12 Space Efficient Gardening Tips for Beginners

Being a beginning gardener is one thing.  Being a beginning gardener with very little space to work with can pose a real challenge.  Learning all you need to know about gardening and how to fit it into a small space doesn’t have to be difficult.  Below are 12 space efficient gardening tips for beginners that will have you feeling like an experienced gardener in no time. Let these tips help you get started.

5543062417_205309e1cf1.)Research plants to know what will work in the area that you live in – Not every plant at the store may thrive in the area you live in. This is especially true if you live far away from the store or nursery where you buy your plants. Research information about what plants will grow in the area you live in before you make a final decision on the plants.

2.) Focus on finding plants that won’t grow overly large When doing research, focus on finding plants that won’t grow overly large.  An overly large plant may make your small garden look out of scale.  Smaller plants are better for smaller gardens.

3.) Be sure that the soil in the small space is good for planting If you don’t have healthy soil, it may be difficult getting things to grow in your garden.  You may have to purchase a few bags of soil to help you plants thrive.

4.) Remember that over time, the plants will get larger Be sure to read the planting instructions that will come with the plants.  Keep in mind the planting distance for the different variety of plants that you choose.  Over time, the plants will fill in the empty spaces between them.

5.) Add a touch of beauty with a great border – With a small garden, you can probably afford to spend the money to get really a really nice border for the garden.  Flag stone will add a nice touch to your garden.

6.) The smaller the garden, the less water you will need Once you have the garden planted, realize that you don’t have to use as much water to keep it alive.  Over watering is often a problem with smaller gardens.  Use a timed water system for the best results.

7.) Know when to fertilize the plants Fertilizing plants is also important in keeping a healthy, space efficient garden.  Be sure to read the recommendations that come with your plants when you buy them so that you know when to fertilize the plants.  Be careful not to over fertilize your plants as this will actually do your garden more harm than good.

8.) Keep the small space clean from debris and grasses that may hinder growingIt you want your garden to look good all year round, you must keep it from debris and grasses and that make it look messy.  Grasses can quickly take over your garden if you don’t immediately get it under control.

9.) Have the right tools for the small space – If you are gardening in an extremely small space, you may to smaller tools to help get the job done.  Make sure you aren’t using tools that are too large and serve only to make gardening harder on you.

10.) Mulching is important to protect plants in extreme climates No garden is complete without mulch.  With many different colors and textures to choose from, you are sure to find  mulch that will look good in your garden.  Mulch also gives your garden a polished, professional look.

11.) Clip dead areas of the plants away – Some plants will need to be pruned. Rose bushes are one example.  Set time aside each year to spend pruning the plants in your space efficient garden.

12.) Visit a local nursery for advice on planning in tight spaces – If you just don’t know where to begin, seek the help of professional.  Nursery workers are trained to give you advice on planting. Best of all, this advice is often free if you are willing to buy your plants there.

Use the tips above to help you get started planning in small spaces. These 12 space efficient gardening tip for beginners will help you to be on your way to the perfect garden.

This post was written by Sarah from 1001 Sundials an online store to buy decorative garden sundials and pedestal bases.

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