If you lack the inspiration to get your garden in shape and looking beautiful, then our 10 easy gardening tips will help you get started.
We often underestimate how much we can achieve over a weekend, especially if we have a basic plan or list.
Since gardening has many therapeutic benefits, it doesn’t have to be boring or stressful! Plus it’s a great workout!
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and lack inspiration, don’t worry we’re here to help!
1. Brighten up
Our first easy gardening tip is to add colour and lot of it. Colour doesn’t have to come from flowers alone. You also can repaint and upcycle your current furniture! And if you have some tins of paints in the shed, then you’re almost there.
It’s likely that in addition to paint, you’ll need some newspaper, paint brushes and a mask – especially if you’re planning to spray your furniture. So let’s get creative and add some colour!
2. Raised beds
You can easily add interest to any garden by using raised beds and there’s super easy to build. Start with the frame, either mounding the soil up or build one using scrap materials you already have.
Stones, untreated lumber, or cement blocks, are all great, for example. Also, make the beds no wider than 3 feet; otherwise, they’re too hard to reach across.
When you have your bed then you need to fill the centre area with soil. Next, add seeds and water. Raised beds allow for intensive gardening with plants spaced so close together that the leaves of fully grown plants touch.
Another benefit of using raised beds is that paths between them are clearly defined, which means the soil in the beds isn’t compacted by foot traffic.
Plus they’re easier to maintain as you don’t have to bend down and only require minimal work.
3. Soften house corners
Using tall shrub for the corner of the house to soften and blur the harsh edges. A shrub-like dwarf Alberta spruce that reaches 10 to 12 feet tall over about 25 years is perfect, for example.
There are a number of fast-growing trees you can plant now for quick results. And in no time, the house will fade into the garden. Nice!
4. Indoor tulips
The mere suggestion of growing your own tulips might sound mad. However, they are quite simple to grow and they always look beautiful.
Fill a glass container about 1/3 of the way with glass marbles or decorative rocks. Using a clear glass will enable you to watch the roots develop.
Set the tulip bulb on top of the marbles or stones; pointed end UP. Add a few more marbles or rocks so that the tulip bulb is surrounded but not covered (think support).
Pour fresh water into the container. The water shouldn’t touch the bulb, but it should be very close so that the roots will grow in.
We’re going to start a compost pile! It is one of the best things you can do for your garden. Compost improves the fertility of your soil, helps it retain moisture, and can suppress plant diseases. You can start a pile in a shady, well-drained spot in your garden.
Simply, alternate layers of food waste such as coffee grounds and peelings with garden wast like leaves, wood chips, etc. Use roughly a 2-to-1 ratio for the best results. And add a thin layer of soil to get the process started. You’ll also want to keep the pile moist.
6. Don’t forget seating!
There’s nothing quite like relaxing on a seat or bench with a book and a glass of wine. Hence our 6th easy gardening tip is find the perfect spot for your chair. Make sure it’s in a quite place so you can read or sleep or simply just watch the world go by. Bliss!
7. What’s the smell?
Trim your pathway with lavender. Why? The colour’s great and the scent, as you brush against it, is truly relaxing. It’s one our favourite easy gardening tips!
8. Vegetable patch
This is another fantastic, easy gardening tip that shouldn’t cost the earth! (sorry for the bad pun!) Start by thinking about what space you have and which vegetables will grow best for your climate and soil.
Then when you’re ready it’s time to get planting and watering. Of course, you’ll get better at growing vegetables through trial and error.
Also starting a small vegetable patch is a great way to teach kids about how to grow food, where it comes from and how to make healthier choices.
9. Herb window boxes
Window boxes are the perfect ‘mini garden’ and, because of their sheltered position, survive most winter frosts. So, why not fill one up with some perennial herbs that will last for years?
Choose pretty herb varieties, such as variegated sage, yellow oregano and red-veined sorrel – they’ll look as bright as flowers and taste delicious, too.
If you’re really interest then you’ll want to read our guide to starting your own herb garden.
10. Garden swing
The final of our easy gardening tips: if you’re a romantic at heart why not make space for a garden swing?
It can add a sense of drama to a small garden or decking area. Wrap flowers and leaves around the sides for a flower-child vibe.
Our top easy gardening tips
So there you have 10 cost effective and easy gardening tips. The best place to start is to think about setting aside a weekend to get in the garden in order to kick start the process.
Once you’ve done the heavy lifting, then you’ll only need a hour or two each week to keep on top of your garden.