So, you’re keen to get into gardening? The appeal of gardening is great, whether you intend to utilise indoor or outdoor space; nurturing and tending to plants, growing them into something beautiful and looking on fondly at your prized flowers and plants is a wonderful feeling. Perhaps you’re keen on growing plants for a purpose, for cooking or seasoning, as unique and personalised gifts or to use in crafts and decorations. Whatever your reasons for turning to gardening, it’s a great hobby, keeping you active and engaged, and soon turns into a fulfilling addiction, but where to begin? We’ve compiled a simple guide for gardening newbies to get you started with growing your own flowers and plants in no time at all.
Prepare your spot
Are you growing exotic flowers in the front lawn, or edible herbs in pots on the windowsill? Wherever it is, you need to prepare it, so it’s best to choose your spot and stick to it; you can take on the whole garden next year. For now it’s best to concentrate your efforts on a small patch to transform.
Read, read and read
Either from the library, bookshops or friends, you should start to read expert books and magazines to get you into the gardening spirit. They act as fantastic motivation now and when your plants might not be blooming as miraculously as you thought. Having a good selection of gardening books also acts as a reference for any issues that may arise.
Buy the basics
You might have a few spades and pots, but it’s best to ensure you have all the basics at hand before it’s too late. A visit to a good garden centre will also be the perfect opportunity to seek expert advice for novice gardeners. Buy pots, soil, fertiliser and hand tools as well as good gardening shoes and gloves if you plan on being outside a lot. Your books and magazines will also help you chose brands and styles.
Check your soil
Do you know what type of soil you have? Most often, plants don’t blossom to their intended stage simply down to bad soil. Some soils can be treated with simple tools and a bit of attention, though particularly tough gardens might need to be tamed with fertiliser and other treatments. If soil has a particularly high or low pH balance it might also affect the productivity of your efforts, although certain plants are suited to certain conditions.
The Gardening Calendar
Important for experts and novices alike; the gardening calendar should be respected. What season are you starting in and what seeds or plants are you planting? Is it peak time for them to be blossoming, or are you better looking for a more suitable plant to get you through the next season.
The most exciting bit, but now the soil and yourself is ready, you can start planting happily. Be wary of how close you are planting seeds or flowers, but don’t be too concerned over proximity. Plants growing closely minimises weeding, yet of course, too close can damage the flower.
Maintain your efforts
It might be easy to forget or simply have lacking motivation and energy for your garden. But planting and forgetting won’t grow you a stunning floral treat! Maintain an interest in your gardening, no matter what the weather, although don’t obsess. Some seeds will grow into beautiful flowers and some won’t, but don’t be disheartened, keep up the good effort and hard work and your garden will reward you. Don’t forget to consult books and experts for any issues or concerns you have, so you can keep learning and keep gardening.