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Gardening for Beginners - Quick Guide

Updated on January 15, 2020
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I am interested in health, fitness and healthy eating. I live in the Netherlands.

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Garden "butchart gardens", Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Garden "butchart gardens", Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada | Source

A garden needs preparation

If you are designing a garden, then a good preparation is a must.
Each garden is unique.
For instance, some might need to be able to deal with (excessive) rainfall.

In case of a larger garden digging must often be done by means of an excavator.
To prevent damage to the surface of a driveway the ground beneath should be firm and stable.
In places where plants must grow the soil should be loose just so plants can take root and grow well. This also ensures that the water in the soil sinks so sensitive plants can not " drown ".

Gardening for Beginners. Can I Plant?

Everyone dreams of a lush, beautiful, and green garden. But then you wake up, and the dream comes to an abrupt end due to lack of time and money.
And maybe you think you just don't have what it takes to make your garden bloom.

I'll walk you through eight great beginners tips for successful gardening:

1. What do you plan to do with your garden?
Should it become a playground for children, a garden with vegetables and herbs or a sea of ​​flowers?
It 's not easy to combine all your wishes.
Therefore, it is useful to keep, especially in the beginningto keep things simple. Do not overdo it.
It takes a while before you have your own piece of paradise.

So think carefully about the features you want in your garden - a lounge, playroom, flowers - before you get started.

2. Start slowly ...
If you are the new owner of a house or apartment with a garden or balcony, it is a good idea to begin with small steps.. In your first planting season, you may discover dreams of the previous owner under the black earth of the garden. Many plants are perennials and continue to bloom year after year. Other parts of the garden maybe need to be dug out and addressed.

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A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Finnish garden.
A John Deere L120 lawn mower in a Finnish garden. | Source

3. How much can you do yourself?
It is important to find a balance. Between time, knowledge and money. Many gardeners find it fun to do everything themselves. Others prefer to hire professionals : garden designers and landscapers. But you can do a lot yourself and you can always ask your neighbors to help ...

4. What are the weather conditions ?
There are many different hardiness zones within a country. Ask your local garden center or nursery for advice. They can tell you everything about plants, climate and soil. If you buy any plants without asking advice first, gardening can be costly.

5. Height, season and color.
There are three simple things you should remember when you plant flowers : height, season and color.
Choose plants with flowering periods that overlap, so you can enjoy blooming plants longer. Choose colors that fit together.
Ensure that large plants do not hang over smaller plants.

6. Invest in good quality
You can of course cheap and inexpensive gardening tools at the supermarket.
But plants do not grow well in poor, nutrient-poor soil.
And good tools should be able to last much longer than one season.
So buy good tools and materials !
You might end up paying a little more for tools and materials, but you will certainly have more fun with it.

7. Share with friends and neighbors
Not everyone in the neighborhood needs to own the expensive stuff, their own lawn mower or cultivator.
Borrow from your neighbors or buy expensive machines together with your neighbors (and buy good equipment !).
You can plant bulbs and share and exchange with your friends and neighbors, and exchange tips and strategies to help each other when there are heavy things that need to be lifted.
And invite them to a garden party afterwards to thank them!

Gardening for Beginners. How to plant a flower garden

Checkered flower garden in Tours, France. Gardening for Beginners
Checkered flower garden in Tours, France. Gardening for Beginners | Source

8. Useful tools for garden beginners

• Shovel (for excavation )
• Rake
• Lawnmower
• Garden shears
• Lopping Shears
• Garden hose and nozzles

Gardening for Beginners

Image by M. D. Vaden of Oregon. Some pruning tools belonging to Oregon Certified Landscape Technician & Arborist, Mario Vaden, a specialist in pruning and arborsculpture. Curved pruning saw and scabbard for storage. Folding saw. Bypass loppers for bi
Image by M. D. Vaden of Oregon. Some pruning tools belonging to Oregon Certified Landscape Technician & Arborist, Mario Vaden, a specialist in pruning and arborsculpture. Curved pruning saw and scabbard for storage. Folding saw. Bypass loppers for bi | Source

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A Perfect Lawn

A properly landscaped lawn is the foundation for beautiful, lush greenery. But errors made in the beginning can not be offset by intense care in a later phase.
Start your lawn by loosening the soil with a tiller. Afterwards, the soil should be given some rest before uneven pieces can be equalized. Fine-grained soil is ideal to make sure the grass seed can grow properly. After seeding the grass start spreading fertilizer evenly (about 30 g / m²) and use a rake to mix the fertilizer with the soil. The newly landscaped lawn should be kept evenly moist so fragile sprouted grass does not dry out.

The first mowing must be done with recently sharpened blades so that the young grass is cut and not torn.
Do not cut more than one-third of the culm length.
The cutting height for lawns with average use varies depending on the weather and the season between 3 and 5 cm.


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    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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      5 years ago

      Enjoyed your pictures and the accompanying text. Very nice.

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Nothing beats a pretty flower!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Excellent tips for the new gardener and a timely reminder for some of the older one. I have ambitions to extend my veggie patch but I can't resist a pretty flower so the blooms are taking over and my small lawn is ever decreasing. Great hub, very useful.

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Annart thanks. I love you saying "from the sublime to the ridiculous". Feel that that sometimes also applies to life (and gardens). Eiddwen thanks for your thumbs up too.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and voted up. Now looking forward to many more.


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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      Great advice for novices; I love gardening and am slowly learning from trial and error. In France we had two huge areas of grass so most of it was mowing old orchard land. Here we have no grass at all, so have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. Though the garden is mostly laid to slabs, we have a couple of small borders and I have lots of pots. The pots are varied, some holding a variety of flowers, some for herbs and a couple with shrubs.

      This is a timely hub for this time of year and because I've just spent most of the day weeding and seeding. I'm sharing this because it's a must for novice gardeners and points out many of the pitfalls.

      Just one tip - if you're not sure of the best time to do things in your garden, do it when you have time! Great read. Up, +++ & sharing.

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      AliciaC and CyberShelley thanks for dropping in and for your kind comments.

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      Shelley Watson 

      5 years ago

      Lovely useful advice for anyone who wants to get into this lifelong rewarding pleasure. Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This hub contains useful suggestions for starting a garden. I loved seeing the picture of Butchart Gardens as the first photo in the hub. That's my favourite garden of all!

    • raymondphilippe profile imageAUTHOR

      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Hope the spring will be a good one for your garden

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gardening at this time of year is my pleasure to get out and prepare with your useful ideas makes it easier and simpler.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Without hope no garden blooms!

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      5 years ago from USA

      I'm a basic container gardening girl, as my attempts to do anything more ambitious have yet to prove successful. I am ever hopeful, though.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.



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