Got a black thumb? Not for long!
These tips will teach you how to garden like an expert!
Gardens are not only beautiful to look at, they're also an incredibly productive way to destress. Who wouldn't be entranced by the idea of growing their very own flowers, herbs, or produce while getting some much-needed relaxation?
But if you're just starting out, you might feel a little intimidated by even the concept of an indoor container garden. Not everyone is born with a green thumb, but that doesn't mean you can't learn to be the best gardener in your neighborhood.
Use our top tips to learn how to garden like an expert.
1. Location, Location, Location
When it comes to gardening tips and tricks, real estate agents have the best advice: location, location, location!
For your plants to thrive, they need to have their needs met. And one of the most important needs is, of course, sunlight.
Be sure to position your plants so that they can get the amount of sunlight they need to grow properly.
Plants that require full sun, such as lantanas and begonias, might not reach their full potential on a shaded porch or patio. Conversely, plants like hostas and caladiums might dry out and die if exposed to too much sun.
Whether you keep your garden indoors, outdoors, or on your porch, take the time to consider each plant's light requirements before finding it a permanent home.
2. Get the Right Containers
If you're starting a container garden, having the right size, shape, and material for your containers is crucial to your success.
Containers should be big enough so that the plants have room to grow and spread their roots. While you can start a seedling in a smaller container and transplant it later, it best to wait until the plant is strong enough to withstand the transition.
Also consider the shape of the container in relation to the plant's root system. For example, tall, thin containers are not well-suited for plants with wide, shallow roots.
Your containers should also have the proper amount of drainage. Too little water can dehydrate your plants (more on this later), but too much water can be just as harmful, leading to issues like root rot.
However, it can be difficult to find a garden container that meets your standards for both drainage and style. We advise choosing a container first and drilling the drainage holes you need.
Plants need nutrients just like humans do. And they absorb those nutrients from their soil.
A good-quality soil is one of the most important factors in your garden's success. Approach soil with the same dedication and care that you would feed yourself, your family, or your pet.
A backyard garden will require different soil than a container garden, so choose your soil wisely.
Once your flowers, herbs, fruits, or vegetables have been planted, make sure you feed them regularly using a good-quality fertilizer that meets the plants' needs. For a DIY option, you can make your own compost.
4. Water Regularly
Even the most drought-tolerant plants will require water at some point.
While there are extremes at both ends of the "water needs" spectrum, a good rule of thumb is to give an inch of water to your plants about once a week.
If you have plants with different needs, label them accordingly so you don't accidentally over- or under-water them. For instance, hibiscus plants require a good soaking 2-3 times a week, while ponytail palms thrive in dry soil and shouldn't be watered more than once a month.
Keep in mind that the best way to water plants is to pour the water directly onto the soil. Avoid getting the foliage and blossoms wet, as this can lead to mold problems.
5. Prune Wisely
Your journey of knowing how to garden like an expert isn't complete until you've mastered pruning.
"Pruning" refers to focused and intentional cutting back of excess plant material to encourage the healthiest, most attractive growth.
Flowering plants typically benefit from regular "deadheading" to remove spent blossoms. Some plants may shed old blooms on their own, while others will require you to manually cut away each one.
Other plants may require very little maintenance throughout the year, but thrive after an annual pruning.
If your plants are starting to look a little straggly, or "leggy," pruning can bring them back to a more attractive shape. For most plants, you'll want to cut back any long stems right above a set of leaves, as shown on the image below.
How to Garden Like an Expert? Now You Know
The next time someone asks you how to garden like an expert, you can share with them these home gardening tips. With more and more practice, you'll eventually be able to come up with your own unique gardening ideas.
Of course, your gardening will only be as good as your gardening products. Arcadia Garden Products has everything you'll ever need to nurture a beautiful and thriving garden.
From pots and trellises to birdbaths and ceramics, we can make your garden the talk of the town.
If you have any questions about our high-quality products, feel free to contact us. We're always happy to help.