Don’t think you have green fingers? Here’s a beginner’s guide to get you gardening

While you might not think that you have the greenest fingers, you’ll be glad to know that there’s not an exact art to gardening (even the professionals get it wrong sometimes!).

But before you get started, there are some basics you should know.

1. Know your soil

Ever wondered why certain plants don’t seem to grow? Understanding your soil type is the first step towards finding out which plants are best suited to your garden. Simply pick up a handful of soil and feel as to whether it’s sand-like and grainy or heavy and like clay?

If it’s the former, then generally this soil type doesn’t retain water very well so you might want to think about spacing your plants further apart from one another to avoid the soil becoming dry. Heavier soils tend to drain water less readily and so this could be an issue when trying to grow your plants.

In reality most gardens will have a mixture of both soil types, making growing your fruit and vegetables easier. But it’s always good to know where you’re starting from.

2. Plan ahead

To make sure you have the highest amount of success with your fruit and vegetables it’s important to plan ahead and make sure that you have a clear design and your soil is properly prepped.

Even clearing up the sides of planters and raking the soil in advance of planting your new crops can make all the difference.

3. Make sure you have the right tools

It’s easy to get overwhelmed and carried away by all the tools available at the gardening shop. While there are a whole host of handy things you can have in your kit, here are a couple of staples we would recommend to any beginner:

  • Some great gardening gloves!

  • A fork and spade

  • Some tools for cutting and pruning

  • A hand trowel for planting

4. Label! Label! Label!

This is a basic many new gardeners often forget. Remember to use some labelling sticks so you can remember what you planted and where!

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