Top tips for gardening

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Gardening doesn’t have to be hard work

DIY isn’t just limited to building tables, chairs or carrying out some internal fixes. It isn’t just limited to this though, don’t forget one of the most attractive parts of your house, your garden but it’s not just about growing plants. If you’re not clued up on how to present your garden or even nourish your plants, they can and will die. Gardening doesn’t have to be hard work and it can be one of the most rewarding things in life.

We have brought together a guide for you that should give you some tips to get any gardener on their way. You will have to invest time in this though as the garden will always need to be maintained and there are no single quick fixes. Following the methods listed below you’ll be enjoying your new hobby in now time at all.

Our top tips for maintaining your garden

Check your soil

Without soil your plants won’t grow, without the right type of soil, you’ll face the exact same problem. Do your research and find out what plants need what soil as generally it won’t be a one type fits all.  There are many types of soil and you can find some of these on this website here. If you’re looking at specific plants then it may well be you go and research the plant first and then find the type of soil but if you’ve already got soil, you can get the best out of it with the right plants.

Deciding on the perfect plants for you and your garden

Most people have preferred plants or plants in mind that they want to grow. We have a couple of suggests too, Garden Phlox and Blue Bells are some of our favourites and are great perennial plants to grow. Vegetables are also great to grow, however you will need space for this and with some smaller gardens this might not be feasible. Can you imagine picking your own carrots, beans, tomato, lettuce and beats to create the freshest salad for you?

Choosing the layout for your garden 

How are you going to lay out your garden in your mind, will you have a few pots or will all the plants be in the ground. Do you want a lawn or will there be plants with concrete? All of these considerations should be made before buying anything. You can find inspiration online to show you how your garden could look. It could be beneficial to print off or sketch multiple layouts and then compare them side by side before making any decision. Also remember to consider watering systems, equipment and fertilizers.

One important tool

Any gardener will tell you, without a good shovel you’re set up for a difficult time. The best way to ensure you save time while you garden is to firstly, get a well made shovel and secondly, get some silicone lubricant to ensure it’s non-stick. Be generous with the coating, you’ll be thanking us after.

Recommended link: 8 types of shovel for gardening

Keeping your pots light

It may sound obvious but many people fill their pots with only soil. It’s recommended that the pot should be filled at most to half way fill with peanuts, that’s right peanuts, then cover with some landscape fabric. This will help reduce the weight of your pots instantly and then allows you to top up the rest with soil making it light. There are other methods to reduce weight further, however they shouldn’t be necessary.

Transferring your plants

If you’re looking to save some money and you don’t want to get a tray then a small ladder can work just as well. Each compartment should be lined with waterproof fabric and then your plants will be safe and make minimal mess in your car/van.

Easy Read Rain Gauge

A great and simple trick with your rain gauge. Simply use dye and during next rainfall, the water will combine with dye and water level will obtain bright red and so they will be easy to read.

Aggressive plants should be limited

As the title aggressive plants should be controlled as they’ll grow rapidly. Of course the first thing you should do is identify them and keep an eye on their growth rate. You’ll then be required to keep them cut otherwise before you know it, they’ll be completely out of control.

Guide Your Root Bounded Plants

Ever had a plant that is bounded by their root? If the roots form a solid mass with little soil to be seen, the plant is severely root bound so this is what you should look out for.

The reason that this is an issue is that it prevents water and nutrients moving to the leaves and other areas of the plants.

In order to solve this issue quickly, you should help the roots to go outward by using your fingers. If they are really tough, you should carefully make vertical cuts in the root ball with a knife.


One last tip, protect your bulbs

Protect your bulbs and always put netting over them especially in the spring time when their most vulnerable.

Final thought

Gardening is a great hobby that not only keeps you fit but gives you the sense of reward once it’s complete.



If you would like to learn more, below are some links we’ve collated.

How to Get Free Seeds for Your First Garden

Guide to Gardening by Mail, Mail Order Catalogs and Gardening

Average Frost Dates

Watch Your Garden Grow

Cornell Guide to Growing Fruit at Home

Garden for Wildlife

Gardening Apps

Ask a Master Gardener

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