Getting Started in the Garden

May 3, 2016

getting started in the garden

Have you a garden you have been avoiding or maybe you have recently moved and need to tackle your outside space? Getting started in the garden is often the most difficult task.

Gardening can be quite daunting when you are have never done it before. Choosing plants, shrubs and knowing what tools you need can be overwhelming but with some planning and research it becomes an easier task.

Make a plan and think about the following- What do you want to use your garden or outside space for? Will it be a place to relax in? How much time will you have to maintain it? Do you want  an area where children can play?  Spend time outside when planning, noting the areas you feel would work best for the things you want from from your garden.

Your garden is the first thing you see every day when you come home and it is a space that you should enjoy spending time in.  Regardless of whether you have a small or big garden, envisaging how you want to space to look before you begin is important.

A little knowledge goes a long way – There is a wealth of gardening information online and the following websites are worth taking a look at while you are in the planning stages

  • Bord Bia have some fantastic and easy to follow tips and a detailed garden directory for Irish gardens.
  • Know How section offers ideas and solutions to common garden issues, ideas on what to plant and a really useful week by week guide of what you can do throughout the year to maintain your garden.
  • How to offers a wealth of knowledge on all aspects of gardening with tips on growing plants, trees, shrubs as well as how to care for and maintain your outside space.


With a plan and some ideas in mind, you are now ready to hit your local garden centre or home DIY store. Again, the staff here are usually very helpful and don’t be afraid to let them know you are a beginner.

Tools– You only need basic tools to begin with- gloves, shovel, trowel, rake and a hose especially if your budget is limited. If your budget is limited, borrow more expensive gardening tools from a family member or friend or many DIY home stores offer gardening tool rentals for more heavy duty jobs.

Gardening is a marathon not a sprint. Start with what your time and budget allows. Tidying, preparing and  then focusing on one area of your outside space at a time makes the experience less daunting and as your knowledge and confidence grows, so to will your garden.