Everyone has the best intentions when it comes to their yard. We want it to look neat and festive, be a fun place to hang out, and all-around make it an enjoyable addition to the home. Here are my two cents of advice to any aspiring beginner gardener.
Going Too Big
Is it right to always be ambitious? Is it right to start driving the car without first learning how to drive? That is what I tell anyone when is requested to go above and beyond the baby steps of gardening. I advise not to start off with their grand ideas before they pass the tiny container maintenance test. So many times I have seen beginner gardeners go big, grow huge amounts of plants and then get discouraged by many affecting variables, seasons, weather and diseases. During the initial consultation, it’s noticeable and contagious how excited they get. Inquiring fellow gardeners say my enthusiasm is inspiring and they ask for mega-production of everything possible. Honestly, I say no. Until they prove themselves that they can water and take care of an assigned tiny space first, I will not move on. Sure other companies would make a lot of money, but it is just not ethical in my mind to give people a large project and then see them fail. Its too disappointing and I feel especially sad for poor plants! They are treated as babies in my heart and if the living intelligent beings become too much to stay on top of, for a beginner gardener, then there is going to be no progress.
2. Beginners Apathy
After all the enthusiasm and expectation settles in and new gardeners see the project through and have their new plantings settled, indifference happens. All is done, hard-working efforts are completed and there is not much else to do, but watch the plantings grow, right? With experience, I notice that some people are treating their gardening projects almost as a new shopping spree. Its sure is new and exciting and creates a lot of expectation and fun anticipation. However, once plants are in, some move on to other endeavors and leave the plants be. Daily check on them as a maintenance plan is a must. Not everyone does that. Moreover, they pass on the buck to their family members who sure don’t care and forget to even water the plants. Breaking the gardening goals in smaller pieces, setting a daily schedule to check on the garden and perhaps even writing it in your daily tasks to do would help your garden flourish. I tend to sent texts to aspiring gardeners as a reminder to do so.
3. Wild Creatures
Yes, the wildlife is clever, fast and knows how to survive. Animals absolutely will get into your garden and will take or eat your harvest, plants, seeds, leaves or flowers if you don’t pre-plan your garden’s protection. I strongly recommend installing the fence, I found a good visual example in www.bennersgardens.com. It will serve as a huge deterrent to most animals. I do not see and have not experienced since installing a fence 12 years ago, any critters coming or climbing into my edible garden at all. It serves as a restraint and a blockage of wild life’s roaming tendencies and thus, they turn to easier food sources. Needless to say, the prevalence of ticks and their devastating health effects are minimized as well.
It’s not easy always having a yard that looks and function exactly as we’d like, and indeed, sometimes matters are out of our hands. But at the very least, by taking baby steps and proper consideration of what is to come, will make the garden flourish and be the best that it can be, while you are still enthused and feel united with nature.
Have a very green day everyone.
Until next time, dear friends.