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How do I start my gardening?

Step 1: Choose what you want to grow The first step of any garden project is picking the seeds. Before deciding, it’s important to consider the level of care and attention you can give. If you’re new to gardening, you might want to go with some plants that are easier to look after.

Another thing to keep in mind is the season, as outdoor plants need to be planted at specific times in the year. For summer results, many plants need to be planted during spring. Other plants prefer to grow during colder weather and need to be planted later in the year. If you’re planning to just grow plants indoors, you’ll have a bit more flexibility.

Step 2: Pick out the right spot for your garden Do you have a balcony plot or a greenhouse in your garden? Are you planting straight into the ground or using flower beds or outdoor plant pots? Wherever you’re going to be gardening, make sure it’s suitable for your plant selection.

You’ll need to think about their positioning as well as most plants need a lot of sun. Some only need 6 to 8 hours per day, while others need up to 16 hours. Certain plants like direct sunlight, while others thrive in partial light. The temperature a plant prefers can be really different as well. As long as you create the right environment for your plants, your garden will blossom in no time.

Step 3: Choose the right soil (and improve it) Plants are all different, which is why they all like different kinds of soil. The three main types of soil are clay, sand and silt. There's also sandy loam, which is a mixture of all three. You can find out which type of soil your plant prefers by checking the label on it, or by reading the online product description. Choosing the right soil for your plants is essential – you'll also need to continuously strengthen the soil with a plant fertiliser. You can do this with garden compost, some decayed leaves or even store-bought fertiliser.

Step 4: Let the growing begin Plant your seeds in the new home you’ve prepared for them and get your garden started. With love, care, and an extra sprinkling of plant nutrition, you’ll be able to grow a lush green garden you can admire for years.

What basic gardening supplies do I need?

To start gardening outdoors, you’ll need a few important supplies:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Hand pruner
  • Shovel
  • Bow rake
  • Digging fork
  • Small hand tools for planting

If you’re creating an indoor garden, you’ll need a few different bits:

  • A container, either a pot or garden bed
  • Soil or a growing mix, to help support the plant’s roots
  • A growing light if your plant requires it
  • Fertiliser or plant nutrition

Regardless of whether you’re gardening indoors or out, your plants will always need water. If you’re gardening outside, a water hose is your best option. A watering can works well too if you don’t have a large area to water or are gardening inside. Some indoor plants need water directly applying to their leaves, so you might want to consider investing in a spray bottle too.

What are the best tips for summer gardening?

Here are our top summer gardening tips to help you get the most of out of the warmer weather:

  • Summer equals sun and warmer temperatures, which are the ideal conditions for planting vegetables like beans, corn, peppers, squash and courgette.
  • Insects love the summer, so keep a look out for pests and weeds.
  • Don’t be scared to trim your plants. Many plants grow back bigger and better after having a few dead flowers or seed pods removed. Start snipping and make room for new leaves or buds to bloom.
  • If you have potted plants, it’s important to keep them cool. Use mulch on the soil to maintain a lower temperature.
  • Fertilise any plants in containers, as they’ll need more nutrition during the summer months.