Top Gardening Tips for Beginners


Gardening is a pastime that many people think requires expert knowledge and lots of time, which doesn’t have to be the case. Whilst you can become a pro and know everything there is to know about different bulbs and perennials, gardening is a hobby and there’s nothing stopping you from grabbing a pair of gloves and getting stuck right in. If you’re a beginner or simply don’t know where to start, these tips will help you build your confidence and strengthen your skillset in the garden.

Starting Out Properly

Before you start to buy plants that you want to have in your garden, you need to ensure you’re starting as you mean to go on. You need to be prepared and ready for your gardening tasks, so a trip to your local gardening centre or heading online to a garden supplier is what you need to do first. Online retailers such as Two Wests offer a wide selection of gardening supplies, so it’s always worth having a browse and investing in quality equipment that is going to be essential for your projects. Don’t worry about buying too many items, however, as you only need the essentials to get started, which include:

  • A pair of gardening gloves
  • Hedge shears
  • Hoe
  • Rake
  • Trowel
  • Spade
  • Hose
  • Watering Can

Once you have the essentials, you can start to plan your projects. It’s important not to go overboard and buy too much, as you’ll find over time you may need to add to your gardening equipment, so wait until the time is right!

Choosing Tasks Carefully

When you first start out with your gardening tasks, you want to ensure you’re choosing tasks that are achievable. Don’t get too carried away with your projects, as this could result in you feeling unaccomplished if it’s not the right season or time for those tasks. The best tasks to start out with are also the simplest, which is ideal for beginners. Start by looking at what your garden needs, from trimming the hedges and mowing the lawn, to watering the flowerbeds and pulling out those nasty weeds. To make things easier for yourself, grab a notebook and a pen and make a list of all of the tasks that you want to complete in the garden. This will come in useful when things like the weather aren’t on your side, as you’ll be able to select a task from the list that’s suitable for that particular day.

Selecting the Plants

It’s no secret that knowing which plants to plant during which season can be slightly confusing, especially if you’re not particularly green fingered. There are so many guides online to help you figure out which plants are best, but for those who are just starting out with gardening, these are the best plants for you:

  • Tomatoes, peppers, onions, basil
  • Sunflowers, Dahlias, Foxglove, Roses and Petunias

If you want produce that can grow all year round, why not try growing edible mushrooms? Mushrooms are not plants (or animals); they belong to kingdom fungi, so they need environmental conditions and maintenance methods different from those of green plants. They’re not completely different, though.

Mushrooms do need water and substrate (which can be straw, sawdust, coffee grounds, etc.) to grow on and feed off of. They don’t have chlorophyll, unlike green plants, so mushrooms don’t need direct sunlight to grow. They thrive best indoors and in dim to dark places, which help them conserve moisture and grow fruiting bodies. Mushrooms are delicious and nutritious, and they can be easy to grow on your own.

Key Things to Remember

There are some important things to always remember when you start out gardening, as you want to get the best results every time. Firstly, it’s essential that you remember to water your plants/garden frequently, as everything in the garden requires water to grow properly. You also need to remember to check on your projects. If you plant a few seeds for the spring, make sure you’re frequently checking them to ensure they’re growing properly with no pests or unwanted visitors, as this can stunt the growth or cause issues further down the line.

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