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If you've always fancied the idea of getting in touch with your greener side but don't know how to start, we've put together some great tips for you that will make sure you get the most out of your garden. You don't have to be a muck-flinging expert to get a great slice of outdoor space. You only need to be keen to learn and accepting of your limitations. At the start, anyway!

From tips to bring birds and wildlife into your garden paradise through to how to select the right plants, we've got everything you need to unleash your inner cultivator.

1. Don't go crossing any boundaries

Raised Flower Beds and Ever Greens :   by IS AND REN STUDIOS LTD

Raised Flower Beds and Ever Greens


Find out exactly where your garden ends and your neighbour's begins and install proper fence before you start wildly ripping up lawns and planting large items. 

You'll thank us when you don't have a neighbour dispute to deal with!

2. Be a grower not a shower

When you're getting to grips with gardening for the first time, don't rush in and bite off more than you can chew. Start with small, easy to maintain plants and work up from there.

You need to grow your skills as well as your leafy friends.

3. Channel your inner Snow White

Wire Frame Bird Feeders:  Garden  by Green & Blue
Green & Blue

Wire Frame Bird Feeders

Green & Blue

You might have to do more than just whistle to coax wildlife into your garden but it's so easy with fun products like these food hangers.

Simply attach something scrummy and hang from your trees and plants.

4. Make it hot, hot, hot!

rondo firepit:  Garden  by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

rondo firepit

wood-fired oven

If you are planning to create an amazing garden and you want to be able to use it all year, regardless of the season, you might need some heating.

We love a fire pit and they are easy to install, move and maintain.

5. Get comfy with your green self

Bonsoni Black & Orange Corner Sofa Set - Comes With a Modular Corner Sofa, an armchair and a Coffee Table Rattan Garden Furniture:  Garden  by Bonsoni.com

Bonsoni Black & Orange Corner Sofa Set—Comes With a Modular Corner Sofa, an armchair and a Coffee Table Rattan Garden Furniture


If you're going to be spending a lot of time out in your garden you need to make sure you've got some comfortable furniture in place. 

Nothing can make your back ache more than some digging in the borders so have somewhere to take regular breaks.

6. Nurture your newbies in a nursery built just for them

8x10 Cedar Growhouse Greenhouse:  Garden  by Greenhouse Stores
Greenhouse Stores

8x10 Cedar Growhouse Greenhouse

Greenhouse Stores

You're bringing new life into the world so you've got to nurture it. 

You're a plant parent now so a greenhouse makes for a wonderful protective first home for your leafy chums until they are strong enough to survive in the wilds of your garden.

7. Shine a little light on the situation

Cosmic Jar:  Garden  by HeadSprung Ltd
HeadSprung Ltd

Cosmic Jar

HeadSprung Ltd

You don't have to go mad with outdoor lighting but you'll need to think about how you will navigate the space after dark.

We love these fun fairy light jars and they'd be a perfect way to get kids interested in the garden.

8. Pots can be a perfect gateway product for large borders

If you're not ready to commit to designing, planting and maintaining borders just yet, reach for some pots. The ideal way to contain your aspirations to a manageable level, they always look timeless and classic. 

Just be sure you choose flowers that like to live in groups as you don't want them jostling for space.

9. Think outside the box (and plant pot)

Two Zinc Oval Pots With Handles:  Garden  by Lilac Coast
Lilac Coast

Two Zinc Oval Pots With Handles

Lilac Coast

Anything that has a solid base can be a plant pot, if you like the way it looks and want it in your garden. 

You will only need to drill a few drainage holes and you'll be good to go.

10. Don't neglect your house in favour of greenery

If you're getting into your gardening stride it might be easy to forget about your home, but the style of property you have should dictate what you plant.

A traditional country cottage will always look great with lawns and orchards. Palm trees, not so much.

11. Don't dive straight into pond building

Ponds need a great deal of specialist flora and fauna to make their ecosystem work properly.

If you like the idea of a pond and are feeling confident about your new gardening skills, be sure to do a lot of research before you start a project of this magnitude. 

That goes double if you're thinking of putting fish in there.

12. Let it run wild (if you dare)

If you're more of a flower power kind of person than a precious and precise shrub lover, why not simply scatter wild flower seeds and let the chips fall where they may? 

You will have a unique, beautiful garden that bees and other wildlife loves with minimal effort.

For more outdoors inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 16 garden fences your neighbours will try to copy.

Are you going to get outside and give gardening a go?
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