You wear proper clothes when you do some do-it-yourself painting, you wear the right clothes when you scrub your bathroom floor – when it comes to gardening, you also need to wear the right clothes.
If you wear proper gardening attire, you give yourself added protection and you also make yourself feel comfortable enough to move around freely while tending your garden.
A pair of gardening gloves is a must-have for every gardener. Keep in mind that gardening involves cutting, being exposed to thorny stems, soil, and water. Gloves can help you safely trim and cut bushes and branches and can help protect your hands from water and soil (if you don’t want to hold it with your bare hands). There are so many gardening gloves to choose from – cut resistant, leather, insulated, made from goatskin – choose whatever you are most comfortable using.
Just like gardening gloves, gardening shoes are important too. You would be working directly with earth and water – you have to choose gardening shoes that will provide you with traction as well as protection from water.
Hats can help protect your face from heat while gardening. Gardens are usually placed in areas directly exposed to the sun, and this means that working on a garden gets you exposed to the sunlight, too. While using sunscreen can help you, adding a hat for better protection is a wise move. Regular straw hats are great for gardening.
A light colored, the loose cotton shirt will be ideal for gardening because it will allow your skin to breathe. During gardening, you can expect to be soaked in sweat so you need something breathable. As for the pants, a pair of waterproof workout pants will be great because it can help you move any way you want, and is easy to wash even if they get in contact with dirt.
Being a beginner at gardening, you must prepare yourself for the possible mistakes you may commit while still learning about plants. While errors can be frustrating, you should accept that they happen and just learn from them.
Still, while errors can benefit you in some ways, it would still be better (for most of us) if we don’t have to commit mistakes while gardening. Gardening mistakes can waste your energy, your money, and of course, your time.
For beginners, here are some basic dos and don’ts in gardening you might want to keep in mind:
Do read the packaging for every seed you are planting. Reading carefully will give you a lot of information about the proper handling of each plant. Gardening takes more than simply burying a seed into the ground and watering it. Each plant is unique and may require careful handling. Almost everything you need to know about a plant or a seed is indicated on the packaging.
Do keep an eye on your garden and be mindful of weed growth. Aside from being unsightly, weeds can cause damage to your garden. They can provide shelter for pests, and some can even cause allergies to you or your family members.
Do use fertilizers to facilitate the growth of your plants.
Don’t water your plants excessively. While it might be tempting for some to water their plants too much to ensure plant growth, it is still possible for your plants to get drowned because of excessive watering.
Don’t forget to treat each plant differently. Some plants require direct sunlight while others need shade. Again, read the packaging carefully to be certain that you are not unknowingly killing your plants.
Don’t overuse herbicide on your plants. It’s understandable for some to use herbicide to get rid of unwanted weeds but use it sparingly and carefully so as not to kill off your garden plants.