HOW TO GROW IN YOUR GARDEN: BEGINNER’S GUIDE
It’s something we always say we want to do but never get around to doing. Growing in your garden is a beneficial hobby to take up – and there has never been a better time to start. With the rise in global awareness and sustainability, going back to basics and growing your own produce where you can will seriously benefit your finances and the planet at the same time. Plus, it can be very fun to watch your plant babies grow!
If this is something you have always considered but never knew where to start – we’re here to help. In this guide we will take you through all of the steps you can take towards starting your own garden of growth. From lavender to potatoes, we have everything you need to get up and running just in time for the summer season.
Where To Start?
You don’t need to rent an entire allotment to grow your own produce. If you’re just starting out, we recommend investing in a small greenhouse – it doesn’t have to break the bank, the 4 Tier Mini Greenhouse pictured above costs just £16.99 and is the perfect size to grow numerous products at once. This compact greenhouse can fit into the corner of your garden with ease and before you know it, your garden will be flourished with freshly grown herbs and spices.
If you fancy going the extra mile and want to step up your growing game, there are cheap Walk In Greenhouses also available. These are incredibly easy to build and offer all of the usual protection your plants need to grow – you can even venture inside to take a close look at your plants on a summer’s day.
Planting The Seed
Every plant begins with a seed, but if that seed is not planted in the right environment, it will never flourish. Growing your own produce does not have to be difficult – it should be fun! The key to a flourishing plant is as simple as creating a dry, warm environment with correct sunlight and water exposure. Start with a planter – choose one which has the correct size to accommodate the size of your plant.
Once you have chosen a home for your seed, simply fill with soil, dig a small hole around 10cm in depth and drop the seed in. Cover the seed with more soil and spread evenly across the planter and sprinkle with water. Now the easy part is done, ensure to keep up with the maintenance of your seed through regular water – the type of plant you are growing will influence how often you water your seed. Be patient, consistent and you are sure to see some progress.
Once you have your greenhouse full and flourishing, it’s time to take the next step with root vegetables. You may struggle to grow root vegetables in a small greenhouse, as these usually need a wide surface area to grow to their full beauty. We recommend a Grow Tunnel, which are very cheap at around £6.99, to accommodate growing root vegetables such as carrots.
For this technique, you will need a grassy area in your garden. In order for root vegetables to grow fully, you will need a Grow Tunnel to protect your plants and keep them at a healthy temperature. There is nothing worse than getting your plants to grow for them to be destroyed by animals or the environment, so be sure to protect your plants!
Planting your seeds and getting the growth environment right is considered the easy part. It is vital that the seeds and plants are maintained throughout the journey, or you will never get the results you want. Pick up a reliable and sizeable Watering Can to keep up with hydrating your plants every day, or as frequently as needed. You can even buy adjustable Heads for your watering can to accommodate the type of plant you are watering. For larger spaces of growing, we recommend a Garden Sprayer – simply fill up with water or any other liquid and spray evenly across your garden.
That’s all of the basics you need to know to get your growing up and running. Remember to tag us on Instagram using @WeAreTJHughes to share your growth stories throughout summer – we cannot wait to see all of your beautiful gardens!