9 gardening tips that every beginner should follow


Margaret roach often replays a joke with a longtime gardener: “what’s the best gardening advice you get?” A man asked. “The green side is up,” replied the other. This is a reliable tip, but roach hopes to pass on more textured advice to new gardeners through her groundbreaking book, the Garden Road: a hands-on introduction to each season. In it, she shared the insights she had collected after working on this land in the Hudson Valley in New York for three decades. Among her many wisdom pearls for beginners, here are some experiences that can help you succeed, no matter where you plant them.


Erica Berger

1. Don’t buy every plant you desire in the nursery.

This usually leads to a one-piece Polka Dot garden rather than a coherent landscape. Buy more and fewer things to plant in rafting and repeat elsewhere in the garden.

2. Plant growth.

Like “green side up”, this should be obvious, but sometimes it is not. Planting trees and shrubs near paths, structures, or each other can be expensive. Woody plants shall be spaced no more than two-thirds of their mature width, and filled with annuals and perennials.

3. Limit the width of the bed.

If used for eating or cutting flowers, whether on the ground or on the ground, a bed six feet wide or larger is impractical. Climb in and compact the soil between planting and weeding. Four to five feet wide is enough to reach the midpoint from both sides.

4. It’s never too early to install drip irrigation.

This is especially true for intensive crops such as vegetables. Save time and water by installing drip irrigation system.

5. Know your weeds.

Understanding the names and growth habits of weeds is very important for garden management. Are you facing such a huge self sowing annual plant as Matang, and you must make timely efforts to prevent sowing? Or is your opponent running underground like a perennial vine? Many local extension services have online tools to identify weeds. (Rutgers University and the University of Minnesota have good.) Once you have identified your weeds, take pictures of them and attach notes for next year’s reference.

6. Use ideal volunteer plants.

Every spring I shop in my garden and move tobacco, Rehmannia glutinosa, and Veratrum to better places. Therefore, it is valuable to learn to identify the seedlings of volunteers; If I can’t recognize them, I’ll waste more money in the nursery.

7. There are no “deer prevention” plants.

I mean, deer will at least browse any plant and eat a little or more. The best investment I’ve ever made is the fence.

8. Most insects are not pests.

Most insects are beneficial or harmless and don’t need to worry. A shelf for a regional field guide, a browser bookmark to the error guide network, and applications such as inanaturalist are the best companion for gardeners.

Related: use this simple pest prediction tool to prevent garden pests

9. The number of seeds in a package has little to do with the number of seeds sown.

Take tomatoes as an example. There may be 40 seeds in a bag, but you only need six plums for sauce and two slicers. Don’t make the same mistake I made earlier and make more than you can keep up

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