This year was a big year of growth in the garden, no pun intended. I tried growing some new plants, added a soaker hose mid-way in the season, and learned more about proper plant care. If you followed along on my Instagram stories, thank you! I had a lot of fun sharing and the feedback I received was great! If you missed it, don’t worry, I made a highlight with all the garden content. You can find it on IG @karmencollective
I was surprised how many messages I got regarding garden content, probably the most messages about a topic ever! I am glad so many other people are into it like I am and enjoyed following along!
For anyone considering a garden of their own next year, highly recommend but, here is a quick list of tips to keep in mind for the beginner gardener!
Know Your Zone. Do you know what your zone is? You should! Before you even think about planning your garden, find out your zone so you know what to plant and when based on average temperatures. Check out this map to find your zone here!
Utilize Fertilizer. Some plants need continuous fertilizing, others only need it sparingly. Make sure to find out what your vegetables need and don’t underestimate the power of a good fertilizer!
Use a Trellis. Cucumbers need trellising and it makes a difference! This is my biggest regret of this year, I didn’t think it would matter and I was wrong. Space-wise it helps keep vining plants from spreading everywhere and health-wise keeps diseases from developing and spreading.
Plan your Space. Provide your plants with enough space! Read directions and recommendations and follow carefully. Don’t be afraid to get out a tape measure if you need it. The health and harvest of your plants depend on them being able to grow properly!
Watering Consistently. Get on a schedule! Plants thrive from consistent watering and it’s the easiest way to set your garden up for success. I suggest morning waterings before the sun is too high and if mornings aren’t an option, try evenings. Don’t water mid-day as it increases chances for sun damage to leaves.
Next year I will buy trellises, plant my tomatoes deeper, stake them stronger, and utilize more fertilizer and the soaker hose earlier on.
What are your biggest lessons from this year’s gardening season?