Some people are lucky to be born with a green thumb. They can take any half-dead plant and resuscitate it back to life. A lot of the time, the plant ends up looking better than anyone thought was possible! Other people aren’t quite as lucky. There are a few of us who struggle to keep even the most low-maintenance plants alive.
Those are the types of people who drown an orchid and fail to give cactuses enough water. When these people attempt to grow a garden it ends up looking more like no-man’s-land. If you think you might need a little help in the gardening department, check out these tips to help get your garden to flourish!
- Research your climate before buying any plants or seeds
It might be easy to think of your region as either “hot” or “cold,” but there are a bunch of other factors that play a role in determining what plants are the best for where you live. Humidity, wind, sun, and natural predators all need to be accounted for when shopping for greenery. In addition to looking this info up online, a local nursery or home and garden store can help you figure out exactly what you need.
- Be honest about your time commitment
Don’t be overly ambitious about how much time you’ll be able to spend tending to your garden. Some plants require much more effort while others are less high-maintenance. There’s nothing wrong with not having being able to give a lot of time or effort to a garden. In fact, a quick search online shows that there are a ton of low-maintenance plants that might be a better fit for your lifestyle.
- Be aware of the chemicals you’re using
Don’t be fooled by flashy labels on your fertilizer and herbicide! A lot of these contain chemicals that are dangerous to humans upon exposure. For example, the most common herbicide in the United States is Roundup. Roundup contains glyphosate, a carcinogen that has been linked to various cancers such as leukemia and myeloma.
Roundup cancer lawsuits have started springing up due to the emergence of research against the herbicide. If you do decide to use an herbicide, avoid Roundup at all costs. If you’ve gotten sick and you think it’s because of Roundup, get in contact with an attorney who will help point you in the right direction.
Getting sick because of a dangerous substance like glyphosate is often associated with loft medical expenses and a lot of lost wages, so be sure to fight for a settlement that can help get you the help you need.
Be patient. Trust the process, and don’t try and rush anything just because you’re not satisfied with how things look yet. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your garden needs to take its time to grow. Before calling it a day and settling for plastic plants, reflect on how much you enjoyed planting and gardening. Doing so will make the wait worth the effort.