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Whether you are just getting started with gardening or you have done it for years, there are plenty of tips and tricks to gardening that can help make your experience easier.

Use Toilet Paper Rolls

I know this seems crazy, but those leftover toilet paper rolls you have can be used to create small planters that are biodegradable. The toilet paper rolls will work best for getting your herbs or small seedlings started so that you can move them to a larger pot or garden area when they are ready.

Make Sure You Have the Right Spot Picked Out

When it comes to choosing the space for your garden, you will want to make sure you have a space where your fruits and vegetables will get enough sun. Since many of these plants need at least 6-7 hours of full sun, keep an eye on the yard to see where the sun hits the most and plan to create your garden there.

When you are choosing a space for your garden, you will also want to be sure you have easy access to water. If you are using a hose, you will want to make sure you have a hose pipe that can reach so you can properly water your garden and give your plants a drink as they need it.

Follow zoning guides. There are many resources available where you can see what zone you are in. The zone you are in will make a difference on how well your garden will do and what will grow best in your area. 

Add Mulch

If you add some mulch around each plant of your garden, the mulch will act as a barrier and help reduce the number of weeds that decide to pop up. 

Mulch will also help keep moisture into the ground, so you won’t have to water your garden as much.

Use Leftover Veggies or Produce to Get Started

If you regularly buy fruits and veggies from your local market or grocery store, there are a few different fruits and vegetables that you can regrow yourself from any leftover kitchen scraps that you have.

  • Lettuce
  • Herbs like cilantro and basil 
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Avocados
  • Potatoes
  • Pineapple, peaches and plums
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes

These are just a few of the veggies that you can regrow from your kitchen scraps. You will want to do a bit of research to see the best way to get the plants started before you just put the leftovers in the ground.

Get Creative When It Comes to Space

If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, there are a lot of creative ways you can still have a garden. One of the best ways is to use large planters, you can repurpose a shoe or shower rack to grow herbs and spices, you can also purchase space-saving containers to help you save room. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try different objects or storage items to plant your mini garden!

The Paper Towel Trick

If you travel or often forget to water your plants a lot, there is one paper towel trick that might save you. Take a glass of water and set one end of a rolled-up paper towel inside of the water and place the other end of the paper towel into the soil of your small planter. The paper towel will soak up and transfer the water from the glass to the dirt helping keep your plants watered.

These are just a few tips and tricks to gardening that can come in handy for new and experienced gardeners.

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145 Comments

  • Reply Tracy Nixon

    If you have children, start by planting some vegetables, such as salad vegetables. My children are a lot more willing to try and enjoy eating the vegetables they have helped to grow or grown themselves.

    27th April 2020 at 11:18 AM
  • Reply Iain maciver

    this would be amazing to win

    27th April 2020 at 1:10 PM
    • Reply Heather Hibbert

      Try just to plant stuff that you know you will have the time to care for!

      28th April 2020 at 11:30 AM
    • Reply Margaret Gallagher

      Make a plan – then do little bits – dont try to do everything at once

      2nd May 2020 at 10:23 AM
  • Reply amy Simpson

    Always sort seeds/bulbs into order of planting,cut grass regularily,and keep on top of weeding

    27th April 2020 at 1:21 PM
  • Reply Lorraine Williams

    Even without a lot of space you can still start to grow in pots and children love to see their seeds grow in to plants.

    27th April 2020 at 1:46 PM
  • Reply Gill Barwood

    My tip is to try some new things, as lockdown makes it more difficult to get hold of seeds, compost, plants etc. So I have raided my spice rack and have sown mustard and fenugreek seeds in a little tray as microgreens, which is something you can do indoors with kids whether you have a garden or not. Also try sowing saved seeds if its hard to find bought ones. I sowed 20 seeds from inside a cherry tomato, and now have 19 little plants! It’s not only economical, but it helps kids see where seeds come from so is a lot more fun.

    27th April 2020 at 1:46 PM
  • Reply Sheena Batey

    Little and often so you don’t end up crippled from trying to do too much and give up

    27th April 2020 at 1:46 PM
  • Reply Peter Watson

    Set achievable goals in bite-size chunks,not trying to do it all at once.

    27th April 2020 at 2:23 PM
    • Reply sarah morris

      Make a plan then keep on top. Of it

      24th May 2020 at 12:41 PM
  • Reply Solange

    Decide what you’d like to grow, choose a location, invest in basic garden tools and plant with care.

    27th April 2020 at 2:24 PM
  • Reply Lindsey Stuart

    Painting the fence, sheds and gates are a great start to getting the garden summer ready! It looks super refreshed, cut the grass (if you have any) at a high level to save burning the grass. Wash your garden pots so they are shining clean for potting some pretty plants 🙂

    27th April 2020 at 2:55 PM
    • Reply Amanda tanner

      I enjoy growing my plants from seeds to see them grow. Even starting with a grow bag to plant seeds in is a start.

      13th May 2020 at 4:27 PM
  • Reply Annabel Greaves

    It is a great thing to start to do together as a family

    27th April 2020 at 3:01 PM
  • Reply Sally Collingwood

    Clear everything first, best to work from a blank canvas!

    27th April 2020 at 3:19 PM
  • Reply Mel Pennie

    Invest in some good quality, basic garden tools. These will save you time and effort, plus make sure you keep the in good condition by cleaning before storing away.

    27th April 2020 at 3:46 PM
    • Reply Pauline Lamont

      Wasn’t much for the garden but since lockdown been weeding, cutting the grass and now planting herbs and flowers

      24th May 2020 at 1:13 PM
  • Reply Rhian Nelmes

    Start with planting bulbs in the Autumn. Easy!

    27th April 2020 at 4:07 PM
  • Reply Emma Walters

    i let the children choose some seeds they would like to grow and eat

    27th April 2020 at 4:32 PM
  • Reply Priscilla Stubbs

    Don’t try to to do too much at once, do it in sections. I usually start with weeding my front borders and gradually work around to the back

    27th April 2020 at 4:38 PM
  • Reply bev

    Identify which plants need shade and which need sun. No good planting fruit in the shade then waiting for it to ripen in the sun!

    27th April 2020 at 5:03 PM
  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER

    My tip is to have goals and don’t over do it all in one day

    27th April 2020 at 6:06 PM
  • Reply GooderDan

    Start small, and always remember to water!

    27th April 2020 at 6:12 PM
  • Reply Charlotte Isobelle

    I think you can be a beginner. I started with radish and tomatoes.

    27th April 2020 at 6:31 PM
  • Reply Victoria Jardine

    I’m not sure I have any top tips, so I will be checking back here to see what else I can learn! I’m very new to gardening and don’t really know where to start, so this would be brilliant to win!

    27th April 2020 at 7:50 PM
  • Reply fiona waterworth

    chose some easy to grow plants such as sunflowers, then maybe some peas as they grow readily and the children can pick and eat the peas

    27th April 2020 at 8:06 PM
  • Reply Sharon Saunders

    Don’t worry about the results just try a range of seeds and see what happens!

    27th April 2020 at 8:32 PM
  • Reply Fiona jk42

    If you buy one those potted basil plants from the supermarket, you can use it to grow dozens of large basil plants. Take the plants out of the pot, and carefully separate them into individual plants, then plant each in its own pot of compost. Put on a sunny windowsill, and water weekly or more frequently if the compost dries out. You can move the pots outside once the night temperature is over 12 degrees C.

    27th April 2020 at 9:31 PM
  • Reply Hayley Atkins

    What a lovely gardening giveaway. I am growing lots more veg this year and all these great items would be well used.

    27th April 2020 at 11:40 PM
  • Reply Ruth Harwood

    start small and plant a couple, use a little homemade fertilizer and watch! I began with a windowbox, just to find out if I could keep some alive lol!!

    28th April 2020 at 9:20 AM
  • Reply Alex Bell

    Get your hands dirty! No, really, I mean it: just start with anything!

    28th April 2020 at 10:45 AM
  • Reply Harry G

    Always start easy – strawberries are great for this

    28th April 2020 at 11:03 AM
  • Reply Allan Wilson

    Get the veg started early in seed trays on the windowsill and wait until the last frost before hardening off.

    28th April 2020 at 11:21 AM
  • Reply Helen Markham

    Just what I need right now 😊

    28th April 2020 at 11:35 AM
  • Reply Mari Sutherland

    Don’t be over ambitious to start with. Pick a small project and complete it.

    28th April 2020 at 11:50 AM
  • Reply Eileen Hindley

    Start small before you grow big 🙂

    28th April 2020 at 12:25 PM
  • Reply Kathleen Marsden

    Start on a sunny day, it always makes me want to do some gardening.

    28th April 2020 at 12:26 PM
  • Reply ashleigh allan

    Get started now when we have more time to be around the garden!

    28th April 2020 at 1:33 PM
  • Reply Susan Chafer

    I’m spending a lot of time in the garden at the moment. It’s a good way to reduce stress and anxiety.

    28th April 2020 at 1:34 PM
  • Reply Debbie Burfoot

    we just buy some easy growing seeds like tomatoes, cress, courgettes and give it a go. its great fun to watch them grow.

    28th April 2020 at 1:59 PM
  • Reply chelsey hollings

    Planting some herbs is a great starter. I have 2 small girls and get them evolved and they love seeing them grow and get excited when they can try them.

    28th April 2020 at 2:22 PM
  • Reply Vanessa EARLE

    Just get planting and don’t let the seeds dry out, keep them watered!

    28th April 2020 at 2:28 PM
  • Reply Denise S

    do a plan and start with a small achievable goal , otherwise its too overwhelming , maybe a small herb bed is a good start , so that it is useful achievable and spurs you on to do other things.

    28th April 2020 at 3:12 PM
  • Reply PAULINE HILL

    EQUIP YOUR SELF WITH ALL THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED THEN ATTACK IT

    28th April 2020 at 4:48 PM
  • Reply Kim M

    Planting in containers is easy to start with x

    28th April 2020 at 4:49 PM
  • Reply Natalie Burgess

    Starting with flowers such as sunflowers with the children and building a vegetable patch up slowly xx

    28th April 2020 at 6:06 PM
  • Reply Jayne Townson

    Start off planting a few easy to grow things, like peas, tomatoes or potatoes. Once you’ve tasted a few of your homegrown fruit and veggies there is no going back, they taste so much better then shop ones.

    28th April 2020 at 6:54 PM
  • Reply Danika Lloyd

    Plan and grow what you will enjoy the outcome of and don’t be scared to change it up with your situation – we were having beautiful flowers but now have a toddler friendly fruit and veg patch

    28th April 2020 at 7:54 PM
  • Reply Helen Tovell

    Grow the things that will save you the most money

    28th April 2020 at 8:41 PM
  • Reply Caroline H

    Before you even start think carefully about how you want your garden to work for you and what you want from it. That will inform how you plan it (e.g. you want a veg patch, childrens’ play area and drying area you’ll have to plan it in a way that your veg and washing isn’t in the firing line of balls, feet etc.)

    28th April 2020 at 9:02 PM
  • Reply ellie spider

    start with something small and simple like daffs for flowers or strawberries / potatoes for edibles

    28th April 2020 at 10:06 PM
  • Reply Katie B

    We have a small section in the garden in which we grow veg! We’re planting tomatoes at the moment!

    29th April 2020 at 1:14 AM
  • Reply Rich Tyler

    Veggies will re-pay all your hard work!

    29th April 2020 at 3:25 AM
  • Reply michelle o'neill

    start with easy growers, nothing too complicated, learn as you go along

    29th April 2020 at 5:48 AM
  • Reply Susan Smith

    Start at one end, have a plan to what you want to sow, always good to have plants or shrubs for butterflies and bees, and i always use a good fertilizer

    29th April 2020 at 11:41 AM
    • Reply Lucy carter

      Start with things that are easy to care for then progress to the more difficult gardening

      24th May 2020 at 8:37 AM
  • Reply Louise Dray

    We have a small section in the garden in which we grow veg! We’re planting tomatoes today.

    29th April 2020 at 3:18 PM
  • Reply Andrea Fletcher

    Get children involved planting sunflowers or sweet peas and growing fruit and veg is very rewarding if you have the space, potatoes, beans & strawberries are very easy to grow & taste so much better than shop bought.

    29th April 2020 at 5:10 PM
  • Reply Richard Field

    Start small. Clear some space then start growing and it will not be overwhelming.

    30th April 2020 at 10:24 AM
  • Reply Ursula Hunt

    Tackle little bits at a time, if you look at the project at as a whole it can be daunting

    30th April 2020 at 10:34 AM
  • Reply Christine Constable

    My tip is to plant some seeds that germinate quickly, then you get the joy of seeing them growing and it spurs you on to do more.

    30th April 2020 at 3:34 PM
  • Reply Caroline Tinsley

    Two years ago I moved to a house with a garden after 20 years of living with just a small yard. I didn’t have a clue where to start, so I decided to work with what was already here and get to grips with that first. After a lot of googling and YouTube I now know how to look after all the plants that were already here.

    1st May 2020 at 12:16 PM
  • Reply judy kennedy

    Gets some bulbs of your favourite flowers its a real thrill when those tulips popped up that yopu had forgortton all about

    1st May 2020 at 12:48 PM
  • Reply Jodie Hailstone

    I started with easy flowering plants and just got in a routine of dead heading and feeding them

    1st May 2020 at 1:27 PM
  • Reply Michelle Smith

    It’s important to keep on top of the weeding

    1st May 2020 at 2:17 PM
  • Reply Mandy Doherty

    Plant things that are easy to grow to start such as tomatoes

    2nd May 2020 at 9:31 AM
  • Reply Rebecca Sutton

    Have a good idea of what your planting and a think about where your going to put it, then work from there

    2nd May 2020 at 11:25 PM
  • Reply William Gould

    We have small fruit trees and bushes among our flowers. As these need regular care through the Spring and Summer, it’s easier then to do the whole bed while you’re at it!

    3rd May 2020 at 8:02 AM
  • Reply Rachel Butterworth

    Ask a neighbours advice, especially if their gardens in good condition. The better your garden looks the more it enhances theirs.

    3rd May 2020 at 3:23 PM
  • Reply Kerstin B

    Start with something easy to grow like tomatoes or sunflowers.

    5th May 2020 at 11:49 AM
  • Reply Emma davison

    Start small so that it does not feel intimidating. House plants are a good start.

    6th May 2020 at 7:01 AM
  • Reply Joanne Greer

    Start with growing easy things, like herbs. You can still grow plants if you haven’t got a big garden, just grow in plant pots.

    7th May 2020 at 7:44 AM
  • Reply Jennifer Mai

    A cup of tea and a stroll around to see what needs doing! : )

    8th May 2020 at 1:30 PM
  • Reply Sarah Cooper

    Start with planting a simple sunflower and watch the joy it brings.

    8th May 2020 at 2:22 PM
  • Reply Mark Fridlington

    My tip is to start in a small area, so as not to get overawed, panic and thereby lose enthusiasm. Also, to plant some quick growing flowers as this will give you a morale boost.

    9th May 2020 at 10:15 AM
  • Reply Jodie W

    Just do a small section at a time, bit by bit it will come together.

    13th May 2020 at 6:20 AM
    • Reply Victoria Easton

      Have open ideas as plants have a mind of their own and make sure that you give them the climate they like, it really makes a difference!

      23rd May 2020 at 5:15 PM
  • Reply claire w

    I would say make a plan and set achievable things to complete and just enjoy being in the garden.

    13th May 2020 at 9:33 PM
  • Reply Susan Willshee

    if you are a new gardener don’t rely on seeds to fill your garden. These take a while to propagate and need constant attention for the first few weeks. Start with plug plants from garden centres or local garden shops. Once you have begun to fill the garden with more stable plants, then you can begin to think about backfilling the gaps with seedlings

    14th May 2020 at 10:06 PM
  • Reply Simon Bloomer

    What a great way to get the kids interested in gardening

    17th May 2020 at 11:51 AM
  • Reply Janet Richardson

    Think about fragrance when you choose your plants – walking around a scented garden is such a pleasure

    18th May 2020 at 12:36 PM
  • Reply donna jones

    plan ahead

    19th May 2020 at 8:49 AM
  • Reply Victoria Prince

    Don’t get carried away – start small and gradually expand, otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed and then lose the will to do anything! Especially if you’re growing veg

    19th May 2020 at 5:21 PM
    • Reply Rachael Sexey

      Start small

      24th May 2020 at 11:43 AM
  • Reply lynn neal

    I try to buy something that is in flower each month at the garden centre so I will have something beautiful every month of the year!

    19th May 2020 at 8:32 PM
  • Reply James Travis

    Break everything down, do a little bit each day so you don’t become overwhelmed

    19th May 2020 at 11:10 PM
  • Reply Karen Barrett

    Use whatever containers you have, I have an old water tank and mesh wallpaper baskets that make fabulous wall troughs

    20th May 2020 at 8:02 AM
  • Reply ROCHELLE LEAR

    draw up a plan for how you want it to look, plants, borders etc.

    20th May 2020 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Sandra Fortune

    Find out what grows best in your soil in the garden . I grow what does well. Growing in lots of large containers is good using the right soil

    21st May 2020 at 12:13 PM
  • Reply claire toplis

    Perfect for lockdown gardening

    21st May 2020 at 2:03 PM
  • Reply Sare Davies

    I recommend doing half an hour each morning. I find it gives me a boost for the day, fresh air, exercise and a sense of achievement. It’s amazing how much you get done too.

    21st May 2020 at 9:21 PM
  • Reply Richard R

    Keep weeding every day to keep the pesky weeds in check

    22nd May 2020 at 2:00 AM
    • Reply Carolyn E

      My tip is not to get carried away with the excitement of growing your own veg and planting too many courgette plants !

      24th May 2020 at 6:58 PM
  • Reply Rita Nardone

    This would be nice for when we eventually move in to our own house

    22nd May 2020 at 8:15 AM
  • Reply Leslie Evans

    Decide on what you want to do but don’t plan on doing to much, that gives you the drive to start.

    22nd May 2020 at 1:38 PM
  • Reply chris bull

    Start with something that’s pretty much guaranteed to grow, like potatoes

    23rd May 2020 at 8:20 AM
  • Reply Ali

    Love getting back into gardening at the moment

    23rd May 2020 at 10:10 AM
  • Reply Ali

    Love getting back into gardening at the moment

    23rd May 2020 at 10:10 AM
  • Reply Jenny Rogers

    Start small and get some advice from someone who know what they are doing.

    23rd May 2020 at 11:46 AM
  • Reply Katrina Adams

    My top tip is to just pick a small part of your garden and get started. That’s the hardest part, but it’s quite addictive once you start seeing things grow.

    23rd May 2020 at 11:59 AM
  • Reply Jessica Barber

    Start small – the whole garden might feel overwhelming so focus on a small area and tackle that, before moving on to the rest!

    23rd May 2020 at 1:03 PM
  • Reply Laura Pritchard

    I find it easier to start from scratch rather than undo what’s already there & make it better. And, if in doubt, the answer is always “gravel it”!

    23rd May 2020 at 1:54 PM
  • Reply Michelle Ptak

    Little and often and sow some seeds, it feels so rewarding when they grow from a tiny seed.

    23rd May 2020 at 4:43 PM
  • Reply kim neville

    start with easy seeds to grow and make sure water regularly

    23rd May 2020 at 5:13 PM
  • Reply ribs

    Always good for the mind to get into gardening

    23rd May 2020 at 6:20 PM
  • Reply Eileen Sumner

    Only grow veg that the family like

    23rd May 2020 at 7:02 PM
  • Reply Jean Anderson

    Gardening is a great comfort to me and hundreds of others at this sad time in our history. This is a fanastic prize.

    23rd May 2020 at 7:53 PM
  • Reply Sheri Darby

    Plan a section to weed and then plant something there

    23rd May 2020 at 8:14 PM
  • Reply Marion Payne

    Start with enriching the soil so you have a good basis for planting young plants and bulbs

    24th May 2020 at 2:15 AM
  • Reply Amy Bondoc

    to making sure you keep on top of it! regular cutting of grass and weed pulling!

    24th May 2020 at 4:25 AM
  • Reply Debra Walker

    Make sure to plant seeds in the right season

    24th May 2020 at 4:55 AM
  • Reply John Mcgovern

    My top tip is to make a plan for the whole garden for all seasons before you start digging. Visit garden centers and look at seed and flower websites for inspiration.

    24th May 2020 at 7:16 AM
  • Reply Claire Rees

    Start with a list of what you need, I realised I had ran out of top soil so couldn’t plant anything.

    24th May 2020 at 7:50 AM
  • Reply Geri Gregg

    make a list of things you want to garden or change, then work your way through your list. Feel welcome to get the whole family involved!

    24th May 2020 at 8:08 AM
  • Reply Erica Hughes

    Seeds are a good place to start. You can watch the wonder of nature and get a real sense of achievement.

    24th May 2020 at 9:11 AM
  • Reply Susan B

    Clear the space of any weeds and junk so you can see what space you’ve got, make a note of how much sunshine you get then plan and buy your plants accordingly.

    24th May 2020 at 9:38 AM
  • Reply sue cornish

    dont be too ambitious star off small

    24th May 2020 at 9:41 AM
  • Reply AmandaS

    Patience!

    24th May 2020 at 10:46 AM
  • Reply Fiona Martin

    Find a little patch where you can try out growing different things and learn what is easiest and works well in your soil.

    24th May 2020 at 11:58 AM
  • Reply Lorraine

    Grow things such as potatoes and carrots in buckets so that you can move the around etc

    24th May 2020 at 12:54 PM
  • Reply Claire Nelson

    Start with plants that the children enjoy eating so they can see the results of their work.

    24th May 2020 at 2:28 PM
  • Reply SUSAN L HALL

    I have just started and have started with herbs and fruit – if you get things to eat at the end it does encourage you.

    24th May 2020 at 2:32 PM
  • Reply Carly Belsey

    Just spend as much time as you enjoy outdoors and plant the bulbs/seeds at the right time.

    24th May 2020 at 3:27 PM
  • Reply Maria Jane Knight

    Start with something simple, like potting up flowers. If you are worried about creating or even tidying boarders, just pop some fully grown plants into pots to brighten up your garden space.

    24th May 2020 at 3:45 PM
  • Reply MERYL Thomas

    AT the beginning chose easy plants to grow, so that you have success and then want to try some of themore difficult plants

    24th May 2020 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Selena Longworth

    Use a smart speaker to remind you to water.

    24th May 2020 at 4:15 PM
  • Reply Magsd

    Reuse things in the home to pot your plants in milk cartons and yoghurt pots are great for that

    24th May 2020 at 4:18 PM
  • Reply Nadia Josephine

    This would be great for getting the garden in shape @cin

    24th May 2020 at 5:01 PM
  • Reply laura stewart

    keep ontop of it x

    24th May 2020 at 5:04 PM
  • Reply Sam Parkes

    Get the kids involved planting. We are doing little bits at a time in our garden, just finished making a veg patch

    24th May 2020 at 5:09 PM
  • Reply Maria B

    Get someone who knows what they are doing to give you tips and pointers (and cuttings)!

    24th May 2020 at 6:45 PM
  • Reply Hayley F

    Don’t buy to much stuff or you will get overwhelmed. Start with a small flower bed x

    24th May 2020 at 6:55 PM
  • Reply natalie s

    Keep watering and weeding

    24th May 2020 at 7:49 PM
  • Reply fiona johnstone

    Perhaps start buy planting up some pots and a hanging basket using young plants from a garden centre. This will produce a lovely display very quickly. Then try planting some seeds. You can use yoghurt pots or the like to start of with before moving on to bigger pots or containers.

    24th May 2020 at 8:38 PM
  • Reply Amy Jo

    To just get out there and give it a go even if you don’t know what you’re doing!

    24th May 2020 at 8:51 PM
  • Reply Ruth Amy Wollerton

    Get everyone to help from big to small, it’s more fun and it gets the job done quicker

    24th May 2020 at 8:59 PM
  • Reply Theresa Thomas

    Start with something easy to grow like Courgettesq

    24th May 2020 at 9:27 PM
  • Reply Violet Phillippo

    It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, it doesn’t work, it doesn’t grow – just have a go!

    24th May 2020 at 9:33 PM
  • Reply Sarah Roberts

    l find the internet and youtube a great tool. l have never really done much gardening so when l started l had no idea its great to check when plants need planting and it they need protecting from Frost etc

    24th May 2020 at 10:06 PM
  • Reply Nikki Easton

    I think getting the area your wanting to plant in ready first is a good place to start. Raised beds are great, then move on to picking your seeds. Cant beat easy growers such as peas. They never make it back to the house.

    24th May 2020 at 10:35 PM
  • Reply A.E. ADKINS

    Start with letting the kids playing digging to help prepare the earth

    24th May 2020 at 11:03 PM
  • Reply Tracy B

    Think about what you want to grow and how you’re going to grow it, check out the light your garden gets at different times of the day to plan where you’re going to site your plants according to their needs and start with something simple to boost your confidence

    24th May 2020 at 11:05 PM
  • Reply Catherine Gregory

    Start small. Maybe with some colourful plants or some herbs then as you get more confident add more

    24th May 2020 at 11:19 PM
  • Reply Georgie Wright

    Find out where the sun hits your garden and when so you can plan the best place for plants to go depending on whether they like full sun or shade for example. You’ll also need to know which direction your garden faces and the type of soil.

    24th May 2020 at 11:23 PM
  • Reply Rachel Craig

    Make that most of what opportunities you have:- As these can vary for each individual / family, etc. If no garden there may be the opportunity of perhaps plant pots, window box, community garden (Volumteering), assisting a friend at their allotment, etc.

    Garden Centre likely to have staff that can provide information. Speaking to them can assist with planning.

    Set small achieveable aims / goals. Particularly with or for children. Perhaps start with herbs. For children to see results of their efforts can be such a delight!

    Best Wishes!

    24th May 2020 at 11:54 PM
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