Easy Gardening Tips For Your First Home

Posted: Friday February 23, 2018

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You’ve got your house decorated down to the last detail and it’s looking fabulous. The colour schemes flow naturally and the furniture just works. So, what’s that gnawing feeling when you look outside? The garden perhaps? Gardening may seem an expensive and time-consuming endeavour, but with a little TLC, you can grow flowers, vegetables and shrubs cheaply, easily and effectively. Take a look at our tips to find out how.

1)    Shovelling

Spray your garden shovel with a Teflon or silicone liquid, as it will help loosen the soil and allow it to fall right off the shovel as required. No strength needed.

2)    Soil

Is your soil clay-like or more light and dusty? Clay-like soil suits flowers such as iris, aster, achillea and roses, whereas dusty soils help tulips, carrots, potatoes and strawberries to grow. Always check your soil-type otherwise you may be left with growing disappointments.

Most vegetables and flowers need lots of sun, so unsure you don’t plant them in the shade. If you’re growing strawberries however, consider netting for shade and extra protection from birds.

In times of extreme weather, it’s wise to add compost or leaf mould to enrich the soil, giving it moisture and allowing the roots to get air.

3)    Label

If you want to plant a variety, add plant labels to ensure you don’t forget what you’ve put where.

Also, check the labels your seeds or plants come with. This will provide helpful information regarding how much space they need, how often to water them, whether they need fertiliser and planting directions, for example. 

4)    Water

When putting plantlets in the ground, soak its roots so that the root balls don’t dry out. Otherwise, it’ll affect their ability to gain air, water and nutrients from the soil.

When watering your plants, don’t overdo it. Always check first whether the soil surrounding the plant is dry. If not, then it won’t need so much.

5)    Weeds

Always remove them, not only because they’re harmful to your plants, but because they could be hiding slugs and snails – who may snack on your shrubs. Doing this manually will help keep your garden chemical-free, but if you prefer to spray, do on a dry day for the best results. 

6)    Get Growing

Taking weather requirements into consideration, choose flowers that will make you want to spend time in your garden and the vegetables you’d love to eat.

After a few months, you’ll feel as happy outside as you do in.