasers (a 1980s hobby if ever there was one) and I was made to do Brown Owl’s housework, under the guise of gaining another badge.
There are very few hobbies that are acceptable as an adult. None involve mindfulness colouring-in and most are a way of life: drinking, eating, listening to music, perhaps a bit of yoga. Of course, there are ways to pass off these everyday activities off as “hobbies”, mainly by making them as complicated and time-consuming as possible. Cooking is brilliant for this. Simply choose an extremely complex recipe with many obscure ingredients – anything by Yotam Ottolenghi is perfect, and I can’t recommend Donna Hay’s beef rendang enough – not only do you have to find fresh turmeric, galangal and kaffir lime leaves, it also takes three hours to cook. Bingo!
Pets are also useful. Dogs – walks, obviously. Cats – well, if stroking cats isn’t a hobby then I don’t know what the world is coming to. Pets with ailments are fantastically time-consuming. My own cat has inflammatory bowel disease, it turns out. I can’t recommend it, but it certainly necessitates spending several hundred hours away from my desk and at the vets.
As with so many things, there is an age dimension. Older people questioned for the study were more likely to say they valued their time compared with younger people. This can only be good news – pastimes that your friends previously mocked you start becoming acceptable as you age – birdwatching, for example. This seems to be fine after the age of 40. Ditto gardening.
So there you have it. Faff around doing anything you like, really, and you may even fool yourself into being happier. After all, isn’t the study basically saying that the more time spent away from work the better? Common sense, really.
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