So you’ve decided to take the plunge and spruce up your garden. There’s only one problem: you have no idea what you’re doing. Sure, you looked at some videos and saved some photos, and it seemed simple enough . . . until you got started. Turns out, DIY gardening is tougher than it looks.
Not to worry, you can become a pro gardener in no time with our amateur’s guide to gardening. Start with the basics and then get into more advanced gardening techniques, and your garden will be blooming before you know it.
This part’s easy, because you don’t need to actually do any gardening. It’s as simple as going to your nearest gardening shop or nursery, buying a few products, and placing them strategically. You don’t need green fingers for this step! A cute little bench can brighten up your garden and make it more welcoming. You can also add some stepping stones or even larger outdoor planters to make your garden more aesthetically pleasing.
2. Prepare your soil
Before you can get to work on your plants, you need to make sure that you have good quality soil. Since this is where your plants will be planted, it’s important to make sure that the soil contains any minerals and nutrients your plants may need. Healthy soil equals healthy plants.
3. Get into a routine
Not everything in your garden will need the same amount of attention. Some plants barely need any water, while others need to be watered multiple times a day. You may need to give plant food to plants that are weak or struggling to grow. This may seem overwhelming, so you might want to start a diary in the beginning to keep track of which plants need which care and on which days.
4. Be more ecofriendly
Whether you’re a beginner or not, it’s easy to look after the environment while gardening. There are various ways of making your garden more energy-efficient, and it’s a great idea to do it from the start, so that you can form the habit of using environmentally friendly methods and products.
5. Seeds versus mature plants
A tough decision is whether you should plant seeds and grow your plants from scratch, or buy plants that have already started growing. This is a personal choice and depends on what type of gardener you are, although in the beginning it might be best to opt for plants that are already grown. You can just plant them in the ground and continue looking after them. Once you’ve gotten the hang of that, try planting some seeds to see how you handle it.
6. Get the proper tools
Gardening will become a struggle if you don’t have the basic tools. There’s no need to rush out and buy the fanciest, most expensive gardening tools on the market, but a few staple tools will definitely make your job easier.
Play around with them to get the feel of it before you start hacking away at your plants. As your confidence and garden grow, you can always expand your tool collection.