So many people have told me that people who are gardeners always stay in such beautiful places, I reply with one simple sentence “It is because they make it beautiful”.
So where to begin right? We believe everyone should experience a beautiful garden. Take a look below we have a few guides for all types of gardeners, from your beginners to your more advanced gardeners.
Beginners guide to starting your own garden:
What you will need?
- Gardening gloves. Ladies, we all know that feeling of bugs on our hands. Gardening gloves will protect us from that feeling
- Watering can
- Roundhead shovel
- A rake
- Potting Soil
- Seeds or plants, your choice.
Not too sure where to get your gardening tools from? Check it out here!
Easy steps to get your garden started:
Get all of your tools and supplies together, these are listed above incase you forgot.
Where do you want your garden? This all depends on the type of garden you want? “HOLD UP movethisStuff, you get different types of gardens?”
Yes you do and we will break this down for you.
- Container Garden: You can choose from a variety of containers. Head out to you nearest nursery and choose one you love! Something you need to make sure of is that the pot has drainage. With a container garden you can use both store bought plants or kicked things up a bit and plant seeds.Deep-rooted plants such as carrots require a pot thats depth is between 10-11 inches. Plants that are ideal for this type of garden is: lettuce, spinach, onions, green beans, garlic, carrots, radish, peppers, herbs, squash and tomatoes. You have a wide variety.
- Traditional Garden: This is an in-ground type of garden. It allows for you to grow so many different types of plants, you are not limited. If you decide to choose this garden, choose an area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
- Raised-bed garden: The things you will need to create this is cinder blocks, untreated wood and bricks. This garden has benefits of better control over the soil, easier access and you can manage weeds easily.
Prepare your soil. Make sure that the soil you get is quality. You will know this if air circulates through it nicely, it doesn’t consist of stones and it is rich in organic matter.
Choose the plants that you want. This obviously goes by what was discussed in step 2 with the type of garden that you want.
Time to plant!
Plants that love the sun:
Plants that are less dependent on sun:
- Leafy veggies
For the plants that need less sun you can plant them during spring or late summer and for those sun loving plants, plant them during summer.
Intermediary guide for your more advanced gardeners
What you will need?
- A rake
- A hoe
Find your supplies here
Easy steps to creating your Organic Garden
Once you have got all your supplies you need to prepare the bed. When doing a raised bed remember that you are able to create it into any shape that you desire. It is a great opportunity to get your creativity flowing. You can border the bed with brick, stone or wood, it is up to you. Make sure that it is at least 16 inches high to make sure that your garden has protected roots. Fill the bed with compost so you can begin!
Choosing the seeds and planting them. You must remember to take your plant’s need into consideration when choosing what to plant. Here is a link that shares information on what to plant when.
What is the point of going through all this effort to have your plants die? This is why care and upkeep is crucial! Water you garden in the morning because this can increase the amount of water that you plants retain. It also helps to prevent mold from growing on your plants. Make sure that you always keep an eye out on the pests, don’t let them over run you plants. We suggest checking between 2 to 3 times a week. Having a bug spray may help, check it out!
Enjoy your very own Organic Garden!
Advanced guide for those more skilled in the garden
For the more advanced gardeners here is how to make your very own pot.
What you will need?
- Plastic containers, these are used as moulds. One is used for the outside and then a smaller one is used for the inside. Your outer container must be 1cm larger than the inside one.
- Building Sand
- An old bucket and spoon
- Coarse sandpaper
- Measuring jug
- Craft knife
- Rubber gloves and a dust mask
You should be able to get the above from your nearest Builders Warehouse.
Easy steps to make that pot!
- Make sure that the containers are clean. So give it a good wash if need and men, don’t hand it over to the ladies you can wash as well. Once washed you can set them aside for now, we will use them a bit later.
- Time to get suited up! Put those rubber gloves and dust masks on. Remember to keep them on for the entire planting and mixing process.
- Now let’s get going with the mixing! Mix two parts building sand with one part cement into your bucket. Mix with a spoon, preferably a metal one because a plastic spoon won’t get the job done without breaking on you. Just some quick advice: If you are feeling motivated and are going to make a few pots we recommend using two litres of building sand and one litre of cement.
- Add one part water in intervals while stirring.
- Pour the cement into the bigger container you set aside until it is about three quarters full.
- Now place the smaller container into the centre of the bigger container. Leave 1cm space between the two containers at the bottom.
- To allow for the inner container to stay in place, place some stones in the inner container. Let it stand for about 3-4 hours. Go and catch up on some series in the meantime.
- Once it is hard remove the stones and place the pot while still in the moulds in a bucket of water to allow for the cement to strengthen.
- Remove them from the water and use your craft knife to cut the inner corner to allow for you to get it out.
- From where you made the cut use your pliers to pull the mould away from the pot.
- Use coarse sandpaper to level the rim of the pot.
- Drill a hole in the center of the pot to allow for drainage. If you skip this VERY important step your plants wont flourish because they will be soaked up with water.
There you have it, now you have your very own pot.
Also some advice:
- Try to build a gardeners portfolio, this will help you keep tabs on your garden. In this put plant tags and sticks for every season and add on it when you feel ready.
- Next thing is to create a non stick shovel. By doing this I recommended spraying a thick coat of Teflon lubricant on the shovel.
- The next thing is to lighten those heavy pots because we all know how difficult it is to move those pots around when you want to redecorate. In order to lighten those heavy pots is to fill one third of the pot with foam packing peanuts and then place a landscaping fabric on top of that and then lastly put your potting soil.
- LOCK DOWN those aggressive plants from taking over your garden! Plant those aggressive plants in a plastic container.
Tips & Advice in the Garden
Sowing seeds indoors. By sowing seeds indoors, it allows for those tender plants to have the opportunity to grow sooner in the season. Once these seeds develop and flourish into a plant, you can move them outdoors when the weather becomes more summery.
Suitable seeds to sew indoors. Some seeds do better growing indoors because they need a longer growing season in order to bulk up for the outdoors. Some of these seeds include: Tomatoes, runner-beans, celeriac, cannas and begonias.
When sowing the seeds here is some advice.
- Container: Small seeds are planted in a shallow seed tray and then transplanted into bigger bots while still at the seedling stage. Slightly bigger seeds can be into bigger pots while still at the seedling stage. Slightly smaller seeds can be planted into modular plug trays to limit the transplant shock. The large seeds can be planted apart into 9 cm diameter pots.
- The compost : Use a proprietary soil-based or soil-less seed compost because they don’t contain nutrients that could overpower and damage the seedlings.
- Sowing : Check the special instructions on the packet of seeds that you by and be sure to follow it to allow for the seedling to flourish to its best potential.Scatter small seeds over the surface of the compost. Once you have done that sift a thin layer of compost over to cover the seeds. Press larger seeds individually into the compost leaving a space of 1 inch between each seed.
- Use plastic forks to keep the pets from destroying your garden.
- To improve drainage and make moving pots easier, fill the bottom of your pot with foam peanuts. These can be bought at: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Packing-Peanuts/109734/bn_7683992/i.html
- To encourage those beautiful and healthy leaves from growing, pinch the tips of your herbs.
- Make a mini greenhouse by using a mini cold drink bottle.
- Do your plants need a calcium boost? Grind your eggshells into powder and then sprinkle it over your plants
- HOLD UP! Don’t throw that vegetable cooking water away. The nutrients in that water is what your plants will thrive on. Kill two birds with one stone, save water and have your plants thrive!
- Eggshells come in handy once again! Give your garden a head start by planting your seeds early in eggshells. It is cheap, gives your plants an extra boost and it looks cute!
- Your garden can be your most beautiful creation, don’t hold back. Let the world see what you can do!
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo,