Getting your hands in the dirt and taking care of plants can both bring you pleasure. That is not an exaggeration or an empty promise. There are studies on the benefits of gardening.
And in a time when so many of us need more serotonin than our bodies can produce organically, there’s never been a better time to get into landscape gardening.
Let go of that “I have a black thumb” opinion and become a thriving gardener with the tips below.
- Become a Worm Mom (Or Dad)
You know those stickers. shirts, and Bumble bios that say “fur mom” or “parent of fur babies?” Well, we know it doesn’t have the same ring to it, but what if you become a worm parent?
Don’t say “ew, gross!” just yet. Worms are some of the hardest working animals on (and in) Earth regarding plant health. They aerate the soil by wriggling through it, which delivers oxygen to plant roots. They digest dying organic material and compost, turning it into useable fuel for plants.
And just to throw in a fun fact, because worms get a bad rap, they’re also self-sustaining. A worm can create more worm babies without a partner. They’re hermaphroditic.
If you have the space to think about garden landscaping, you likely have a spot you can use for a compost box. That box can become your little worm sanctuary. There are even people who sell worms for gardening purposes!
You could call it a side … wriggle.
If you’re really fancy, you can get a solar composter. Your local solar company would love to explain to you how it all works.
- Know the Sun Level in Your Garden
People talk about having green thumbs/black thumbs as an innate thing. Sure, some people have a knack for plants, but gardening is a learned skill.
One of the most essential parts of being a successful gardener is learning what to plant where. Even someone with the greenest thumb and professionally made raised beds can’t grow a full-sun plant in the shade.
To learn what kind of shade/sun ratio an area has, you must plan a full day at home. Pick a few spots and check on them every hour. How much of that spot is in the sun? How much is in the shade? Keep notes.
There’s probably a fancy gadget you can get that measures sunlight, but our way is free.
Once you have this information, draw a representation of your garden, with levels of sunlight included. Then plan what you’ll plant in each spot. All seed packets will tell you what kind of light something needs.
- Reuse What You Can
If your Facebook, Instagram, or even FYP is spammed with those ridiculous Five Minute Crafts videos, then you’ve likely seen glimpses of this next tip.
Unlike those videos, we’re going to give you instructions on how to do it. By it, we mean regrowing plants with your food waste.
Lettuce is one of the easiest plants to grow, even if you don’t have a garden. All you need to do is cut off the bottom part of the lettuce (that you weren’t eating anyways) and place it on a wet paper towel, cut side facing up.
Leave it in the sun and water when the towel is dry. Tada! Fresh salad for your space-saving gardening hobby.
Landscape Gardening Tips and Ideas
Everyone can be a gardener. Whether you have a seventh-floor balcony to work with or an entire backyard where you can truly invest in your landscape gardening plan, we really believe that.
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