Gardening Tips For Beginners

Gardening tips for beginers - what's a beginer? - I just felt I had to write about it. the number of people who fall in love with gardening is increasing each year. food growers, rose lovers, urban farmers, so many groups and fields of interests. for us, those who are doing it already pro's or hobbyists the reasons are obvious but for those who want to get into it and are looking their way I think that we are doing the opposite, we push those potential future gardening lovers away. how come? y to think about it like with any other hobby. let's say you want to learn how to surf,  the waves, the action, something is pulling you in and you can't point with your finger for the reason why. so what most people do? that's right, the Google, they search to read more and more content, consuming tons of info and that's my point.

when you don't know something, you start to ask questions and explore, but the thing is that while you're new you don't know what question to ask? tons of info you don't even know where to start from? who is telling me what I need to hear?  who can tell what is a beginner? so you surf on-line asking friends, follow FB groups following on your theme may then slowly you start to lose your self-confidence. so many tips on how to.. dozens of articles, some will offer you to start that way and others will t you right the opposite. at that point we the gardening plant mother earth lovers my lost someone for no reason. when I'm looking for best tips for gardening beginners and I see an article about how to lubricate your shovel to avoid sticking dirt to your tool, it makes me laugh. really? that's a tip for a beginner? how on earth that post or article will keep me a potential garden lover to understand why or how to start with my new passion? if I wanted to read an article about how to work correctly with digging tools in my garden, well that might be great tips I can use and benefit. but there's so much to learn and do before I learn how to use my shovel. my mission and vision on my pruning site are not just about teaching beginners how to prune, I'm trying to inspire people and to revile another aspect of gardening. so like with any other subject if it's your first time gardening nd you've reached my site know this. if you want to learn how and when to prune? start with basics in gardening. from my point of view if you want to start with a new world to explore you must be inspired, and for beeing inspired you must taste it first. and there's no other niche in the world like gardening that can provide that sense of inspiration that will most likely pull you inside that magnificent world. so let's start with the first tip.

Tip #01 - Inspiration 

SO just before your uploading picture of your new house you just bought asking people "hi people I'm newbie what should I plant here"? I promise you, after less than 12 ours you'll get lost and be more confused. there is a big chance that we, the community just lost you for good and yu lost us. so where to start from? from seed. it's not a metaphor, I'm serious. before any large not focus question you want to ask, hold your breath and go back to your early school days. start with growing something indoor from seed. if you have young kids that's even better. let them get inspired as well, you'll thank me for that. leave your back yard new design for the moment and focus on inspiration. remember those days in school when we used cotton wool to germinate seeds? that's what I'm talking about. get some cotton wool, put it on a plate, spread some big grains like beans, pea, sunflower bok choi, kale and theres more... let it grow and see how this marvel happens.

the advantage of using cocopeat disk is the fact that soon as the seeds start to germinate you can plant them as is in a small pot with soil. the second advantage is the use of organic natural materials, easy and clean to use. that's my second tip for beginners. remember, is not about what you're growing it's about the fact that your actually growing something and experience it. that part my friends is the best part that combines inspiration and experience. congratulations you made your first step in the world of gardening. well done. 

Tip #02 - Caring

Yap, you got it. caring is the second "command" for the new gardener. if you have successfully passed the first tip and your germination process was O.k? you're on the right track to become a pro gardener and I'm not joking even for a second. same with anything out there in real life. care fir it, become passionate about it and your half way there. after germinating few seeds you should be taking this newborn from their "incubator" to "kindergarten", which means a bigger pot or any other planter. if you germinate more then 2-3 new seeds you can definitely replant them outside in your back yard. be prepare for a potential disappointment (gardening, the reflection of life). there is a chance you might lose some seeds for many reasons. don't get furious or frustrated... that's life, that's is natural and you ma did everything right but still. so what? you tried and you will try over and over again. hi. you just started your new journey so don't you break on me now :-) keep on caring, day by day. be careful not to care too much... it's a hobby, not a job. you should have fun just by picking at your plants every day see if they need anything or miss something. enjoy it. 

Tip #03 - Imagination 

so we covered up all the inspiration - caring first steps with huge success. now it's time for you to step out, look at your garden porch, roof, window, small room and ask yourself that. what would you like to see when you go back home every day? what would you like to see when you wake up every morning? and no. it is not the time for what to plant where yet. I'll get to that, later on, don't you worry.  urban or rural it doesn't matter. use your whole imagination and fantasy about how you want your garden to look like. it's easy to dream. picture the areas you want to turn into green colored spots. why picture it? you'll dream and picture it but the reality will term on what plants and where. the reality like ours of direct sunlight or shade, soil or planters, cold or warm climate will be the one that guides you what can or can't be done.  you're actually a gardener already that just need to learn how to and what. from that point on, if you seriously made this three first steps Inspire, caring and imagine only now it is time for you to move on and read all the beginners tips out there. because now you have the most important basics. you're in the planning just before taking action and start working on your dream garden but there is nothing very smart I can tell from that point. you'll have to use a landscape designer advice or do it yourself with trail and error, both ways are fine it's a matter of budget and time you can invest. with gardening when it comes to time and budget the sky is the limit and only you know what works best for you.   

 I've created a short but very professional list of sites that will help you to get info.  use it, follow those sites, start slowly, gardening is not a quick program it's a journey so make sure you got the basic knowledge and tools to build your dream step by step.  and what that article has to do with pruning? glad you asked... when the time comes and your garden will flourish. come back and ill show you how you can improve your garden look with the help of your hands and a pair of shears.

Professional list 

Tip #4 - Simplicity

If you just got here ill use that chance telling you that my personal attitude is to simplify things as much as I can. Keep it simple so it will be simple to keep. that's my way with all aspects of life especially when it comes to gardening. if you made it all the way here and passed my "imagination tip" try to follow the next rules of thumb I've developed during my 2 years of experience.  so you've peeked all the plants you could possibly dream on and it goe's even beyond that. you actually have enough room for planting all those "plantation dreams' in your garden or porch. now it's time for the real tough question, and you must be honest with yourself while answering. who is going to take care of your garden? you? your gardener? how much "caring" and "maintenance" time your new plants will demand from you? if it's your first garden my advice to you is to find a low maintenance saving water plants. it's very easy to achieve all your garden dreams but does it meet your spare time and budget to invest just for keeping your dream a life? believe me, if you're not planning it right you can find yourself a slave to your own dream and you don't want it to happen. so please make sure you plan a low maintenance garden. when the time will come and you'll turn to be the king of your garden, that and only then decide upon you next gardening projects. simple doesn't mean cheap, gardening is fun not a "get it done project".  last word under Simplicity tip. even if you have no time & budget limitations please make sure you're not doing it al at once. avoid from building the whole garden at one time.  tastes experience and trends change al the time. your personal taste today won't be the same in 5 years from now. somethings can definitely be planted as anchors, things like trees or grass are very good anchors that probably won't change in years to come. but raised beds, containers, small herb garden or even a small greenhouse will change their look and location over time. so don't try to finish it all at once. walk thru and rule your garden, don't let it control you. 

Providing general guidelines on 'how to prune' any kind of plant is important, but there are plants, and there is YOUR plant. So despite there being loads of information on this site, I also provide specific and personalized support. If something wasn't clear, or you're not sure of your plant's name, simply send me a picture with your question. Use the form below and I'll get back to you. In the mean time, see what others are asking.