Array
Tips and Guides

4 Gardening Tips for Beginners

Make gardening a fun pastime with these helpful reminders

Shares
Photography: Mark Francis Jesalva

If you've recently decided to take up gardening as a hobby, where and how do you start? Joanne Bohol of Black Thumb MNL shares these must-dos:

Don't be afraid to ask questions

Since you’re a first-time gardener, dont be to shy to ask questions. Joanne suggests visiting plant shops or garden shop to ask about materials that beginners should have. “Don’t be afraid to ask the store attendants about the recommended use of potting soil or plants. They are always eager to help,” Joanne shares.

RL Tip: “My favorite potting soil is the buhaghag mix because it’s great for beginners,” she suggests.

Start with something small

Gardening involves giving your plants tender loving care. Start with a small patch of land or a few potted plants first. “A good way to start your hobby is to start with plants that are easy to maintain like kitchen herbs,” says Joanne.

RL Tip: Peppermint, basil or lemon mint are just a couple of herbs that you can work with.

Opt for pretty containers

You can basically use anything that makes you happy! Don’t be limited to pots or plastic containers. According to Joanne, you can actually visit your home’s bodega and use some of your old ceramics or teacups for plants. You can also repurpose everyday items like tin cans or plastic bottles into plant holders.

Don’t be afraid to experiment

“Even the most seasoned plant lovers admit that there are some plants that die on them. That’s why the only way to keep your garden growing is to experiment,” says Joanne. See which containers work best, research on plants, and be on the lookout for the best soil.

More on Realliving.com.ph

RL Tips: 3 Ways to Arrange Your Succulents

6 Garden Maintenance Tips

RL Tips: How to Propagate Succulents

Shares

Latest Stories

These Photos Will Make You Want A Golden Christmas This Year

Time to make your house sparkle for the holidays!

21 Awesome Budget Home Finds In Quiapo

We swear, the P50 dinnerware and P10 cleaning products are worth the trip!

Christmas Gift Ideas For Plant Lovers and Green Thumbs

A list of lovely plants and accessories from below P100, P500, and up!

5 Creative and Affordable Wrapping Ideas For Christmas

Are you excited for the holiday season, too?

6 Fantastic Small Space Makeovers

How can you deal with cramped cooking corners and tiny bedrooms? Let these transformations teach you a trick or two.

A Filipino Designed This Space-Savvy Modern House in Singapore

It even has its own lap pool!

Would You Try "Death Cleaning?"

We've got everything you need to know about this new Swedish decluttering trend

5 Secrets Of A Functional Kitchen

Are you dreaming of having the most efficient scullery? These tips might just do the trick.

11 Peg-Worthy Celebrity Christmas Trees

From showcasing dainty blooms to using quirky ornaments, these personalities have taken the decorating game to the next level

This Quiapo Day Tour Will Make You Love Old Manila Again

Go on a DIY Quiapo adventure and look beyond the vendors. Say a prayer, have your fortune told, take a peek at a mysterious pagoda, and visit beautiful ancestral houses from a more genteel past.

10 Ways To Make Your Shoes Last Forever

Show your favorite pairs some tender loving care with these tips

A One-Bedroom Unit Transformed into a Two-Bedroom Home

The designers of this 45sqm condo in Manila created a functional space with an urban contemporary appeal that’s perfect for its young occupants
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!