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10 Tips to Easily Get Started With Gardening This Summer

Last updated May 19, 2022| Gardening

The start of spring brings with it a renewed sense of energy and optimism. Just as we get ready to embark on this new season, there is one more thing that needs our attention: the garden. It’s time to spruce up your outdoor space by getting out those gardening tools and planting some flowers for a fresh look come summertime!

We have 1 tip for you: get started with gardening this summer!

Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can have. It will make you healthier, wealthier ánd happier. It can also be a great way to relieve stress, unplug from technology, gain knowledge about plants and flowers you may not have known before, get some sun on your skin (while also working outside), and more!

For those who have never gardened before, it can be a little intimidating to get started, but there are plenty of helpful tips that will make the process much easier. Here are 10 tips to easily get started with gardening!

10 Tips to Easily get Started With Gardening This Summer

1. Start Small

Desmond Tutu once wisely said that “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” The same principle can be applied to gardening. It is a good idea to start small and work your way up in terms of the size of your garden (or at least the area you work in), as well as what you are trying to grow inside it.

Spend some time deciding what you want to grow ánd where it will go, so your plants get the best care possible. Design a garden in which every plant has enough space to thrive!

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2. Grow Plants and Flowers That are Easy to Maintain

A good way to start small is by growing plants, flowers and vegetables that are easy to grow and maintain. This way, you won’t get discouraged if the plants or flowers take longer to grow, or if some might not make it. It’s also a good way to learn about different types of plants and flowers.

Looking for some examples of low-maintenance flowers and plants? Check out these examples!

A good tip: Start seeds indoors and transplant them outside when the weather is warm enough. This way, they will have a better chance of surviving

Also, consider companion planting: some vegetables work better when planted next to each other because they help fertilize each other or attract beneficial insects that keep pests away.

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3. Get a Planter Box

If you don’t want to start a garden from scratch, getting a planter box can be a great option for when you’re first starting out. They’re not only beautiful but also quite practical for planting flowers or vegetables and herbs in the summertime, and you can put them anywhere – on your balcony, porch or even the front yard.

We mentioned before that it’s a good idea to first plant seeds indoors and then move them outside into your garden once they have grown a little and the weather starts getting better/warmer. A planter can be the perfect solution for this, as it allows you to easily move your seeds/plants wherever you need them.

Planters come in different shapes: round, rectangular and square, so make sure you get one that is not only practical but also looks good wherever you want to put it.

4. Get rid of any Clutter

Before you get started with gardening, you first need to declutter (which is a general rule that can be applied to any home/yard improvement project). Get rid of any clutter around the house, so you can start in a clean environment, which will only inspire you more to get started, ánd keep going. It will also make sure your hard work will be noticeable right away, and not hidden behind a bunch of old stuff.

5. Start at the Right Time

So, when is the best time of year to start gardening? It all depends on what type of plants you’re looking to grow and where in the world you live. In general, starting any new plant outside during November or December will ensure that they are ready to be transplanted in the spring.

Spring is usually a good time for those of you living on the East Coast, but if it rains too much and your plants get spoiled then just postpone until summer! If you live out West, feel free to start planting during late winter or early March. There’s no specific timing that works best across all regions, so it’s important to just consider your local climate’s weather patterns.

6. Get the Right Tools

Be sure you have the right tools for the job before you start working in the garden. This will not only make sure you don’t get frustrated, but it will also help you get work done efficiently and easily.

There are plenty of gardening tools that will help get the job done but there are a few key pieces to remember: spade, trowel, gloves and shears for trimming plants or harvesting flowers.

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7. Weed regularly

Garden weeds are a bane for any gardener.

To keep your garden clean, especially after all your hard work, it’s important to weed regularly by hand. Also, don’t forget about root crops and mulch around the base of plants, so they better retain moisture in dry weather conditions.

Clearing your garden of overgrown weeds and plants will make way for new growth. This will not only give it a fresh look but also help improve the appearance in general, as well as reduce water consumption by up to 50%.

8. Fertilize Your Soil

Organic fertilizers such as compost will keep your garden, grass, plants, flowers and vegetables healthy. There are also non-organic fertilizers, but we do recommend using organic fertilizers as this is the most ecological way to go.

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9. Take Care of Pest Problems

Take care of any pest problems quickly before they become an infestation!

Keep an eye out for pests like slugs and snails as they can damage plants quickly! You might want to get some slug bait if you notice any of these creatures around your garden and plants, especially if you’re trying to grow vegetables you later want to harvest.

10. Create a Compost Pile

Creating a compost pile is always a great idea. Composting is the most ecological way to fertilize your soil, it will save you money on fertilizer, help keep pests away and it is an ecological way to get rid of food waste.

On your compost pile, you can put anything like vegetable peels, eggshells, coffee grounds, leaves and other food waste.

Now go outside, and start enjoying your gardening journey!

If you really want to enjoy your garden to the fullest this summer, we recommend getting quality outdoor furniture, and perhaps even an outdoor kitchen!

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