Here are ideas for the first-timers, the aspiring farmers, and the flower lovers.
Having a green thumb is less about having the gift of growing and nurturing plants and more about having the patience, dedication, and commitment to care for them and learning their peculiarities. Once you realize that plants are living things that rely on your love and care for their survival, you see them in an entirely different light.
Plants not only beautify your space (or, in the case of vegetables, provide you food). They also help with your mental health — a matter that has received more attention since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The uncertainty is making more people anxious, nervous, and depressed. Plants can help alleviate these symptoms.
Any time is a good time to begin your own garden. Make sure, though, that you are ready to commit to caring for them, which is actually a good exercise on mindfulness.
If you don’t know what to get or where to begin, here are suggestions from the Scaped.com team. Happy planting!
For First-Time Gardeners
Pansy flowers are pretty but tough, and are among the “hard to kill” category of plants. They are resilient against winter temperatures and are available in 300 varieties. Do your research and find out which varieties can withstand really hot or really cold weather, so that you plant what is appropriate in your state.
According to Mental Floss, “In colder states, pansies do best in direct sunlight. If you live in a warm state like Georgia or Texas, give the flowers some shade — strategically plant them so they can spend 3 to 4 hours in the shadows per day and make sure that they get an inch of water each week.”
Sunflowers can cheer you up not just with their beauty but also with their low-maintenance care: they don’t need much fertilizing, then can thrive in any kind of soil, and they can stand the heat of the sun. In fact, they need to be planted in direct sunlight (and away from other plants so they won’t throw shade, literally).
To begin, plant sunflower seeds in one-inch holes at least 6 inches apart. Depending on the size of the sunflower species you wish to plant, you can space them as far as 24 inches away from each other. Water them well after planting.
If you aim to eventually be a backyard farmer, you can begin by planting radishes. According to Mental Floss, radish is a “cool-weather crop” that “develops spicy bulbs during the chillier months of spring and autumn.”
To begin planting radish, plant the seeds an inch apart and half an inch deep in loose, moist soil that gets sunlight. There are varieties that are ready for harvesting in 22 days while others need about 70 days before harvest. Add them to your salad and viola! You just grew your own food!
For Aspiring Farmers
Treehugger.com states that, “Broccoli is high in calcium, iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, B6 and C. In fact, one cup of raw broccoli florets provides 130 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement.” Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system.
The beauty of planting broccoli is you can grow them in containers. Plant one broccoli plant per pot, 12 to 16 inches deep. If you ever see cabbage worms, just remove them gently by hand.
Tomatoes are said to be the reason many get started with backyard farming because they are easy to grow. There is also that amazing feeling when you harvest tomatoes you nurtured and then have them for food, allowing them to nurture you in return. Tomatoes are known to have the antioxidant lycopene.
Tomatoes can also be grown in containers, but you need to know what variety you are planting. We suggest starting with the smaller varieties, like the cherry tomatoes, so they don’t rot and be left uneaten and go to waste.
3. Leafy greens
These are the ones that provide the fiber that help clean up your system: kale, collards, spinach, turnip, or dandelion greens. According to Treehugger.com, they also “contain high amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B6 and C.”
Ideally, grow a green leafy plant in a 10-inch-deep pot, with one plant per pot. But if you plant the smaller ones, they need to be at least 4 inches apart and harvested while small. If you have the space, study how these leafy greens can be incorporated into your landscape design. Begin here.
For Flower Lovers
What is more romantic than having roses in your very own garden? It doesn’t matter how big or small your space is — roses will add a touch of romance and fairy-tale charm.
According to House Beautiful, there are varieties of roses that have been bred to be long-blooming and resistant to diseases. They also suggest starting with a shrub or a landscape rose as they require almost zero care. Varieties to try are the Oso Easy Pink Cupcake and Coral Drift.
2. Climbing Vine
If you want your garden or home to have that rustic, romantic appeal, plant a climbing vine and allow it to crawl up and add a pop of color with its beautiful purple flowers. Flowering vines also attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds which, in turn, will add to the beauty of your landscape even more.
House Beautiful suggests that you try the following climbing vines: cardinal climber, clematis, passion flower, honeysuckle, and false hydrangea (Sweet Summer Love Clematis, Rose Sensation False Hydrangea).
3. Fragrant plants
Nothing is more beautiful than a landscape of greens and flowers that also smells sweet and fresh. This would be good for all your senses, and will make you enjoy working in your garden even more.
Options for fragrant plants are endless. Whether you are in the US or Canada, you’ll find the right fragrant plants or flowers for your garden. If you don’t know where to begin, House Beautiful suggests dianthus, peonies, lavender, lilac, crabapple, and Koreanspice viburnum.
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