It’s that gorgeous time of year where flowers and produce are blooming all over the place. Those tiny tomato and cucumber buds we planted in early May are beginning to sprout delicious fruits and flowers. Whether you’re one who plants very little each year or you’re a person who spends days planting a number of seeds and buds, gardening is an undertaking. Like any other hobby or activity, gardening is easier when one is organized and has necessary tools and supplies nearby.
Real Simple magazine offers several tips for newbies and experienced gardeners to make the process more efficient and simple. Following these suggestions will greatly increase your likelihood of gardening bliss.
1). Know your region: Contrary to popular belief, not everything grows everywhere. Find out what grows best in your region and decide on several options.
2). Test your soil: You can do this by sending a sample to a nursery or your local cooperative extension. You can also purchase at-home testing kits. The results will tell you how acidic or alkaline your soil is which affects how well it absorbs nutrients. This information will help you decide which plants to plant where.
3). If you’re new to gardening, start with “easy” plants: If you are a newbie, experts suggest planting vegetables and sunflowers. While all plants take at least some maintenance, these options are inexpensive and quick and easy to plant so you won’t waste time and money if they don’t grow well.
4). Create a plan: Plan out your space so you don’t overcrowd your plants. Most plants have directions with them regarding how far apart to plant. If they don’t come with instructions, an associate at the nursery will be happy to help you.
5). Keep a notebook: Jot down your dreams and goals for your garden so you can continually refer back when you’re feeling discouraged. Notate any progress you see and any interesting changes in weather. Not only does journaling make the experience more relaxing, but your notes may be helpful in following years. Your children can partake in this activity as well by keeping their own journals with pictures and short notes.
6). Set a calendar: Look at the big picture. Many folks work on their space throughout the entire year to ensure it’s completely ready when the time comes to plant. Pruning, weeding and prepping during the seasons leading up to spring will save you energy and frustration when the time comes to actually plant.
7). Water carefully: Experienced gardeners suggest watering in an ample and consistent way, so water your plants regularly and generously. Newer plants will need more water because the root system is still developing. Early morning is a good time of the day to water. This allows plants to completely soak up the moisture before the sun comes out in full force.
8). Be patient and dedicated: If you’re committed to growing anything, you will have to be patient and dedicated. Follow your plan and take good care of your plants. Lastly, don’t beat yourself up if things don’t grow in the way you had hoped.
A great way to achieve all of these goals is to have all your supplies, clothing and tools readily available and nearby. Many of our clients utilize a storage unit in a mudroom, basement, garage or car port to help with this.
If you have to spend time searching for what you need, frustration can set in before you even get started in the garden. No one wants that to happen. The Braemar team has a number of storage solutions to offer, and we are happy to help you find a storage unit that works with your space and budget. By having everything you need right at your finger tips, gardening success will become a reality.