Caring for plants in a garden can be a daunting task for most people. And due to that, they resort to telling themselves that they do not have that “green thumb” and just stop their attempt to have their dream garden they always wanted. That is just sad.
Having a garden does not need talent. Caring for plants does not need any special gift. If you have knowledge on how to do it properly, enough time, and patience, you can have a lush garden anytime. What we can give is the knowledge. Plants do not need a lot of time. And being patient is up to you.
So, what are the things you need to know? Here they are.
Save some water and effort by getting a decent watering can. Get one that has a narrow spout for more effective watering. However, the key here is not really on the watering can you will choose. It is how often you water your plants.
Depending on the weather, season, and your plants, the frequency of watering them can vary. But the rule of the thumb is that, if the soil’s damp, do not water yet. How to know if the soil is damp? Use your fingers to poke on to the soil. If you feel that it is damp, it is damp. If it is dry, then water it.
Fertilizing your plants is a fast and sure way that you can do to ensure their health. If your plants are flowering, then get a fertilizer rich in potassium oxide or K2O. If they are foliage plants, give them nitrogen.
To avoid killing your plants with fertilizers, choose ones that are slow release, use a small amount (or just follow the instruction on the fertilizer), mix them with natural compost, and apply them to your soil.
On the other hand, some special plants enjoy having tons of fertilizers given to them. Make sure that you check if your plants are one of them. Alternatively, some of your plants, like orchid and cacti, will need special feeds.
When to feed them anyway? The best time to feed plants is when they are at their growth peaks. Peaks vary from plant to plant, so research for each of your plants is truly necessary.
Lighting and Location
Some plants love a lot of sunlight while some like to stay beneath shades. Consider the position of your plants, and locate them where they are ideal. Generally, east gets a lot of sunlight, west gets a lot of hotter light, and north and south may get full sunlight all of the day.
With our weather, a lot of plant varieties can be planted in and out of our houses. However, if you are going to plant outside your house, be sure that they are frost resistant. If you want to plant a lot of variety, be sure to build a greenhouse or save some space in your house for your plants when winter comes.
Those are just the basics. You should also learn how humidity can affect your plants and when it is the right time to do some repotting. As of now, just start researching and start planting. Good luck!