Starting a garden can often seem like a daunting task. There are so many ideas and possibilities that you can become somewhat exhausted before you even start putting plants in the ground. This becomes even more noticeable when you start looking at the myriad of gadgets and trends that offer a way forward in developing our gardening flare.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. There is a lot that can be done without all the frills and the best part is nature is always there to lend a hand.
Usually the best place to start out is with the plants that you find most appealing. Whether it is a showy sunflower, an elegant rose or a hearty heirloom tomato there is usually a plant for everyone. So start by going out and grabbing yourself an established seedling or try to propagate it from seed. You’ll learn a little more about the plant while increasing your numbers and enjoying the yield of flowers and fruits.
Don’t worry about producing enough food to feed yourself straight away if this is your reason for starting a garden. While this is important, it is more important to enjoy growing your food and learning from the mistakes at the beginning before jumping into a big project.
Then starting an annual veg bed is a great next step once you’ve become familiar with the preferred conditions of some plants. Luckily most annual vegetables are fairly straightforward to grow. This is a great way to learn hands on with the turnaround from seed to harvest being nice and quick with a tasty yield for your efforts.
If growing your own food is not your thing then maybe a bee garden with lots of wild flowers along with some roses might be the ticket. This type of garden allows a more hands off approach, with nature taking care of the work for you. With your beneficial insects in place it will also be much easier to get that veg bed going if you change your mind.
So starting a garden is one of those things where you can really add your own personal touches and create your own vibe. It can be full of rewards and at the same time be very forgiving, even when things don’t go exactly to plan.
So jump in and start gardening.