Gardening for Beginners

How to garden – what every beginner gardener needs to know….

If you’re new to gardening, you’ve taken on a new garden – or even if you’ve got stuck in a rut with your old garden, then these are the things that every gardener should know. They’re the easy gardening basics – the tips that will help you create your own perfect garden.
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0:00 Welcome
0:59 What to do when you first get a garden
1:58 How to start weeding – see my no-nonsense guide to weeding video How to Weed Your Garden:
2:37 The new approach to weeds:
And Jack Wallington’s book Wild About Weeds:
3:52 Where is the sun? Why that matters to beginner gardeners.
5:01 Why a shady border can be one of the best parts of your garden: Clever shady garden tips:
5:50 Should I test my soil?
6:50 Add a layer of garden compost, mulch or well rotted manure (around 2″-3″) to your garden every year
7:29 Watering is one of the most important gardening jobs.
8:39 How to plant a ‘dry garden’ with tips from the Beth Chatto gardens:
8:56 How to plant a low maintenance garden
9:31 What are shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, bulbs and annuals? A beginner gardener’s easy guide
12:13 What garden tools do you need? 7 Essential tools blog post:
12:49 The Middlesized Garden tote bag with ‘Gardeners Learn by Trowel and Error is available from Spring
13:04 Good beginner gardening books include Gardening in Pyjamas by Helen Yemm: , RHS How to Garden When You’re New to Gardening: and for growing veg, Charles Dowding’s Organic Gardening, the Natural No-Dig Way: Note that links to Amazon are affiliate so I may get a small fee if you buy.

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