Becoming a Gardner

It’s easy to appreciate a beautiful garden. Beautiful flowers in an array of colors draw your eye, and you can’t help but enjoy it. However, it may be overwhelming to think about learning to garden if you have never tried. But don’t fret, if you start out small and give yourself a chance, you might find you really enjoy it. There is something very special about getting your hands in the dirt and watching something you have planted grow. Have you ever thought you might like to try your hand at gardening? If so, these tips are for you.

Decide Where Your Interest Lies

There really are a lot of things you can choose from. Are you more interested in flowers or vegetables? You might find you want to make your yard more colorful or grow some herbs to use in your kitchen. It really makes sense to narrow it down before you dive in. You will keep yourself from getting overwhelmed by deciding what you will enjoy the most and focusing on that.

Talk To Your Neighbors

We all have neighbors that have beautiful yards and gardens. Now is the time to get to know them and ask them for some advice. Most people who enjoy gardening also enjoy sharing their knowledge, especially if it means making the neighborhood more beautiful. Look around your neighborhood and see what you like, then talk to those neighbors and ask them about their gardens. Chances are they will have some helpful information and guidance. If you are really lucky, they might share clippings of their plants with you and may even be will lend a helping hand.

Do Some Research

When it comes to gardening, there is so much to learn. You can look online for information related to the types of plants that will grow best in our area and how much shade or sun they might need. You can look for resources about what things grow well together or how to design your flower bed or garden. Be careful with this though – you don’t want to get overwhelmed. Researching general topics to help you determine what you might like to do and researching specific needs for a specific project are more productive and will keep you on track.

Pick a Project

Once you are ready to get started, it’s time to pick your first project. Take into consideration all the things you have learned from your research and from talking to others when you make this decision. It is recommended that you start with something small. Redesigning your whole front yard might be more than you want to take on at first. But everyone is different, so just make sure you decide on something that will be fun and bring you joy. Here are a few ideas that you might enjoy for your first gardening project.

●    Redo an existing flower bed

●   Window boxes with flowers

●    Plant flowers around your mailbox

●    An herb garden

●    A raised bed vegetable garden

Check Out Our Local Gardening Stores

Once you have picked your project, make a list of everything you need and head out to a local gardening store. We have some great local shops and greenhouses around Forsyth County. The staff at these places are knowledgeable and helpful for anyone just getting started. They can help guide you on planting choices and will help make sure you have everything you need to make your garden grow. It’s also a great opportunity to support local business.

Take Time to Enjoy the Experience

Set aside an afternoon or weekend to work on your project. Give yourself grace as you get started and know you might make a few mistakes along the way. Just remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.

When you decide to become a gardener, the possibilities are endless. It is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to learn about something new and also enjoy a new hobby that will be very rewarding.


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