Gardening is one of those things that people think comes easy until they actually try to do it themselves and they see how difficult and tiring it can actually be. If you’ve personally never held a trowel or a hose and think that the sun does most of the work for you, then let me dissuade you of that belief right off the bat. Having a garden with healthy plants is very rewarding but still incredibly hard as the plants are very delicate and require a lot of looking after so that they can grow properly.
If you aren’t prepared to dedicate some time, attention and back pain into your garden, then it’s probably better that you give up on any ideas of developing a green thumb before you even plant your first seed in the ground. However, if you are interested in gardening but simply don’t know where to start, then there is a very easy way to fix that.
The first thing you need to do is go to a garden nursery and pick out a few different types of plants that you will start out with. While a garden nursery is known to have many kinds of plants which they grow before giving them to you in order to make your task simpler, you will still want to start out with something that is not too tricky for beginners (like vegetables since they grow quickly). Before you pick out your plants, make sure that you get a few different kinds and that they have strong roots and a good colour.
Next you will need to test the soil to make sure that the PH and nutritional values are good enough to encourage growth, and if they are – start planting. Make sure that you have a well planned out grid and know at least roughly how big each plant will grow so that you can estimate the space that it will need at least to a certain point. Always make sure to leave more space than you initially assume and also try to not have the taller plants block the sunlight from reaching the smaller ones.
And lastly, you will also need some materials to help encourage the growth of the plants. The most important is the organic fertilizer, and the higher quality and quantity you get the better. Next you might want to get some plant starter, which you will want to use in liberal amounts on your plants in the beginning right after you plant them. And finally some mulch to give them a little extra protection against the elements in any sort of weather conditions.
All that’s left is to water them, trim them and remove any weeds and make sure they get plenty of sun. Do all of that properly and you will get a thumb as green as freshly mowed grass.