Gardening is one of the most popular pastimes in USA and if you have been giving this hobby a thought for quite some time now then it is about time that you get started. However, if you need to understand that if you take up gardening you need to do it seriously and therefore it is important that you know about some of the habits that makes for a successful gardener.
The first thing that you need to do if you want to be a successful gardener is make your own compost. You can start composting with kitchen and garden debris and the benefits of making your own compost include improved soil quality and avoidance of landfills. A lot of people think that composting always means dealing with things from the bin but you have to understand that piling shredded leaves in the corner will count as well. If your garden space is small then you can even opt for trench composting and if you want you can also bring all your kitchen scraps to a single place like a community garden where the scarps will be composted automatically without you having to do anything. Orange peels and coffee grounds make excellent compost for the garden.
Once the compost is ready you should spread them around the plants in the garden to keep diseases at bay. You should also out a little bit of the compost in the potting mix. This will add the slow releasing micronutrients and will help the plants in your garden to thrive. You can also top dress the beds with the compost if you want to improve the structure of the soil remarkably; this will also restore the life of the soil which has gone through years of abuse.
Secondly, a successful gardener plants the fruits and vegetables in wide beds. When you plant the crops in the garden you will have to keep in mind that you should group them as much as you can in the beds which are not cut down due to weeding, conserves the water and allows the concentration of compost.