Not everyone has a green thumb, but everyone can learn to be a good gardener. You should understand some basics about gardening in order to expand your skill set. With a little knowledge, you’ll have the art of gardening down in no time!

Know Your Soil

Take a good look at your soil. How good your garden is has a lot to do with the soil. For soil to be healthy it needs plenty of water, air, and nutrients. You can test your soil with a kit that will give you some good analysis of how your soil is doing. 

To improve your soil, you can do a few things including adding organic materials like compost, old leaves, or peat moss. These can help to improve the health of any kind of soil.

Know The Types Of Soil

  • Clay
  • Sand
  • Silt
  • Succulent mix
  • Premium mix
  • All purpose mix

Prep The Garden

Prepping the garden is one of the most important things that you’ll do. You shouldn’t work with soil when it’s wet, only when it’s damp or dry. 

Always plan your garden first before you plant. Know the size and the number of plants that you need. Match the plants based on the growing conditions that they will need. It’s especially important to consider the amount of sun and shade that’s needed for each plant.

When you start shopping for plants, make sure that you pick plants that have buds and aren’t already flowering. You should also check the roots of the plants that your buying for smoothness and moistness. This will help your garden to be more lush and full. Always buy plants that will thrive in the climate you live in. You can find guides online or talk to experts at your local nursery.

Know Your Plant Types

If you know the types of plants that exist, you’ll know what types of plants are best suited for your garden. 

Annuals

These plants live for one growing season. They are either flowering or foliage only. 

Perennials

These bring shape, colors, textures, and wonderful scents to your garden year after year.

Bulbs

These can be planted in the colder months in order to bloom in the spring. 

Climbers and Vines


These types of plants grow vertically and either have foliage or flowers. They can be either annual or perennial.

Shrubs

Flowering or evergreen type shrubs make great accents or hedges to be used for privacy.

The most important thing to remember about gardening is that every plant needs to be properly watered and nourished in order to grow. Continue to fertilize and care for the soil throughout the life of your plants to help them thrive. It’s easy to turn your thumb green once you have the right knowledge!

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