You’re about to start a garden, and that’s great! A garden can be rewarding and fun. But don’t fret: we’ve got your back. We’ve put together this handy guide for beginners to help you get started on the right foot with your new planter garden.
Are you ready to start a garden?
If you’re thinking about starting a garden, check out these tips on how to get the most out of your space and what plants grow best in containers.
If you’re into indoor gardening, then this article is for you.
If you want to start a plant based diet, then this blog on starting an indoor planter garden will help get your green thumb going!
Getting started in a planter garden
If you’re new to home or apartment gardening, it can be a little confusing where to start. Here we go:
Good dirt, that’s what.
Soil is the foundation of your garden. It provides nutrients to plants, retains moisture and allows for healthy root growth.
If you’re new to gardening, consider buying a bag of soil from a local hardware store. Most hardware stores carry organic or natural soils that are ideal for growing vegetables and other plants.
One way I like to tell if the soil is good enough for my planter garden is by squishing it between my fingers. If it crumbles easily and feels soft, then it’s probably good enough! The best thing about using this method is that it only costs $1!
Another way I like to check whether or not my soil has enough nutrients for growing veggies is by testing the pH level with a litmus strip (or test kit). A pH level between 6-7 should be just right for growing most types of vegetables without needing any extra fertilizers added later on down the road; however if your pH levels are too low (or high), then adding some kind of fertilizer will help balance things out again before planting anything else in there because otherwise they may die due lack nutrients.”
Choose the right plants for where you live
- Watering frequency and amount
- Pests (including insects, animals, pets)
- Neighbors and their kids
Taking care of your plants
Once your garden is planted and established, you need to take care of it.
- Watering: Watering is important to keep your plants strong and healthy. If they are not watered regularly, they may begin to wilt or die. Do not over-water them though! Only water when the soil becomes dry. How much you water depends on how many days it is between watering times and how hot/dry it is where you live.
- Fertilizing: Plants need nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) in order to grow well so adding fertilizer will help your plants grow faster. You can add fertilizer by using compost tea or liquid fertilizers such as fish emulsion or seaweed extract that are available at most nurseries or garden centers near where you live.* Mulching: Mulching helps retain moisture in both soils with high water content like sandy loams as well as those with low water content like clay soils by helping them keep their moisture levels stable throughout the year.* Pruning: Pruning refers to cutting off parts of a plant such as branches in order for new growths which provide more fruit/vegetable production space.* Planting time: Different types of vegetables have different planting times depending upon where they originated from – some countries have warmer climates than others so need higher temperatures
Are you thinking about starting a garden inside or outside?
This blog is for people who are new to home or apartment gardening, whether they’re growing a container garden indoors or out. If you live in an apartment and have access to a balcony or patio, the only thing stopping you from starting your own planter garden is finding the space (and time). You can grow herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and shrubs all year round by using containers as plant holders.
If you live in a house with an outdoor area like a yard or patio, that’s great—but it might not be enough space for your plans! Don’t worry; there are plenty of options for growing plants on terraces and balconies as well. Just check out some tips on how best to design your container gardens before diving too deep into creating something custom-made.
And if you live in a condo/townhouse and still want to get involved with green thumb projects? There’s nothing stopping anyone from placing pots outdoors—just make sure they’re sturdy enough so they don’t topple over when full of soil!
Take care of your plants, including watering, fertilizing, and mulching.
Once you’ve chosen what type of plants to grow in your planter, it’s important to take care of them. Plant care is generally done during the growing season, which lasts from spring to fall depending on where you live. Here are some tips for taking care of your plants:
- Watering is an essential part of plant care. You’ll need a watering can or hose that reaches at least halfway into the planter box so that the bottom soil doesn’t dry out too much between waterings. Watering deeply once a week should be sufficient for most plants but make sure not to overwater as this can cause root rot!
- Fertilizing is also an important part of maintaining healthy plants throughout their life cycle from seedlings through maturity and beyond because it helps prevent nutrient deficiencies from occurring due to lack or excess soil conditions such as pH levels or fertilizer composition (elements like nitrogen). There are several different types–liquid vs granulated vs powdery–so choose whichever one best suits your needs!
A Garden Grows…
Are you new to home or apartment gardening? Or into a new plant based diet? Here we go: a blog about starting a planter garden.
There is no better time than now to start growing your own food, because there are so many options! You can grow a garden in any season (and most likely even indoors). You can grow a garden outdoors and indoors, large or small spaces, any climate zone, any soil type (even poor quality), in pots or in the ground…the list goes on! There really is no excuse not to have something green growing where you live!
Now it’s time for harvesting!
From here, you’ll want to harvest your produce.
Harvesting is easy! You can eat the leaves of healthier plants like lettuce and kale, but you may want to wait until they’re a little older before doing so. Once the plant has matured enough that it’s no longer producing new leaves (and its root system has sufficiently developed), simply remove one leaf at a time by pinching it off with your fingers or scissors. This will encourage growth in other parts of the plant—so if all else fails and this isn’t working out for some reason, there’s no harm done!
If you have space, try growing multiple varieties of plants next time around – this will keep things interesting as well as provide more variety when it comes time for harvesting!
Harvesting Techniques for Different Plants.
Once you have your plants growing, you need to know how to harvest! There are several different techniques you can use depending on what kind of plant it is. In general, picking vegetables when they are ripe or picking fruits when they are ripe will help ensure that you get the most flavor and nutrition out of your crops. Using this same method for flowers will also ensure that each plant produces the best possible flower for consumption. If it’s an herb or spice that you’re after, then freshness is key—you’ll want to pick herbs when they’re fresh; otherwise, the flavors may be too weak or overpowering in some cases. Seeds should be harvested once they’ve ripened (if applicable), and berries should be picked once they’ve reached their peak sweetness as well (though some berries such as blueberries should not be picked until after frost). Nuts are best harvested while still on the tree, but there are exceptions—for example walnuts must be processed immediately after harvest because otherwise their shells become too hard for cracking later down the road!
Start your own garden today! It will help both you and your home.
- You’ll get fresh food.
- You’ll get exercise.
- You’ll get to grow your own herbs and spices.
- You can involve your kids in the process.
- You can involve your neighbors in the process.
- And, if you want to take it a step further, you can even organize an entire community program!
There you have it, a guide on how to start your own planter garden. It may seem like a lot of work at first but once you get started and start enjoying the fruits of your labor it will be well worth it. You’ll be saving money while helping the environment too!