Gardening is not as complex as the word makes it sound. You can actually do it. In fact, you have all the necessary skills and resources to start over at this point. While some people believe gardening involves specific skills bestowed to specific people, it is not. You can choose to do it as a hobby (to pass time) or a full time activity, a profession. It does not require a large backyard for you to practice gardening. That small backyard or space in the balcony is enough for gardening. Do not limit yourself.
Nevertheless, you have to be passionate and fall in love with the whole idea. It is not a stroll in the park. Yes, there are challenges. But just like any other endeavor, be it body exercise, studies, or guitar lessons you have to be committed to realize desired results as a gardener. Are you tired of going to the grocery and missing stock? Here are some crucial techniques that you must adhere and you will be on your way to successful gardening in your home.
We tend to go all in when we are starting anything new. This is usually a recipe for disappointment. While you should be passionate and psyched up before engaging in anything, set your expectations low. Appreciate the fact that you have something in place, however small it is. If you are starting to workout, for instance, do not go on a shopping spree and buy new shoes, workout clothes, gym membership, and even latest activity tracker. Take time and be sure how this fits into your daily schedule. Some days you will have to drive your children to church, or their football practice. Your boss may hold you until its dark. Failing to attend the gym in your new shoes and clothes will surely disappoint you; besides, the money you’ve spent on shopping the exercise equipment.
In the same way, don’t dig up your entire backyard. Start with a small portion and raise a seed bed. Give it all your best; any appropriate creativity. Later, you can expand the seed bed to two or three. Beginnings should progressive. Don’t set high expectations and avoid disappointments.
Plant What You Love
Be realistic with yourself and members of the family. Identify favorite vegetables for the family and check whether the climate in your region is suitable and grow that. Don’t go for anything in the market because it grows fast, or is easy to cultivate, or a friend shared it online. The broccoli might blossom and surpass your expectations. But this is not the ultimate happiness in gardening. You will want to see it on the table, as the family enjoys. What happens if your children don’t like broccoli? Disappointment, unhappiness! Plant what you love.
Commit to 15 minutes a day
The more time you commit to anything new, the more you reap and learn the skill. Gardening is not any different. Make time for it. Get to enjoy what you are doing and results will surely follow. Commit yourself to work on the garden every day, say 15 minutes. Make sure it is consistent so that it becomes a habit in your mind and the body get used to the same. This 15 minutes should be non-negotiable.
It should not be a challenge. In fact, it is a chance for you to get out and enjoy the cool breeze in your backyard. Other than guessing in the sky with coffee in your hand, bend and work on your garden. It is also a way of exercising your muscles.
The first thing you think of in a garden is usually vegetables. Don’t be blinded. There are a whole lot of other options for you. Growing annual vegetables like tomatoes require consistent and much maintenance; why not think outside the box? There are plants that once they are in the ground, they recur their fruit bearing process year after year. Some of these plants are strawberries, berry bushes, and asparagus. Truth be told, we don’t want plants that require much of our time. These perennials are the most suitable, go for them!
Farm Out The Work
When starting out, you have two options; either sowing seeds and waiting till they sprout and continue with the thinning process or acquiring relevant equipment that can help you grow seedlings in an ideal environment. Both of these options have their benefits and challenges, you have to choose wisely. Sowing seeds gives you experience and sense of pride in gardening but there are huge risks involved considering you are new in the field. On the other hand, acquiring equipment denies you the chance of learning the details of growth and development in plants, the conditions and timing.
It is advisable to buy seedlings from an expert running a store or an established farm considering you are inexperienced in sowing and thinning. Disappointments can be discouraging when starting, avoid them.
Resist The ‘brown thumb’ Effect
The secret to becoming an expert is practicing. If you fail at one point, don’t throw in the towel. Persist, change the tactics, consult and learn something new. On the other hand, don’t assume you have a farming background from the family and you know gardening, you will be surprised. Gardening is not genetic!