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The essential basics to a successful garden!
 
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Step 1: Watering

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Watering is one of the most important factors when gardening; plants are made up of 95% water! New hobbyists tend to over water their plants while the more experienced tend to underwater; two simple ways to kill your plants.

A simple way to test your water levels is to stick your finger into the soil. If it’s still moist then leave it alone, if not then water.

Always use warm water, not cold. How would you like to take a cold shower in the morning? Some plants are more sensitive than others, and can get easily shocked by cold water.
When watering, water just the soil and try not to get the leaves and flowers wet. Sometimes this can cause rot and sunlight damage.

For house plants, it’s beneficial to mist down the entire plant during the summer just to wash off any dust that has collected on the foliage; kind of like taking a shower. 

Also for indoor plants, place a saucer underneath your pot to catch any excess water that drained out to prevent your furniture from water damage. Also pour out the collected water to also prevent root rot.

Of course, different plants have different water needs. Some are drought resistant and others aren't. Do your research and find out what your plants’ needs are! :)

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ytashi3 years ago
i sometimes dont even water my garden bcs we hv so much rain here in malaysia.. heck.. im even thinking about collecting rainwater just so i dont hv to pay the water company! hehe! gorgeous plants!
cpo5 years ago
Very nice basic instructional! I live in The Netherlands and sadly, vermiculite and perlite is hard to come by in these regions. Is there an alternative to this? e.g. cat litter box material like those pressed wood granules or those baked clay "hydro ganules"?
wereluva (author)  cpo5 years ago
 umm I'm not sure about the cat litter box material, but you can try adding sand, peat moss, or a mixture of both into the soil :)
cpo wereluva5 years ago
Sand is no problem in these regions (heck, we're practically living on the bottom of the North Sea :-))