Posted: Monday, 22 August 2016 @ 09:00
Maintaining a garden small or large can be tough – especially when you’re not familiar with the jargon and don’t have a clue where to start. Summer is the perfect time to do a bit more around the garden and learn some new skills. It’s always better to talk to an expert in person, so if you have a green fingered friend or neighbour, ask for their advice. You can also take advantage of the staff at garden centres – don’t be shy!
Gardening for beginners books can also point you in the right direction. If you want to get started as soon as possible, then here are a few tips for the gardening novice.
1. Invest in the right tools
If you’re serious about gardening, then you need the right kit. Here are some of the essentials which are vital to own in your shed:
- A hoe/rake
- A trowel
- Hand pruners/shears
- Gardening gloves
- High quality compost and plant feed
Of course as you progress, you might want to buy more tools but these should get you started.
One of the first jobs to learn how to tackle in the garden is weeding. Unless you want ugly weeds taking over your prized plants, then weeds have to be controlled. Weeds are divided into annuals and perennials and should be removed as soon as possible to prevent them spreading. You can also use a weedkiller but be very careful that it does not go near other plants.
3. Sowing Seeds
Learning how to sow seeds allows you to watch your garden flourish from scratch, which is a wonderful achievement. From sowing the seeds, watch the plants grow, flower and disperse its seeds. Beginners should start with hardy annuals such as poppies, sunflowers or sweet pea. Before sowing seeds, prepare the soil by raking it and removing any stones. Scatter the seeds over the area you wish the plants to grow and cover with soil. Water the area with a watering can so the water doesn’t splash the seeds out of the soil.
4. Potting Containers
As well as planting shrubs and plants directly into your flowers beds, you may wish to create containers of colour for the patio. Be aware that containers and hanging baskets need more looking after than plants in the ground, as pots restrict growth and access to moisture. Make sure you create good drainage with holes in the bottom and pot feet. When potting, leave two inches at the top of the container to prevent compost spilling over the edge when watering. You will probably have to water the containers often, even if it rains.
Take a look at some of our other gardening advice articles!