Lots of us want to get into gardening but even more of us don’t know where to start. For beginners, we’ve put together some top gardening tips for you so you can start your gardening journey with confidence and in style.
Start off small. This is perhaps the best tip to take from the list. Don’t jump straight into the deep end because you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed. We’re not saying to not have ambition, but know that taking care of plants will require dedication and time. Get to grips with a small selection and then expand and plant more when you feel ready.
Know What To Grow
You need to research what will likely grow successfully where you live. Know your soil, understand the weather constraints you may have. If you have a green house things will grow in there which won’t in other parts of the garden. Figure out what you’re going to be growing.
Know Where To Plant
Whilst knowing what to grow you also need to know where to grow it. We’ve mentioned the green house but other plants like direct sunlight, others need some shade. Figure out the areas you have available in your outdoor space which will in turn help you figure out what you can successfully grow.
Map It All Out
Now you can map it all out. Draw your garden and write down where everything will be and what will be planted in each area. This way you can work out how much you need to buy and where to place it before planting, when you bring it all in from the back of the car.
Raise It Up
Consider raised beds. Starting gardening in raised beds can be a great as you begin with fresh soil. You can divide your plants into different parts of the raised bed as well. You can also build your raised beds as a feature in your garden and it can also help you back and knees by having beds at a height specific for you, rather than on the ground itself.
Label, Label, Label
Our gardening tips continue with labelling. Label, label, label all your plants. That way you know what is where when you start to expand your gardening space. Even when you start gardening, you can easily get distracted and forget what you’ve planted where.
Buddy up your plants with companion planting. Grow different crops in the same area for reasons including warding off pests, providing nutrients and maximising your space.
Space It Out
Apart from your companion plants, space stuff out. Plants are just like people, they need some personal space which will help them grow properly.
One of the best gardening tips is to make your own compost. Utilising food scraps to create compost will not only lower your carbon footprint and reduce your food waste, you’ll be using things like tea bags and eggshells to aid your gardening and help your plants grow.
Weed It Out
Get rid of those weeds. They take up valuable space! Not only do they look ugly too, weeds compete with plants to grow and take nutrients out of the soil.
Just like if you were taking up illustration as a hobby, or playing the guitar, you need the right tools to do the job properly. You don’t need a lot of them, just enough to help you. Gloves to protect your hands, a trowel, a spade, a hoe, a fork, pruners and a watering can will get you through most jobs. You can always add more further down the line. Keep them all in a bucket in the shed.
One of the best gardening tips is to understand that you will need to practise patience. Things will not grow overnight. It takes time to see change but when you do see buds emerging and the frugal fruits of your harvest, you’ll realise the hard work and the time waiting was all worth it.