How does your garden grow? Unless you’re a dedicated green thumb, chances are, not so well!
But with a few basic tips, you too can learn how to grow your food and flora fuss-free this spring.
Here are five secrets to gardening success for the non-green thumb!
If you can see your garden each day, and how well or badly it’s thriving, then you are less likely to forget it! So keep your garden in relative eyesight every day so that it can flourish. The best sites are those that are on flat ground and easily accessible to water. Outside the kitchen or on the lounge room balcony are always good visible options.
Don’t over-invest in space or time if you’re not willing to see it through. If you want to dabble in gardening, start with one pot plant and work your way into a herb box or small raised garden bed from there. Better to succeed on a small scale than to fail on an epic one!
You’re going to want to work your way through the Do’s and Don’ts of dirt before you consider which plants to go with. For the most fruitful growth, ensure your soil is fertile and well-drained. You can ask at any nursery about soil specifics to suit your gardening goals.
For plants and vegetables to grow successfully, they need sunlight – at least six hours a day is preferable – but again, some vegetables will grow with less light. These include lettuce and root crops like carrots, radishes, and beetroots. If your patch of earth isn’t exposed to much sunlight during the day, consider a mobile planter that you can move around and have sit in the sun when, and where, there is some!
For plants to live, they need proper love. Water alone won’t cut it. You also need to fertilise regularly, so roots remain fortified. If your vegetables or flowers don’t make it, then remove them completely and regenerate the soil around it before planting again.
If you’ve got a green thumb that is itching to get cracking, here are some gorgeous gardening accessories to get you going!
Let your mind wander to the philosophical side of life when tending to your garden with this beautiful watering can from The Thoughtful Gardener – The Thoughtful Gardener Watering Can, $69.95 – available at Zanui.
Don’t have even a square inch of soil outside? Bring your garden indoors with this super cute herb garden! Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit, approx. $78 – available at Urban Outfitters.
For something completely outside the planter box, a crystal garden offers visual splendour and a side-hobby, weather not permitting! – Crystal Garden Kit, approx. $10 – available at Urban Outfitters.
Give your gardening game a contemporary twist with this cute ash wood handle trowel and fork set – The Thoughtful Gardener Garden Trowel & Fork Set, $64.95 – available at Zanui.
Forgot the gloves? Ensure your hands withstand the ravages of regular gardening with this delicious after-outdoors treat! – The Aromatherapy Co. Hand Wash – Wild Lime, Mint, Fig & Olive, $26.95 – available at David Jones.
To be honest, we’d don these even if we weren’t in the garden! Loving this European-inspired gardening get up! – Uashmama Paper Braces, $40 – available at Hunting For George.
Need a little guidance to get your vegetable gardening growing this spring? Here’s the tome, just in time! – Penguin Step-By-Step Veg Patch, $35 – available at David Jones.