Many of you who have successfully grown basil (and without much effort, at that) are probably laughing at me right now. From what I hear it “grows like a weed.” If only the weeds in my yard were as “lively” as my poor basil plants, I would never have to pull another weed again.
There’s probably something you’re struggling to grow. There’s also a chance that your fear of wilting plants is keeping you from gardening entirely. But don’t let any of that stop you – give those “ungrowables” another shot or start your first garden with these basic tips.
Pay attention to the labels. Though there are plenty of low-maintenance plants that don’t require more than a pot and some water to thrive, the process of creating intricate flower beds and thriving vegetable gardens is a little more delicate. There are thousands of species of plants that all have different needs, so make sure to note the specific variety of your plants to ensure proper care.
Embrace containers. Container gardens are perfect for small spaces, but even if you have acres of land there is still something magical about the convenience and ease of growing plants in containers. If you’re taking up gardening for the first time, a container garden is a great option that will give you more control.
Don’t plant more than you can handle. Remember that garden maintenance takes time, and if you have more plants than you can upkeep you are actually doing your garden a disservice.
This is especially true if you are planting vegetables. You need to pick the fruits and veggies routinely to keep the plants producing throughout the season. If you have more plants than your family (and friends, neighbors coworkers…) can consume, they may produce less than they would if you had fewer plants. For example, two tomato plants will usually keep one tomato-eater in your household happy.
Don’t be afraid of deadheading. Deadheading is simply removing dead or withering flowers to increase flower production. Deadheading keeps many annuals and perennials blooming for a longer season, so if you notice one of your flowers has wilted use your fingers to pinch off the old bloom. A new one will eventually grow in its place. Get more deadheading tips and see which plants to leave alone >>
Try companion planting. Some plants just grow better together. Companion planting involves arranging your plants in a way that they utilize energy more efficiently, leading to healthier plants. Certain arrangements can also help repel pests.
I picked up another basil plant and am giving it another try. Come on, be honest: what can’t you grow?