5 Gardening tips for Beginners

Updated: Sep 9

As a beginner in gardening, there are just so many questions in our minds; many tabs open on our browsers looking for the best tips for our plants, and why not? We would walk an extra mile for those we love, won’t we? Here are some tips that you can find helpful as a gardening beginner.

1. Germinate seeds in Tissue Paper instead of soil

You should use tissue paper to germinate seeds instead of sowing them directly in the soil. It is because the soil can have pathogens that may hinder the process. Using tissue paper reduces the chances of such infections and boosts the viability rate of seeds. You can also observe your seedlings grow with the help of this method. Place some seeds in a layer of tissue paper, cover it with another layer and sprinkle some water on it. In about 3-5 days, they will start sprouting.

2. Pruning

Pruning is essentially trimming a few parts of plants to boost their growth. It’s like giving a haircut to your plants, making them look aesthetic. But that’s not all. When seedlings start shooting up the soil, it usually spreads into multiple branches- small and big. It can put stress on the plant as it has to channel its nutrients in as many twigs. Pruning helps plants control their growth. It also reduces infestations of insects and the chances of plant-related diseases.

3. Yellowing of Leaves

You might notice that some of your plant’s leaves have started turning yellow. It’s a sign that the plant needs your help. Yellowing of leaves (Chlorosis) is mostly because of underwatering or overwatering. You can resolve this problem by providing the right amount of water. You can find the balance in two ways. Firstly, check with your finger if the soil sticks to it or not. If it does, It doesn’t need watering. The other way is by waiting for the leaves to droop. The dropping of leaves is a sign that plants need water. Using this method will essentially help you find the right frequency of watering your plants.