Gardening is a wonderful hobby to adopt at any stage of life. Cultivating plants not only fills your yard with beautiful flowers and edible fruits and vegetables – it can also reduce anxiety, increase happiness, support mental health, and keep you active. Anyone can become a gardener – even those who haven’t tended to so much as a houseplant. If you’ve never considered yourself to be someone with a green thumb, however, the thought of beginning a garden from scratch can seem quite intimidating. Fortunately, all it takes is the right mindset, a fertile patch of earth and the proper equipment. Get started on your gardening journey by assembling an affordable DIY beginner gardening kit and see if the hobby suits you:
Picking which flowers and plants will blossom in your space is one of the most exciting – and daunting – tasks you’ll face as an amateur gardener. Narrow down your selection by first considering the location and climate of your growing site, and researching which buds will thrive in those conditions. If you have a partially shady lawn in a warm, humid climate, for example, only look at seeds for plants that crave that type of environment. Next, think about what herbs, vegetables and fruits from that list are your favorite to look at or consume. Remember, it’s your personal project – whatever flowers or plants make you happy or hungry are the ones you should grow.
You don’t need a top-of-the-line lawn mower or state-of-the-art irrigation system to be a successful gardener. In fact, simply mastering a few basic, yet effective, tools can help you create the yard of your dreams. While you learn the ropes, stick to using a trowel for digging holes, a stirrup hoe to remove weeds and a small garden rake for overall maintenance. These will get you started on the right path until you feel like you are ready to take on more.
When you’re working outside, it’s important to outfit yourself properly. While gardening, make sure you’re wearing a pair of gloves to keep your hands clean and protected. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats are also recommended, as they keep you safe from bug bites and sun damage. For extra protection, apply sunscreen and bug spray as well. Always wear comfortable, supportive shoes, like athletic sneakers or hiking boots, that can stand up to dirt, water and rough terrain.
With the final days of summer upon us, it is the perfect time to get outside and soak up the nice weather. Then come spring, you will be an expert and can expand that garden of yours!