Whether you’ve recently acquired a garden or allotment or just want to get into gardening, it is always helpful to have some advice from friends or family. So here is a small list of tips I’ve found to be the most useful when it comes to gardening.
- Plan ahead - It is always great to write down what you’d like to achieve. Do you know what sort of garden you would like? Vegetable garden? Herb garden? Flower garden? Do you have space for trees or climbers? Would you like furniture etc.
- Choose the right plants - As a beginner, you should try to start with plants that are easier to care for and take up less time. It may also be easier to choose plants that are already in pots or plugs rather than growing from seed.
- Test your soil - Is your soil more sandy or clay? You can also test the pH level to see if you have a more acid or alkaline soil, giving you a better idea of what sort of plants are best suited.
- Learn your weeds - Know the difference between weeds and your plants. You don’t want to be pulling up the wrong things and wasting money, just like you don't want to be leaving weeds in the ground to take over. Check often and be thorough.
- Spacing - Make sure to read the labels on your plants to see what spacing they recommend, or look it up online. Having good spacing will affect your garden greatly. Too many plants too close together can cause more diseases and also means you need to water more often.
- Watering - Plant plants that have similar watering needs near each other to prevent overwatering or underwatering. You can usually know when you need to water by poking your finger into the soil to see if it feels moist or not. In summer you will need to water a lot more often as you would in winter.
- Label - If you’re unfamiliar with plant names you can leave the labels in pots or hanging on branches to help you remember. This will help you in the future when you need to prune or move plants. Also great for when people ask what it is and you can’t remember.
- Feeding - Some plants will need extra help with feeding, especially if you have hanging baskets or potted plants. Check what feeds are suitable and how often it is recommended. This can make a big difference with blooms and flowering periods.
- Protection - During winter some plants will need extra protection from frosts. Some will also need protection in summer from bird or insects. For example, if you have a cherry tree, it is always a good idea to use netting to protect the cherries from being eaten by birds.
- Be patient - Don’t expect your garden to bloom straight away. Give it time to grow and thrive, you will have plants that aren’t successful but it is always a trial and error. Even professional gardeners are still learning new things every day. Make sure to have fun!
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