Have you been thinking about gardening for several weeks or months now?
Well, it’s the right time to start gardening for beginners, this exciting activity, rich in emotions.
In this article, we propose 6 steps to learn how to garden. First of all, we will define what you want to do in your garden, then gather the essential tools.
We will also talk about choosing the location for the first plants, as well as planting and maintenance tips.
Finally, I’ll give you a list of easy-to-grow plants to get you started in your garden.
1 – Define your goal
That’s it, you’ve made your decision. You are going to garden!
Before launching yourself body and soul, I suggest you start by defining the time you have available to take care of your garden.
Indeed, gardening for beginners is an activity that requires a lot of patience and availability. Nature needs time to give you everything you have sown. It also requires observation and attention.
Also, it is important to learn about the cycle of the seasons and their influence on the life of plants.
Then, you can make a list, which you will add to as you go along, of what you would like to have in your garden: a vegetable garden, flowers, fruit trees, a hedge, etc.
2 – Buy the right tools to start your garden
Once you have set your goals, it is important to start gardening with the right tools.
In the garden, you will need a claw and a spade to prepare the soil, secateurs to prune your plants and fruit trees, a pair of gloves and a hose.
On a balcony or terrace, you will need pots, universal potting soil, and clay balls to control the humidity of the soil. You will also need a pair of gloves, a 3-pronged claw to aerate the soil and a small pruning shears for pruning. If necessary, bring a small watering can.
During this particular period, I advise you to equip yourself on the websites of specialized garden equipment stores or e-commerce sites.
This will allow you to get your tools quickly and to start gardening as soon as you receive them.
3 – Define the best location for your first plants 🌻
To start, choose a small space. This will make it easier for you to make initial observations and gradually understand the needs of each plant.
Also, I advise you to choose a location where the soil is easy to work.
For example, be sure to avoid installing your first plants near a hedge or a tree. Indeed, their already imposing roots will hinder the development of your new plantations.
Choose a southwest facing location. This way, the soil will not be too dry from the sun, nor too humid.
4 – How to plant your plants
Planting plants is quite simple:
In the garden, start by digging a hole. Then add potting soil and place your plant. Cover with soil and water generously at the base.
In a pot, use a special potting soil for potted plants. Line the bottom of the pot with clay balls, then pour in the potting soil. Dig a hole, place your seedling and cover. Finish by watering abundantly.
5 – Don’t forget to water your plants 💧
Water the plants that need water. This watering takes place in several stages:
Before planting: the root ball must be well moistened.
After planting: the soil must be generously watered.
During the spring and summer seasons: a weekly watering allows the plant to balance the evapotranspiration. This is the loss of water through transpiration from the leaves and evaporation from the soil.
6 – Feed your plants with fertilizer
The plant needs water and food to grow in good conditions. Its main source of nutrition is fertilizer, whether your plantation is in the garden or in a pot.
For this, I advise you to use slow-release fertilizers that diffuse the nutritional elements over a period of 6 months.
This is the ideal way to start because it allows you to feed your plants for an entire season.
My advice: choose plants that are easy to grow
To get your gardening business off to a good start, I recommend choosing plants that are simple to grow. If you sow seeds, emergence, that is, germination, takes between 7 and 30 days depending on the plant varieties.
Thus, by choosing plants with fast emergence for example, you can start to note the duration of germination, the ideal thermal conditions and the time of luminosity necessary.
It is thanks to your first experiences that you will be able to understand the seasonal cycles of your future garden.
What you should remember: once you have set your gardening goals and are well equipped, the first steps in your garden are simple to implement. Choose your location, water and feed your plants and choose varieties that are easy to grow.
I have 30 years of experience and i started this website to see if i could try and share my knowledge to help you.
With a degree a Horticulture BSc (Hons)
I have worked as a horticulture specialist lead gardener, garden landscaper, and of course i am a hobby gardener at home in my own garden.
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