The world of gardening opens up a wealth of opportunities for exercise and nutrition while being an absorbing and useful hobby. It can, however, sometimes seem as though practitioners are speaking a different language, and many are intimidated when they attempt to break into the world of gardening. 

Luckily for you, we have compiled a gardening guide for total beginners. From helping you troubleshoot to discovering exactly what you love to grow, here are some of the top tips to keep in mind and turn your fingers green in no time!

Start Small

Looking at the entire garden can be intimidating, so give yourself a break by starting on a smaller scale. You can corner off a section of the main space, hire a reputable company such as Trugreen lawn care to help, or purchase a raised or enclosed bed. This choice gives you a chance to get to grips with the idea of gardening, without the panic that you will mess up the entire garden, or the pressure of transforming a patch of grass into a landscaped masterpiece.

Decide what you like

The best thing about having your own garden is that you get to call the shots. Do you want to grow the vegetables for your family, or are you aspiring to enter the Chelsea Flower show someday? Whatever your preference, you will have a lot more fun gardening if you stick to something you genuinely like. This will also motivate you to take care of the watering, pruning, and weeding even on those days when it’s really not your top priority.

Do some research

When you have decided whether you are a flower or a vegetable kind of gardener, time to do some research. Find out which of your preferences are best for beginners, as these are the options you are more likely to be successful with. If you can see steady growth to start, it increases your chances of sticking with the project and seeing your seedling through to adulthood. The research will also help you to get inspired and excited about future possibilities. 

Pick a place

You want to be able to admire your new garden at every opportunity, so take the time to scout out your garden for the perfect location. Most flowers and vegetables will require a minimum of six hours of sun each day, so study the movement of the sun over the course of a few days to see where the best areas are. This action gives your new plants the best chance to grow, thrive and succeed in the sun. 

Stick with it!

Perhaps the most important aspect of keeping and maintaining a garden is sticking with it once the initial excitement has worn off. A garden is a labor of love; it can sometimes feel as though several weeks have gone by with no progress. Be patient and remain committed, and you will wake up one morning to a riot of glorious colors and scents, or else real-life food which you can enjoy fresh from the garden.