Gardening Tips for Beginners
If you are new to the world of gardening, it can be a daunting thought of where to start. In this blog, we will go through step by step everything you need to know to begin your first project. Gardening is an incredibly rewarding hobby, however there are a few pitfalls that new gardeners can fall into. Here are a few tips that will get you started with your new gardening adventure.
Any gardening project of course, must be born from an idea! Weather you are planning on creating a new plot or reinvigorating an old one, think about how you would like your garden to look and what materials and tools of the trade you will need to get going. During the winter is a great time to sharpen your tools or service the lawn mower for the spring & summer months ahead.
Clear & Assess the area
Depending on your goals and the current state of your garden, planning is crucial to getting the garden of your dreams. One common mistake that new gardeners tend to make is rushing into a project without a second thought. Make a quick sketch of your garden, think about where the light often reaches and where it does not to properly plan where will be best suited to plant new flowers & vegetables.
Add Topsoil or improve your current soil
If your plot of land has gone un-maintained for many years, adding new high-quality topsoil or some soil improver to your current soil will provide a boost of nutrients as well as help with breaking up any heavy soil areas and improve water retention, helping provide a great environment for your plants and vegetables. Unsure what kind of topsoil you need or if you need to buy any at all? Check out the buying guide here.
Plant Your flowers or Vegetables of Choice
With your plot ready, all you need to do is plant the seeds! Timing is crucial, so depending on your chosen plants, check the seed packet for the ideal time of year to begin, more often than not, this will be early spring.
Keep on top of the Maintenance
With your plants and vegetables now planted, its time to ensure that they are looked after during their life cycle by keeping on top of the garden maintenance. The easiest and most important of all is to keep the garden watered, particularly during the summer when rain could be scarce for long periods of time. Fortunately in the UK, rain is never too far away however it is always best to keep an eye out for the weather just to be sure that your plants never go too long without a good soak!
Another quick tip to keep the garden in good shape is to get rid of weeds when they appear. Not only are weeds not nice aesthetically, they are a menace to plants and vegetables as they compete for nutrients & light. Make sure to take these out by the root and ensure they won’t sprout back in a few weeks.