Tips to Achieve a Green Thumb Level Garden in Morristown!
Gardens can be a lovely oasis and tranquil retreat. A home garden, most of all, offers rest and relaxation from work and the outside world as well as a space for the family to gather and be together. Yards and gardens are an important extension of the home. If you struggle with gardening or worry you don’t have a green thumb at all, here are a few simple tips to help you cultivate just such an oasis.
1. Automate the watering system.
This tip doesn’t have to cost a fortune. So take a breath if that’s what you were thinking. You can set up soaker sprinklers throughout the yard and set them on a timer. Easy as that! Walk away or go on vacations and know your lawn and garden is staying hydrated. Water is so important to keeping plants alive, which we all know. However, it’s easy to forget to water daily. So setting up this system to do the remembering for you takes out that worry.
2. Take light into account.
Another seemingly obvious tip at first: pay attention to the light your yard and plants get. But, going deeper, you will need to take stock of when the light hits as well as what parts are full-shade as opposed to full-sun or something in-between. Pick your plants according to where you will place them and what kind of light they require. Also take into account that the light will change from spring to summer. A spot that is mostly shaded in May might be full-sun in mid-July.
3. Pay attention to soil quality.
The soil your plants are sitting in matters. It’s where a lot of their nutrients come from and it’s not wise to just plant them into whatever dirt happens to be in your yard. You could start by getting a soil-testing kit, which will help you determine what aspects are hurting plants and how to remedy that. Or talk to a local gardening store for more help specific to your region. They’ll have recommendations for how to help give your plants the best growing environment!
4. Listen to directions on how much space each plant requires.
Some plants require a lot of space to themselves, and some don’t mind being squished together. Listen to packaging directions for seeds. Or ask the store where you buy your flats (containers that the plants come in) how much space each plant needs to thrive.
5. Know how to dig properly.
Plants cannot be plopped in an exact hole in the dirt. They need a hole larger than the existing container. So don’t just extract your plant from the flat and squeeze it into a hole that size. Rather, dig a bigger hole than the container. Then add your fertilizer or other amendments you need for soil quality. Next add the plant itself, fill with dirt, and press down to remove air pockets. Last, water consistently for the next couple weeks to ensure it’s getting settled into its new home!