I am a terrible gardener. I can’t tell the difference between an azalea and a raspberry bush, and if you put me in the middle of a forest with only my eyes to guide me home, I would probably starve to death. But gardening is one of those things that gives people joy—and it’s also something that has become more popular as people have tried to cut down on their spending and find ways to save money. So even if you don’t know anything about gardening, don’t worry about it! Just follow these simple steps and your garden will be thriving in no time:
Make sure you have the right lighting.
Being able to grow your own plants is a great way to save money and eat healthier. But there are many obstacles that can get in the way of success, even if you have the right tools and knowledge. One problem that many people struggle with is knowing which type of lighting their plants need. Light plays an important role in plant growth and development, so it’s important to make sure your garden has adequate lighting for the plants you want to grow.
Some common types of indoor gardening include: hydroponics (growing plants without soil), aquaponics (growing fish and vegetables together), aeroponic (spraying water directly on roots), and vertical gardening (planting vertically). Plants need different types of light depending on how they’re being grown; for example, hydroponic systems require artificial sunlamps or LED lights that emit ultraviolet rays similar to sunlight whereas conventional gardens may only need natural sunlight coming through windows during daylight hours. Always consult with a professional before deciding which kind of light source will work best for your needs!
Keep your soil healthy.
Soil is the base of your plant’s health. If it’s not healthy, your plants won’t be either. So how do you know if your soil is healthy? Well, there are certain things that make good soil:
- Nutrient rich, but not too rich.
- Loose and aerated, but not too loose or aerated.
- Moist without being wet (you have to water often enough for them to absorb moisture.)
Learn how to take care of a few specific plants really well.
Learning how to take care of a few specific plants really well is the best way to start a garden. It will help you understand what plants need and why they need it, so that when you see your first seedlings pop up out of the dirt, you won’t have any doubt about whether or not it’s time for them to be planted outside.
You can learn about plant care by reading books or websites (like this one), taking classes at your local community college or adult education center, or attending an event like Flower Day in San Francisco which brings together experts from across the country who offer advice on everything from fruit trees to native flowers.
The most important thing about choosing a plant for your garden is knowing what conditions it needs in order to thrive: how much sun does it like? Is there enough water nearby? What kind of soil does it live best in? Once you know those things about any kind of plant, then all else becomes easier–it’s only natural!
Buy the best gardening tools you can afford.
The first rule of gardening is to buy the best tools you can afford. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with these, so you want them to be comfortable and easy to use.
You should also ensure that they are durable, have a lifetime guarantee and are easy to clean. By buying quality products, you’re likely to get more for your money in the long run – which means less time spent maintaining them later on!
If you’re just starting out in gardening, it might be worth getting a few different kinds before settling on one particular style or brand (or even type). This will allow you an opportunity to try different things out until finding what works best for both yourself and your garden.
Water regularly but only when needed.
Watering is a balancing act. Water too often, and you’re drowning the plant; not water enough, and your green thumb will shrivel up like a prune. The key is to keep the soil moist but not wet. It’s also important to check with your local garden center about what kind of plants you have before deciding on how much water they need—some plants prefer less frequent but deeper watering, while others are fine with daily drizzles but need more depth to their root systems. If you have any doubts about how much or how often to water, ask someone at your local nursery or garden center for advice!
Buy a variety of plants (dracaena and philodendron, for example).
While there are many varieties of plants on the market, some are easier to grow than others. Dracaenas and philodendrons are great for beginners because they’re hardy, don’t require much sunlight and can be grown indoors or out. If you have a windowsill or table that gets plenty of light (but not direct sunlight), these two plants will do well there.
If you make sure you keep your plants healthy and alive, your garden will flourish.
If you want your garden to flourish, make sure you have the right kind of lighting. If you’re growing plants indoors, getting the right light is important. Your plants need at least 12 hours of sunlight per day (though most will thrive in 14). If you don’t have that much natural light in your home, it might be time to consider investing in some grow lights.
Make sure your soil is healthy and water regularly but only when needed! Keep an eye on how thirsty your plants are so that they never go thirsty for too long.
Learning to be a good gardener is not easy. It takes time, patience and practice. However, if you follow these tips, you will soon find yourself with a green thumb!