More and more people like to spend their free time in the garden. As people’s lives get more and more stressful, it’s more important than ever that they have a place to relax and recharge. When you think about how satisfying it is to watch something grow and change, you can start to see why gardening is becoming a popular and useful hobby.
For many people who want to get into the hobby, it can seem like a scary and mysterious world that they can’t just jump into with no fear. In this guide, I’ll tell you about the art and try to put your mind at ease. It’s not something that comes easily, and it can take a lot of trial and error to get to a level where you feel comfortable. So, gardening really is a hobby for people of all ages. This could become a hobby for the rest of your life, no matter how big or small you are.
Before you start your marvelously wonderful gardening adventure, you’ll need some marvelously wonderful garden supplies. No matter if the garden center you are buying from is a big chain store or a small hardware store out in the middle of nowhere, there are some things you need to remember. First, you’ll need to take some time to think about yourself and decide what kind of gardener you want to be. Are you going to be a tough, self-sufficient, and useful vegetable gardener? Working on the land so that you can get the rewards that are there? Or are you going to be a real floral artist and turn the land into a rich tapestry of bright colors and pleasures that last year after year?
If you’re reading this article for beginners, it’s likely that you haven’t decided yet and want to try both sides of grand gardening before settling on a style that works for you.
People say that a worker is only as good as his tools, so here is a list of the most important tools you’ll need to get started. I’m going to assume that you’re starting with a patch of land that has nothing on it. A scary strip of bare nature without trees, shrubs, hedges, herbaceous plants, wildlife, or any of the other things you might have in a garden that require special tools to care for.
- Garden Fork: Don’t forget this one, because it will be hard to grow a garden that breaks new ground without a way to break ground.
- A garden spade is a real ace up your sleeve. It’s useful for breaking up the ground and is a must if you want to plant bigger plants.
- Hand trowel: This small tool is great for planting bulbs, bedding plants, and other small plants when a spade might be too much.
- Hoe is good for quickly getting rid of weeds. Use it before they get too big, or you’ll have to use a trowel.
- This is more of a want than a need, but it is very useful for preparing seedbeds and cleaning up leaves that are in the way.
Now, if you’ve done even a little bit of shopping for any of these very important garden supplies, you know that they vary a lot in price and quality. Try to stay away from tools that are too cheap. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, and these tools may not be of good enough quality.
On the other hand, you don’t really need to buy the most expensive gardening tools either, unless your garden is very big or has a lot of heavy clay soil. When buying, you should make sure that the handles are screwed on correctly and that they are strong and sturdy. The metal should be well-tempered and the shafts should not be bent.
You should also think about how much something weighs. Plowing a straight furrow can be hard work, so if your tools are light, this could help a lot. On the other hand, if your gardening tools are too light, they might be weak or flimsy.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to start gardening, and the money you save on tools can be used to buy cool new plants for your garden.
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