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Gardening for beginners: From planning to maintenance

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As a beginner, the prospect of gardening can be daunting. But don’t worry - we’ve got you covered with this comprehensive beginner’s guide to gardening. We cover everything from plant selection to plant care and pest prevention tips.

And if you’re still feeling intimidated, you can always hire a professional gardener through Airtasker to help bring your green space to life.

1. Planning your garden

Before you get down to the local garden center, you need to consider a few things:

Landscaping and layout 

First, assess your living situation and identify what kind of garden you want based on your needs.


  • How much space do you have? 

  • How much budget and time can you devote to your garden?

  • Do you have any disabilities you’ll need to work around?

  • Will this space be an entertaining area, children’s play area, or vegetable garden? 

Considering your lifestyle and understanding the purpose of your garden will help you plan the design. 

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Sun exposure 

“Sun-mapping” is a thing – how much sun does your garden actually get and where? Spend a day outside to find out.

  • Assess the sun’s movement throughout the day and identify areas of full sun, partial shade, or full shade. 

  • Use this information to decide where to plant sun-loving or shade-tolerant plants based on their specific light requirements.

Different types of gardening

Your garden reflects your personality, showing what you like. Those with large backyards are blessed with their options. But if you live in an apartment with limited space, you’ll need to be smarter with what you have.  

If you’re unsure about the type of garden you want to create, here are some options you can consider.

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Choosing plants to grow

Different herbs like basil, sage, chives, parsley, oregano, and thyme in mason jars on a window

As a beginner, you can start with easy-to-grow plants. Indoor plants are perfect if you live in an apartment or don’t have a yard or balcony. Or, if you love to cook with aromatic herbs, a mini herb garden of parsley, basil, and thyme will leave your garden (and kitchen) smelling great! Meanwhile, garden hedges serve as beautiful fences and are budget-friendly and low-maintenance!

Your choice of plants really depends on your available space and purpose. 

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2. Getting started on your garden 

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Below are helpful guides for when you’re ready to set up your garden. After choosing plants and your preferred type of garden, the next step is to gather supplies, roll up your sleeves, and start planting.

Drainage and ground preparation

Don’t forget to consider things like drainage and ground preparation. You don’t want half of your backyard flooded and turning into a mud puddle every time you get a sprinkling of rain. You may need to level the ground, dig it out, or prepare the soil if it’s lacking nutrients. 

If you have a bit of laboring work ahead of you, think about when the right time to do it will be; there’s no point in scheduling a landscaping job in the ‘wet season’; mud and rain won’t allow for much productivity.

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3. Tending to the garden Aerial view of gardener mowing grass in beautiful backyard garden lawn

These guides will teach you how to care for and maintain your garden. Learn all about various activities such as watering, weeding, pruning, and nurturing your plants.

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Maintaining your garden throughout the year  

Changing temperatures and seasons affect plant growth. While spring and early summer are the best times to plant new crops, you must prepare your garden for the cold once fall hits. For example, you might have to cover your plants with mulch or a floating row cover to keep them warm.

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Making a compost pile 

Compost provides organic materials that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Making your own compost pile is healthy for your garden and the Earth since it reduces food and yard waste in landfills. Plus, you can make a compost pile indoors or outdoors! 

4. Setting up a garden shed for safe storage 

A garden shed keeps your tools and supplies organized, protects them from the elements, and provides a sheltered area for gardening tasks. Also, make sure to regularly clean tools to prevent rust and cross-contamination. What’s more, keep your tools sharp to ensure efficient gardening work.

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5. More garden design inspiration 

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Once you’ve blossomed as a gardener, you can explore ways to make your garden cozier and more beautiful. From garden edging and paths to canopy ideas, we’ve got you covered!

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Make money with your gardening skills 

If you show your garden some love, it will return the favor with lush foliage and beautiful blooms. And while this guide can help you set up your garden, why stop there? You can take your new-found gardening skills to the next level – by turning them into a source of income through Airtasker.

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Ready, set, grow!

Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or a newbie, there’s always something new to learn. Keep experimenting, trying out new plant varieties and gardening methods, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. You can easily connect with a local professional gardener through Airtasker. 

With hard work, patience, and a little bit of luck, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful and bountiful garden that you can be proud of. 

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FAQs on gardening for beginners

Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily. Pick a well-drained spot that isn’t constantly soggy. Raised beds are a good option for poor drainage.

Start small! It’s better to manage a manageable plot and succeed than get overwhelmed by a large one. A 10’ x 10’ space is a great place to begin.

Plants are easier for beginners, but seeds are cheaper. Choose easy-to-grow varieties for both options.

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