For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   Feb 19

Your Questions About Gardening

William asks…

Gardening tips for 15 year old?

I want to become a part time gardener for people down my road just to earn a bit of money. I cut my back and front garden lawn every week and my lawn is 25 meters sq. I know how to pull out weeds nd all that but I need to know more. Anyone got any tips?

GardenersCardiff answers:

You are gonna love gardening, don’t try to do it all in one year. Get to know where the sun shines the most, and where the shaded areas are. Because you will need flowers for the sun areas, and flowers for the shaded areas.

Since you are a beginner, this year start your garden with plants that you get from a garden center or nursery. They are called bedding plants and come in a six pack. Look for a little tag sticking in the six pact showing directions on how to grow the plants. If the tag is not there, ask for one or buy something else. Directions are VERY important.

Seeds are not always easy to grow. And wildflowers are the hardest so don’t be disappointed if they don’t show up.

Two good things to do for yourself is to call your local County Extension Service and ask for all the information that they have about gardening in your area. They usually have a packet/kit of things for the home gardener.

And number two would be to pick up a couple of beginner books. You really do need to know about soil, compost, mulch and etc.

To keep from over watering or not watering enough, buy a water analyzer from a nursery or garden center. Be sure to read the directions. This will be one of your best tools.

Send for some free gardening catalogs and get use to the different types of plants, colors, and when to plant. They are filled with good informtion and pictures. And they will keep you company during the long winter months. Here is a list of just a very few. There are hundreds more: (Roses)

Other catalogs: (all types of animal control)

Container/pots/window boxes needs:

All need holes in the bottem for water drainage,
Potting soil that comes in bags,
Slow release fertilizer for flowers (not for green plants), OR liquid fertilizer that will need to be used more often-read directions,
Water crystals to be mixed into the soil for holding water,
Bedding plants or full grown plants.

Here is an excellent link to check out for color combinations and plants that look good together:

Richard asks…

What are your gardening tips for new gardeners?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Know basics before you start

Only plant what you can use and love to eat, No more.

Start with a few of each vegetable to see inherent problems.

Have basic insecticides and fertilizers before you start.

Patronize ONE garden center. NOT HOME DEPOT OR LOWE’S. You’ll get more help if you’re a regular customer.

Shop at local garden centers, not the Big Box stores. Support your neighbors, not the corporate office.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Stick a perennial in, too. Like rhubarb, horseradish, asparagus, etc. If you like them More rewarding, ‘cuz they come back next year without doing a thing.

Laura asks…

As a legitimate gardener would take gardening tips from someone who only grew marijuana?

GardenersCardiff answers:

I would only take gardening tips from someone who only grew marijuana if they shared the goods first :) . They probably really know their stuff since that is their cash crop. Anytime money is involved people usually know what is going on. And if they don’t know help you – at least you got a good buzz out of the conversation.

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