Gardening may look like it’s all about throwing some seeds on a patch of earth and suddenly a bountiful garden of Eden erupts beneath your feet, but that’s not quite how it happens.
To garden better, you need to put a little thought and planning into your patch, gain a little knowledge and a few other little things and before you know it you will see that garden of Eden appear and appreciate it more after putting some effort in to it.
Get to know your space to garden better
Most vegetables need a lot of light to grow well, but there are those that will grow happily in shady areas. Do your research and find vegetables that suit your space. Think about light levels, soil type and water requirements etc
Usually, sun loving plants bear some kind of fruit. They need at least 8 hours of strong sunlight each day. A few of these plants that love the heat and light are pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers or chillies and even some herbs.
What can you grow if you don’t have a South facing sunny corner to grow your vegetables?
Don’t worry you can grow vegetables in shade too. Shady plants tend to be more leafy types of vegetables. Try plants like brassicas, carrots, salads, chard etc
Try starting a garden journal and monitor the light and sunshine as it moves around your space.
Some parts have good strong sun in the morning but none after lunch time or parts may never see sun at all.
Keep track of it in your journal and you will be one be step ahead when planning out your growing.
Choose Carefully To Garden Better
It’s tempting to rush to sow every seed known to gardeners, but for the sake of your sanity, Stop!
You will end up hating every inch of soil as you stress about learn what each plant needs how to fit in their various needs around work and life.
Here’s some of our favourites
*What nutrients do they need,
-What type of soil?
>What location do they prefer?
Take your time to get to know plants and know them well.
Once your little patch is flourishing you can expand with knowledge and confidence.
Many people try gardening and many fail saying they don’t have a green thumb.
Usually they have either tried to grow to much, too quickly without the proper knowledge and patience, giving up at the first hurdle. But gardening is about learning and enjoying the journey to that end product.
And don’t worry if your patch is small. With time and experience you will learn how to ‘catch crop’ -planting a quick growing crop in the gaps and keeping your little patch always topped up with ready to munch vegetables.
Again, keeping a journal helps you to track what works and doesn’t, what you have tried and what your next step is.
It could be a simple notebook fill of scribbles, a diary where you hot down what you’ve done each day or print off our sheets and keep track using our free printables.
Keeping It Small Is The Best Way To Garden better.
A small bed is ideal for a beginner patch and will give you enough space to grow plenty of crops until you find more space or experience
You can always expand later when you have more space or experience.(Read Number 6) You can try planting up pots on the patio, hanging baskets or even a windowsill garden too.
Try Add Vertical Elements To Your Garden
In a small space it can be tough to find the right space for the plants you love.
- Try using trellises for plants like peas, beans and climbing flowers to grow up.
- Hanging baskets give height to strawberry plants to dangle their fruit from away from slugs or cherry bush tomatoes to droop from.
Find ways to grow upwards to make more valuable space to grow in.
Growing upwards also provides a windbreak effect for other plants helping tender plants to grow better.
Compost Will Help Your Garden Grow
– Your soil is the one thing that determines whether your plants will grow well or not.
Looking after your soil by adding lots of fresh organic matter in the form of well rotted compost gives you healthy rich soil.
Follow our guide to making compost here and turn left overs and garden waste into a rich food that will give your plants their best chance at success.
You can even try this compost in a bottle activity with kids to see the process in
Love The Bugs And You Will Garden Better
A war between the good helpful bugs and the ones that want to munch and destroy it all. The art of gardening is getting the balance right, so the good guys get rid of the bad guys for you.
We need good guys like bees to pollinate our plants, ladybugs eat loads of aphids and green fly and spiders eat alot of the nasties before they become a problem.
Try to find ways to attract the good guys. Try a small pond, adding bug friendly flowers, provide bug hotels and places for them to hide and breed and you won’t have to break out the chemicals, the good guys will march their army across your garden and take care of those pesky pests for you.
And some fantastic wildlife gardening kits over in our shop