I truly believe that anyone can be great at gardening. Like anything, when you are first starting out, it can seem really overwhelming & unachievable. However, it is common knowledge that everybody has their different ways of getting success with their gardens & no way is right or wrong. I started gardening to experience a connection with nature & for the sheer joy of it. If it doesn’t work out, that’s ok! I will learn & try again. Below I've listed the 5 essentials that you need to get you on your way when starting a garden:
A home for your plants. These don’t have to break the bank. As long as there is a hole for drainage, you can grow seeds in anything! Head to your local charity shop, have a browse on freecycle or even visit your local garden centre & grab a potting tray - they're usually free!
Food for your plants. When it comes to compost, you get what you pay for. The selection is endless & if you are a first time gardener you may wonder which one is the best to buy. Yes, if you can afford it, premium compost is ideal. However, you can still buy inexpensive compost that will 100% do the job.
Now this is the fun part! What is it that you fancy growing? Veggies? Flowers? Here are a few suggestions that are super easy to grow from seed & won’t disappoint:
Flowers: Nasturtium, Marigolds, Sunflowers, Nigella
Veggies: Carrots, Tomatoes, Beetroot, Spinach, Radish
A place for your new babies to grow. Every plant or vegetable has specific requirements for where they will grow best. More often than not they need light, the correct temperature, shielding from wind & good air flow. Great places to put your seedlings are a windowsill, greenhouse, bathroom & if there is no risk of frost, the ground.
Sit back & enjoy the process. Watching something grow is magical and exciting. Try not to fuss over your seedlings by overwatering or moving their position too often. Let them do their thing! If you are unsuccessful don’t be disheartened, try again & again & again. It will be worth it!