Encouraging Tips for the Reluctant Gardener

Val MillsStarred Page By Val Mills, 3rd Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/xbex7ukd/
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Gardening is not as difficult as it seems, from the experience of a previously reluctant gardener.

Coming to Gardening as a Beginner

For many years I was convinced I was not a gardener. My husband enjoyed that role and was good at it. I encouraged him and admired his work, but never felt the need to garden myself.
There came a time, however, when his health no longer allowed him to attend to the garden as he once had. For about a year I watched things get out of hand. Weeds grow rather quickly when they know they have a free run. Eventually, however, I knew I had to do something. The time had come for me to become a gardener.

Start Gardening with Small Steps

At first the whole task looked rather daunting, until I realised it was best to tackle one small section at a time.. Still convinced I knew nothing about gardening, especially the difference between weeds and plants, I procrastinated, until the time came when the jungle could be ignored no longer.
I started pulling everything in sight, probably just as many good plants as weeds. But soon I had a considerable cleared section with which to work and I felt good. My husband then told me how to prepare the soil and add compost before I planted anything. It didn't take long for the little cleared patch to be ready to be transformed.

Ask for Help When You Need It

When you're a beginning gardener it's important not to be afraid to ask for help. One of the best places I found to start was YouTube. You'll be amazed at how many videos there are to help with even the most simple gardening skills. Just search how to do something and there will be plenty of gardening tips to choose from.
There is also plenty of other advice online for beginning gardeners, as well as books easily obtainable from the library.
Friends and family who are keen gardeners are always ready to encourage you by giving helpful advice, so don't ignore them either.

Be Consistent until Gardening Becomes a Habit

Once you have your garden under control and looking as a garden should you'll feel immense satisfaction. The job, however, doesn't stop there. You need to make gardening a regular habit.
Remember to take small steps to developing and maintaining your new garden. Ask for help when you need it. And continue to make gardening a regular part of your life.

Other gardening articles by Val Mills:
Grow Your Own Vegetables
Growing Roses

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comment re the non-working links, Mark. I thought I'd done it right - it worked yesterday! I'm still remembering how things work here. I'll go and try and correct it now.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Jan 2015 (#)

I enjoy gardening myself and put in a large herb garden when we moved in, but with work taking a lot of my time in the summer the weeds have gotten the best of the garden.

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author avatar RondaKay
4th Jan 2015 (#)

I am one to say I suck at gardening. Well, how do I know that since I've gardened so little? I managed to plant three beautiful rose bushes that blossomed so nicely, so maybe I can. Thanks for the Youtube tip. I plan to use that when I give gardening a try this spring.

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author avatar Val Mills
4th Jan 2015 (#)

It really is worth trying YouTube. There re some great how to tutorials.

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Very interesting. Hope I can find time to do gardening.

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