The Beginner Gardener: 3 tips on starting a garden

Have you been struck by the gardening bug? It’s okay – it happens to the best of us. Once the sun finally decides to come out to play, the pull of the outdoors can be too much and where we once wouldn’t dream of getting stuck in out in the garden, we find ourselves shopping around for gardening supplies and looking up how best to organise our garden.

While gardening may seem straightforward in theory, it’s always best to be sure that you’re starting off on the right foot – not only to ensure your garden looks great from the start, but to save you a lot of money and stress which could potentially quash your enthusiasm for encouraging those green fingers.

So, what do you need to know about successfully starting your garden off right?

What Type of Garden?

Before you even start picking out plants and planning where they will go in your garden space, it’s important to decide what kind of garden you actually want to have.

Are you someone who wants grow their own fruit and veg, or do you simply want an outdoor space which you can use for entertaining guests?The purpose of your garden will drastically influence what you should ideally plant and at what time of year.

However, whatever type of garden you choose, as gardening will be a new experience for you, it’s best to try and start small. This will allow you to get to grips with the level of care.

Find the Perfect Site

Different plants require different conditions; some will prefer to grow out in direct sunlight, whereas others thrive in moist, shaded spaces.

Once you have decided what type of garden you want to grow, you need to investigate what the plants prefer.

It’s also a good idea to look at the quality of the soil that is available to you, too. It’s no use planting your garden centre haul in the wrong type of soil and have them wither and die a few days later. Not only will it look sad, it will be disheartening for you. If you do have bad soil, don’t worry! There are steps you can take to make your low-quality soil perfect for plants!

Arm Yourself with the Right Tools

While garden requires you to get your hands dirty, it’s also handy to have a selection of gardening tools to help you maintain and landscape your garden.

While you won’t need every single garden tool to start off with, a spade, a fork, a trowel, a pair of pruners, a rake and gardening gloves are all considered to be part of a new gardener’s arsenal.

Most are pretty straightforward to use, but it’s always best to warn that some of the items can hurt if they are used incorrectly, so make sure you look up how to use each item first!


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