Four basic pre-planting gardening tips for beginners

As a beginner gardener, looking to experts and professionals for gardening advice is a great way to spread your roots in planting. Before you take up this hobby and plant your first plot, take a look at these general gardening tips for beginners:

Be realistic with your time
While growing an organic vegetable garden may sound like a great idea, as a beginner gardener you may not realize just how much time they take to maintain. According to The Grow Spot, gardening can be a very rewarding hobby, but also may require extra work and lifestyle changes. To help make gardening a long-lasting staple in your life, try easing into the hobby so you don't get overwhelmed. Start with a handful of flowers or vegetables your first year, and as you become more comfortable and knowledgeable, you will be able to expand your garden to grow a larger variety of plants.

Start by drawing it out
You may have a clear picture of your new garden's layout in your head, but when it comes time to plant, having a drawn-out diagram can help you ensure that it comes out as planned. Drawing it out on paper will also allow you to be more exact with spacing measurements so you don't end up with any spacing problems when it comes time to plant your last row.

Give compost a chance
According to The Daily Green, making and using compost is great for your garden. By compiling food and other natural byproducts that otherwise would have been thrown away, you can make your own compost and help keep your soil fruitful and healthy. By nature, compost is chock-full of slow-release micronutrients that can improve your soil structure and promote growth. If you don't want to make your own, store-bought compost is equally as beneficial. Try sprinkling compost on your garden a few weeks before you start planting to prime the ground for growing.

Dig a messy hole
When you're getting ready to plant, experts recommend digging a messy hole rather than a neat one. If the walls of the hole are smooth and packed-in, the plants' roots will have a harder time permeating the soil and establishing themselves in the ground. However, if the walls of the hole are rough and crumbly, the roots will be able to grab on and push through into the earth.

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