The Ultimate Guide To Developing Green Fingers

Just because you are a gardening novice doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to deadhead your rose bush, weed the lawn and plant some potatoes. While you may be nervous about setting foot into your back garden, it’s never too late to begin developing your green fingers. You may not have a horticultural bone in your body, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t learn. If your back garden area has seen better days and looks more like a jungle than a well-coiffed outside space for you and your brood to enjoy, it might be time to read on to discover how you can get your garden looking ship-shape while enhancing your gardening credentials.

Go to the garden centre

If you haven’t ever ventured to a garden centre, now is the time to set foot in one. An area dedicated to all things plant-based, a garden centre is a source of inspiration to many gardening novices. Ask advice from the staff looking after the plants and discover the sorts of flowers that are great for beginners because they are so easy to maintain and care for. Succulents and lavender just need the gentlest of trims and don’t need too much care as they can be left to their own devices. If you fancy a more sculptural area for your garden, an alpine style rockery can be ideal, as these hardier plants can cope with winds and rain and all temperatures, making them a good choice for the gardening novice.


Gardens don’t have to be all greenery and plants. Why not consider adding a water feature to your garden design? A pond could be ideal to entice wildlife to your garden. By heading to a site like  you can check out the sorts of pond filters available to ensure the highest quality environment for frogs and water-dwelling insects. Alternatively, you may prefer a simple water orb, fountain or waterfall cascade feature in your outside space. A water feature effectively creates another element to your garden that is aesthetically pleasing and very calming when you are simply outside and relaxing.


If plants and water aren’t really your style, why not consider going a little more self-sufficient by starting your own vegetable patch like the ones on the Sarah Raven website. Sowing potatoes, carrots and pumpkin is relatively easy if you check your soil type, adhere to the label instructions and feed your veg every day. You might want to start off small by sowing a few vegetables before expanding to a greenhouse for tomatoes and a small potted herb garden for oregano, basil and coriander. Whatever it is you want to grow, you can grow it in your back garden. Think about the food you love cooking and take this as your inspiration.

Even though you may be a gardening novice, you shouldn’t let the overgrown bushes, trees and shrubbery in your outside space put you off from getting outdoors and sorting it out. Use this guide to develop your green fingers and develop your new passion for gardening.

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  1. I am quite good at the veggie growing as we used to have an allotment x

  2. We used to have a garden and I liked the satisfaction of eating my own vegand watching the flowers gorw, now I'm in the very lucky position of having a shared garden, which gardeners tend. Mich x