Spring Into Gardening
It’s that time of year again – the experienced gardeners are digging out their tools and cleaning out their flower beds and preparing for another season of gardening glory. But what if you’re new to the gardening game and you’re not quite sure where to start?
We’ve put together some easy tips to help you green your thumb and take up gardening without getting overwhelmed. These 6 tips will assist in making your gardening season a pleasurable one free from stress, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors!
1. Start small. Too many people take on too much; they get overwhelmed and give up. For your first year, take the time to build your knowledge, read and talk to friends and suppliers. To avoid stress and get the maximum reward out of your gardening hobby take short cuts, make it easy by using plants instead of seeds.
2. Starting the season. As with any physical training schedule, start off slow and gradually build your gardening time and activities. Gardening can be a demanding activity with lifting, stretching and contorting. Experts warn gardeners to consider gardening as any other type of exercise, and remind them that they need to work up to longer and intense sessions.
3. Learn the best way to lift and lean. A day in the garden can be just as risky as doing a 5km run by someone who has not trained for it. Gardeners are prone to injuries such as muscle strain and sore backs due to overexertion. Refresh yourself on how to properly lift heavy objects – including bags of mulch and fertilizer – here.
4. Cover up. When working in the garden, flip flops just won’t do, even if it is a warm day, it is important to wear a good sturdy shoe. Also clothing that covers, a wide brimmed hat to cover from harmful UV rays and help prevent sunstroke, it is very easy to lose track of time while working in the gardening, leaving you spending countless hours working in the sun. Sunscreen and bug spray are also two very important items not to be forgotten. A sunburn or bug bites could deter anyone from returning to the garden.
5. Storage is king. You do not need a large shed for storing gardening items. These helpful solutions will help the gardener with the smallest of storage areas. First, only buy what you need. That way, you do not have access supplies laying about, needing storage. Buy tools that are mulit-purpose. You can use lidded garbage cans for storing homemade organic fertilizers, use empty milk crates for storing items, they hold a lot and are very easy to stack!
6. Don’t lose your tools. No matter how organized you storage space is, it is still very easy to misplace gardening tools, creating challenges if you are looking for that one specific tool. One way to keep tools at your fingertips is to paint all of the handles the same color, that will make looking for tools is easy. If you have newer tools with foam grip, that cannot be painted, you could try tying a colored plastic bag through the handles. The bag will withstand dirt, water and wear and tear.
Gardening is a great way to get outside, enjoy some gentle exercise and get back to nature. Share pictures of your garden – new or old – on our Facebook Page this summer and tell us how you keep your flowers growing.