Every aspiring gardener would have dozens of unanswered questions. As time passes, one would have hundreds of questions. The first questions are more generic and contextually broader. The questions later on get specific, at times very specific. In here we shall discuss the five most common questions pertaining to gardening and we will attempt to answer them.
Go by the book or experiment?
There is no dearth of books out there. The internet is a great source for information on gardening. You can check out visual illustrations or guides and videos. Alternatively, you can opt for experiments. Both approaches work, as long as you are sure of what you are doing and eventually it is the results that matter. There are people who have never used the internet and have never read books on gardening but have created amazing bonsais. Some people learn to understand plants, soil, weather, fertilizers and they come up with their own strategy. Go by the book or experiment depending on your choice, the skills you have now and your temperament.
What is the best design?
This is a really tricky question because there can be hundreds of possible layouts. To keep it simple, think of using as much space as you need. If you don’t have the luxury of space, design a hanging garden or build up racks and crates vertically to have planters. Try to have a centerpiece of a highlight in a garden and design around or atop it. Don’t go for complex layouts.
What weeds, plants, flowers and vegetables should you grow?
This depends entirely on where you live, what type of weather you experience through the year and the type of soil you have in your garden. Get the soil tested and accordingly choose the plants or trees. Try to combine complementing flowers and vegetables. Ideally, you should check out the grouping strategies that have proven to be effective.
How to care for your garden?
The most pertinent question regarding caring and maintenance is how often you should water your garden. There is no straight answer and having a routine is not the right strategy. Millions of people water according to a schedule. The soil is not using water according to your schedule and nature doesn’t have a routine. Temperatures soar and dip all the time, there is more moisture one day and its drier the next day. Check the soil and water only if it is dry.
Should you use pesticides and insecticides?
Don’t if you are growing anything that will be consumed. Don’t if you have kids playing in the garden. Unless you have a massive pest infestation, don’t use chemicals. A few pests or insects here and there cannot harm your garden or you.