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Things You Need to Know About Growing Your Garden, According to Hindy Weber

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Photography: (L to R) Shutterstock, Domesticity

It can be a bit daunting to get into gardening, especially if you’ve had your first few plants die on you. But like with every new skill, practice makes perfect. Better yet, add "research" and "listening to experienced plant parents" to the list as well.

In case you need a bit of a positive push, biodynamic farmer and woman behind Holy Carabao Hindy Weber shares a few tips to get you on the right path to plantita- or plantito-hood:

Take it slow

Start with plants that are easy to care for, and avoid going for the next expensive and popular thing on the internet. Local plants are often great for beginners, especially if you’re planning to start an edible garden. Seeds are always available in grocery stores, but if you want to make things easier for you find a supplier who can get you seedlings. And speaking of which…

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Find an ethical go-to supplier

“Befriend a farmer who has good soil and compost,” Hindy tells Domesticity. Moreover, find an ethical gardening supplier, not someone who gets rare plants through questionable means. We’ve written about plant poaching and how this harms our forests, so before you purchase a pot of greens, make sure you know exactly where it came from.

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Go with the right tools

You don’t need to start with a complete set of everything, but the first items you pick should be the ones right for the job. Domesticity, which employs Gawad Kalinga Village beneficiaries in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, has recently collaborated with Hindy for a line of gardening tools accessories that can help you out. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

The Henrietta Culinary Herb Planters With Tray

P995, available online


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The Kitma Garden Planter Box

From P1,995, available online



The Melanie Olive and Leather Garden Apron

P1,995, available online


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The Mollison Indoor Garden Watering Can

P850, available online


 

Be kind to yourself

No matter what you do, gardening can be hit-or-miss. There are things you won’t be able to control, no matter how much you research or put in the effort. Keep on learning! The journey itself will give you satisfaction.

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