Property clean up project of a couple progressed into a prolific urban garden, part 2: gardening tips for beginners

As told to Vina Medenilla

In the first part of this article, Cristina and Carlo Guerrero, owners of Athena’s Garden in San Juan City, shared the tale of how their garden has transformed from an unused, futile land to a thriving garden. Here, Cristina Guerrero, a professional biologist,  has shared some tips in nurturing plants effectively based on her education and garden experience. 

Gardening tips for beginners

In her own words, Guerrero has shared five general recommendations that other enthusiasts can consider. Here’s what she has to say:

Be a mindful gardener. Vow to only get the type and quantity of plants that you can realistically grow and commit to care for. Don’t be too swayed by trends and hypes.

Assess and determine the location. Before you bring home any plants, observe the conditions of the environment where you intend to place them. Research if they can thrive there. All plants will do their best to adapt and to survive in your garden (whether at home or workplace) even if it’s not their preferred environment. Think about how you can give them their needs, especially if they can’t get enough light, air, water, and nutrients in that particular area.

Health of the plants. This can go hand-in-hand with the quality of their growing medium. Not all soils and substrates are created equal. Find out what your plants need and give the best quality that you can afford.

Discover and understand the love language of the plants you choose to care for. Each plant is an individual and requires your love and attention in different ways.

Accept the fact that plants are living beings. Always be grateful for the fresh oxygen, pretty foliage, flowers, fruits, and pleasure they give you. Never be tired of moving on and starting over when it’s time for them to rest and return to the earth.

With the right care and materials, novice gardeners and collectors can tend any plants that they wish to have and to nurture.  

Photo courtesy of Athena’s Garden.

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