Sooner or later, someone like you will become drawn to one of the world’s oldest hobbies – gardening. However, you may be put off by the thought of spending too much just to get started, or you may not know where to find the right information on plant care. You may also be hesitant about the possibility of hiring a professional landscape architect or gardener just to design a working garden.
The good news is that you can start a garden without spending a lot. Gardening is a very fulfilling hobby that will last you a lifetime. There will always be that temptation to spend more but if you are careful enough, you can create a garden that is not only budget-friendly but also beautiful and healthy.
So much information has been published about starting and caring for a garden and a lot of it is free. In fact, you really do not have to pay to learn how to grow and care for plants considering the kind of free information you can access. Instead of spending that money to pay for lessons, why not spend it instead on what you really need – seeds, flowers and plants for your new garden.
Where to Find Ideas for Your Garden
One of the key steps you need to do is to focus your search. Too much information can be overwhelming and you will find general information too vague and unhelpful. What you should do is to specify your search.
Let’s say you want to start a window box garden. Instead of searching for information about gardens, make the search specific to window box gardens. Once you have access to general information about this subject, narrow it down further. For example, you might want to search for information on how to train flowers in a box to grow a certain direction, or how to provide sunshine for plants that prefer full sun exposure, or how to use reflective light to your advantage.
If you already have a backyard garden but want to redesign it, why not try a themed garden project? Choose from a wide variety of styles such as a Japanese Zen garden or an English garden. If you like a focal point of interest, why not try gardens that incorporate water features? If you have kids you want to introduce gardening to, try looking for information about kid-friendly gardens. If you love to customize everything, try tips on how to shape shrubs and trees by pruning and cutting.
Gardening for Your Zone
If you live in a cold climate and want to grow plants successfully, look for information about which plants thrive in your particular area or zone. Poppies, heather, with hazel and ivy, for example, grow well in low temperatures. All you have to do is to find out which species work well where you live. Of course, you may find that growing certain plants may be a challenge or just downright impossible, but you do have a great variety of appropriate plants to choose from.
Getting Kids Involved
Experienced gardeners make the best mentors to children. Kids like to explore and learn new things and what better way to teach them appreciation for the goodness of the planet they live in than to teach them about the magic of gardening?
If you have gained enough experience and skills as a gardener, consider passing on your interest to kids. Learn which plants are easy and hardy enough for children to grow so they can do hands-on planting with you. Kids will love the thought of watching a plant grow knowing that they helped make it possible. Just make sure the plants are safe for kids to handle.
Get Into the Network.
Gardeners attract fellow gardeners and they give some of the best and most useful advice. Why not join an online chat room or forum for gardeners and swap information? If you are a newbie gardener, many old pros are more than happy to help you out by giving you tips, strategies and techniques that will improve your gardening skills.
Your local nursery staff and friendly neighborhood gardener can be a treasure trove of information about how to care for plants. If you cannot find information you need online or prefer to see a demonstration in person, head to your local plant nursery or garden center. Many of them are managed by professionals who can give you the right kind of advice for your unique situation.