A 5 Step Guideline Towards A Greener Thumb

Gardening takes time and patience and I know that it can be discouraging for many of you. You may be thinking that you will never have a green thumb, or that growing greenery isn’t in the cards for you. I want you to know that couldn’t be further from the truth. Gardening should be fun and at times relaxing, but it’s hard to enjoy something you don’t think you’re good at. With these guidelines, you too can move towards a greener future.

Assess Your Lighting

First things first, you need to examine your light. Whether you plan on planting outdoors or indoors, it is very important to understand what type of lighting you have. This will greatly boost your chances with gardening success. If you would like a background on types of lighting, you can find that info on my recent blog post here. Once you have an understanding of this, you will know what plants are best for your situation.

How Much Time Do You Have

Be honest with yourself about your time and lifestyle. Knowing how much time you have to invest on your plants upkeep can go a long way. I wouldn’t want you to choose a plant that may need more care than you’re able to give. Plants are like people, they have likes and dislikes. If you think you’re not good with plants, it’s possible that you just haven’t found the right plant for your lifestyle.

Start Small

When you’re just starting out, it’s best to work with 1 to 3 plants. It is very easy to get carried away when plant shopping, but starting small is a great way to see how much plant care you can handle. Starting small greatly increases your chance for success. Picking a few plants and mastering them will help you gain the confidence you need to expand your garden.

Research The Basics

When it comes to mastering your plants, do your research. Find out everything you can to help you understand how to best care for your plant. Look up water, lighting, and soil requirements. The more information you know on your plant, the better. You will know where to place your plant for optimum light, what kind of soil it needs, as well as how much to water it. All of these things will help set you up for success. Once you have this down, you can gain more confidence and maybe a few more plants.

Don’t Forget Patience

Last but not least, don’t forget patience. Gardening takes time and a lot of patience. Not all plants are fast growers. Plant growth takes time. Understanding plants and yourself as a gardener takes time, so take it easy on yourself. If things go seemingly wrong, just breathe. There is a ton of information out there, as well as plant enthusiasts, that are willing to help. All you need to do is ask.

I really hope that this post helps some of you. I’ve killed a lot of plants in my gardening adventures, but it only helped me discover what I’m good at growing and not growing. A little bit of information can go a long way. Before you know it, you’ll make your space into your own green oasis. Happy planting everyone!


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