How hard is it to learn gardening?

At least in the sense that it requires constant attention and physical work. If you interviewed a group of gardeners, few (if any) would say that they work in the garden because it's easy.

How hard is it to learn gardening?

At least in the sense that it requires constant attention and physical work. If you interviewed a group of gardeners, few (if any) would say that they work in the garden because it's easy. After all, it would be much easier to let your property grow wildly. Gardening is much more difficult than people think.

It's not just a glorified fresh harvest and beautiful, tidy rows. You reap what you sow just for all the work that is needed for it. If you're new to gardening, make sure you start small with these beginner gardening tips so you don't feel overwhelmed. When winter comes, your gardening doesn't have to stop.

Try growing some plants indoors and you'll find that it's not too difficult. Learn how to keep your indoor plants happy with the right care and location. To learn more about your soil, do a soil test through your county's cooperative extension office. Learn how to start a flower garden with tips on how to analyze the soil, choose colors and plant flowers to cut.

Animal creatures that run around the garden like crazy can be difficult to handle, but fences or creative deterrents can often solve the problem. Digging when the soil is too dry is harder work and you can damage the soil structure if it's too wet. Learn how to safely and naturally treat common pests, diseases and weeds that can wreak havoc on your garden. I learned all of this many years ago when I read Ruth Stout's book, “How to Have a Green Thumb Without Back Pain”, which is now, sadly, out of print.

It's fun, but meeting the needs of seedlings may require a bit of experimentation (and research on the Internet) to find out what works best for a particular type of plant.

Marci Rosenstock
Marci Rosenstock

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