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Gardening Tips to Solve Common Problems

From Monday 26th April to Sunday 2nd May 2021, National Gardening Week aims to encourage more people out into the garden. With this in mind, we bring you a few handy gardening tips to solve common problems, from pepping up the roses to bumper vegetable crops, ideal for novice gardeners.

Gardening tips - woman and child watering flowers

Why get out in the garden?

It doesn’t how big or small your outdoor space, grabbing your trainers and heading out into the garden to spend time tending to plants has shown many benefits for both physical and mental health. Whether it is growing plants in tubs on a balcony or taken care of manicured gardens, half an hour of gardening will restore the balance of mind, body and soul – or certainly go a long way to do so!

There are other reasons why people garden. Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs introduce new, and some would argue superior, flavours to your plate. Whether you grow your own at home or are one of the many people enjoying the space of an allotment, the how and why we garden has changed over the years.

This is the point of National Gardening Week. This annual celebration of everything horticultural aims to encourage more people, from all backgrounds and ages, to get involved in gardening.

The smallest of outdoor spaces can be ‘converted’ to a thriving garden, full of scented plants and colourful blooms, and alive with the buzz and scurrying of insects. And if you’re worried about them getting into your home, you can always install a screen to keep them out!

You don’t have to invest hundreds of pounds in gardening equipment, pots, plants and irrigation systems either. A plastic pot, empty food containers or recycled material can become a flower border. And a watering system can be a simple jug that can be used to collect rainwater.

But what gardening tips do experienced horticulturalists have for newbies?

Woman holding watering can

Solving common gardening problems

As a beginner, the garden can seem like a daunting place. There is always plenty of advice and practical tips, however, for getting the best from the outdoor space you have.

1) A little planning goes a long way

Spend time with an experienced gardener and you’ll soon see just how much time they spend planning their garden, from which crops to plant where to their choice of blooms.

As a new gardener, spending some time planning the space you have is one of the most important gardening tips you’ll ever receive.

Not all plants work well, together, for example. Some require dry soil, whilst other likes their roots to remain moist at all times. Others have a strong growth habit, climbing and spreading their branches far and wide, meaning that other more delicate plants will soon be crowded out. Some plants prefer full sun, other partial sun and shade and others prefer to be in shade all the time.

Take a look at your planting choices to determine what conditions they like and don’t like.

2) Choose easy-to-grow and care for plants to start

Some plants take more effort to grow and care for. Whilst this doesn’t mean as a new gardener you can’t or shouldn’t grow them, if you plant them and they fail, it can be a little disheartening.

Fantastic plants to grow, especially from seed, are:

  • Nasturtiums – these are literally a ‘plant and forget’ flower (apart from keeping them moist with regular watering). These pretty trumpet-like orange, yellow and red flowers are in plentiful supply throughout the summer. They are also very attractive to caterpillars, ideal if you want to encourage more wildlife into your garden.
  • Sunflowers – these bright yellow flowerheads never fail to delight and can grow up to a staggering 16 foot (or more). Plant a seed in compost in a clean yoghurt pot and place on a windowsill. When it has sprouted into a strong seedling, plant out into a pot outside or in a flowerbed. Do this when the risk of night-time frosts have passed.
  • Marigolds – yellow and orange, these have a delightful fragrance. They add a little height to borders, especially dotted around in-between bedding plants.

3) A weed are plants you don’t want

Traditionally, we have associated the term weed with certain plants such as dandelions. However, the modern way of gardening is that ALL plants are welcome in the garden as they all bring something to the space. Dandelions, for example, are attractive to bees and other insects.

The is the first of many sustainable gardening tips for the newbie gardener that weeds are the plants that you don’t want in your garden or that are beginning to take over, squeezing out other plants.

Stay on top of weeds by picking them out of flower beds and borders as soon as they poke their heads through. If you prefer enjoying your garden from a deckchair while the sun is out, you can always spend a few minutes each evening searching for and eradicating these pesky plants, as long as the lighting is good enough.

4) Plant bee-friendly blooms

Little girl and grandmother watering flowers

The bee population in the UK is under pressure and so this tip is key to not only successful gardening but supporting the biodiversity of the garden and the environment – and the planet – as a whole.

If you have the space, give over part of your garden to a wildflower meadow. There are various ways of doing this from seed mate that you simply roll out, cover with a light layer of compost and water, or tubs of seeds that are simply scattered in your chosen area.

5) Choose native plants and flowers

Another of the many sustainable gardening tips you’ll come across is to plant native British flowers. Not only do these attract insects, but they also support biodiversity as well as the population of native flowers, some of which are under pressure of being bred from existence.

6) Ditch chemical pesticides in favour of natural solutions

Slugs are not the gardener’s friend, but slug pellets are unsightly, as well as being dangerous to dogs, cats and other wildlife. The pesticides and insecticides that have been relied upon for decades are no longer encouraged in the garden.

Encourage birds into the garden by feeding them and they will keep slugs and other insects at bay.

The garden is a great place to be. Spend time planting and tending your garden but don’t forget to sit and enjoy it too. As the days grow longer, you may even want to invest in some garden lighting to allow you to spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labour. After all, a well-kept garden is a wonderful place to be!

Flower photo created by prostooleh – www.freepik.com

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