If nothing else, the Covid-19 pandemic taught us all to appreciate the outdoors more — and that includes your garden. So many of us spent the last year learning how to garden. With so much to learn it can be a bit daunting to know where to start.
We’ve got some great, simple tips that will get you gardening like a green thumb. It all starts with a plan.
You need to anticipate weather and seasonal changes for a successful garden. So figure out what grows when and what you want to include in your garden. You should also have a plan for when plants need to come out of your beds and be replaced.
Building on this, you also need to be aware of the sunny spots of your garden. Not all plants thrive with too much sunlight. Some prefer a shady corner.
One of the easiest ways to plan is with a literal drawn out plan of your garden for each season.
Use the Space You Have
Whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors is a moot point, you can create beautiful indoor gardens too. Whether it’s a window box or a herb garden, there are loads of incredible ideas to get green indoors. One of our favorites is with a Terrarium Workshop.
Whatever your growing space, you’ll still need to plan for your plants to thrive.
Have you ever spoken to an already avid gardener and wondered how they know so much?
Years of learning from others. Tips pass from gardener to gardener. So dive in!
There are great resources available everywhere, to suit whatever your preferred learning style is. Whether that’s gardening books and blogs or the hundreds of gardening YouTube channels. All full of great information just waiting for you to absorb.
Keep It Manageable
It’s so easy to dive headfirst into gardening wholeheartedly. But then the summer rolls around and you’re facing an overgrown jungle from everything doing so well.
A big part of keeping a beautiful garden is the maintenance aspect. Deadheading flowers, trimming back shrubs, and pulling those ever sneaky weeds are all part of the hobby.
One of the best ways to keep on top of maintenance is to be consistent. That means getting out in the garden every day to do the little jobs, so when bigger jobs like re-planting crop up, you’re not hacking and pulling for hours beforehand.
Depending on the size of your garden, we’d suggest doing a minimum of 15 minutes a day of little tasks. It’ll keep your garden beautiful and manageable.
While experienced gardeners can tell what a plant is from sight or smell, this won’t be the case for newbies. That’s totally okay!
Get around it with labeling. You’d be amazed how often you’re going to forget what you planted and where especially in a larger garden. Sticking a label in the soil next to where you planted will save you a headache later on of trying to remember that mystery plant’s needs.
Enjoy Learning How to Garden
Most importantly, learning how to garden should be fun, even if it’s a bit of hard work. So make sure to take the time to sit back and actually enjoy your garden!
We’ve got more home improvement advice on our blog, so be sure to check it out.