This is my first year creating and tending to my very own garden. Nerves have been in high abundance as I test out just how green my thumb is (it’s still looking pretty peachy if you ask me). I’ve learned this is not an easy adventure. And my lack of patience has, once again, made the situation extra difficult. Still, is it ever worth it. I have a long way to go, but I am loving being able to see the results of my labour firsthand. I’m beginning to believe my secret garden dreams may just come true one day. And I thought I’d share some of the tips I’ve learned along the way. I’m still just an amateur, but hopefully you find something helpful in the list below:
- Just because the tag says “flowers attract butterflies,” doesn’t mean your backyard will transform into a butterfly sanctuary.
- African Violets should be watered from beneath rather than above. Avoid getting any water on the leaves. My sister told me this after it was explained to her by a woman working at a greenhouse. I wasn’t sure whether I’d ever see my African Violets bloom again and now they are stunning.
- (Dark) mulch makes everything look better.
- Water, water, water. Most importantly, water your plants when you first plant them in the ground or transfer them. But don’t over water— be especially careful with potted plants. There’s a fine line here and I’m still figuring it out.
- Lilies in bloom will make your day.
- Be persistent. Some plants can pretty much be resurrected from the dead. Just because you notice some brown, dried up leaves doesn’t mean your poor baby hydrangea’s life is over. Trim off the old, and treat with extra care. It will be all that much more rewarding when you see your beloved plant come back to life.
- Gardeners hold a special bond. It’s okay to be overly excited about your garden. Those who don’t want to hear about it just don’t understand; and those who do will be thrilled to share in your enjoyment.
- Spiders love garden soil. Keep an eye out at all times. You can never be too careful.
- Be patient. As I mentioned, I struggle with this one. But remember, a masterpiece is not built overnight and neither is your garden. It will have good days and bad days. Starting out is especially difficult—cut yourself some slack.
- Love your garden and it will love you back.
Do you have any tips to add? Share your thoughts in the comments below!