The Home Gardening Hamper – 5 Essentials for the First Time Farmer

The essentials for starting to grow your own

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If you’ve got a garden enthusiast or a potential one, what are the essentials to get them started? It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden and try something new, it’s bulb planting season so take full advantage. If you’re blessed with plenty space, you can create the ultimate outdoor project – a thriving, self-sustaining vegetable garden. While veggie growing can be an intimidating prospect for first timers, the truth is it’s a lot easier than you think. My husband finds it a relaxing escape and gets immense satisfaction from growing his own produce and of course we get the benefits too.

If you’re willing to put the time in, raising vegetables is a very rewarding activity. Not only do you get the joy of nurturing a plant from seed to flower, but you also get to eat it afterwards. It’s a win, win situation. To start things off though, you need the right tools. Think about how you’ll water the garden, where you’ll store fresh veggies, and what you’ll use to pull up weeds.

The good news is there are thousands of gadgets and tools designed to help amateur growers achieve their goals. Keep reading to learn about some of the best.

Irrigation Supplies

The condition of vegetable gardens is determined by, among other things, the quality of their irrigation supplies. If you want strong, healthy plants, water needs to be distributed evenly and in the right amounts. The larger the plot, the harder it can be to water manually.

You could end up drowning some patches and barely touching others, especially once the larger, taller plants have begun to dominate. With a mechanical irrigation controller and solenoid valves, watering is as easy as turning on the garden tap.

Grow Tunnels

One lesson that new gardeners learn very quickly is that there’s no trusting Mother Nature. You might be relying on her for gorgeous, verdant vegetables, but she’s a complex beast. Often, keeping bugs and other pests away is as challenging as growing the plants themselves.

So you may need to cheat to win this war. Get yourself some mesh grow tunnels and protect the vegetables from uninvited guests. These lightweight devices don’t cost much, and they’re ideal for safeguarding low lying varieties like lettuce and winter cabbages.

Hand Tools

The last thing you want, when preparing beds for new veggies, is to be constantly bending over with a full-sized spade or hoe. This is delicate work, so don’t be afraid to get close to the earth. Your plants (and your spine) will thank you for it. Get a kneeling pad to save your knees, and get your little garden helpers to get involved. It’s never too early for them to start work in the garden, why not get them their own tool sets?

Don’t forget to pick up some hand tools though, a small hoe and trowel at least. Japanese style hoes are popular, as they have an elegantly curved blade. This makes it easier than ever to dispatch weeds without causing damage to any of the good stuff.

Gardening Gloves

All gardeners deserve a pair of high-quality gloves. You can do your planting without them, but be prepared to walk away with cuts and grazes. Most are made out of synthetic leather because it’s flexible, strong, and easy to clean. It is also a very affordable material.

Synthetic fabrics will get the job done, but if you want to treat yourself, look for pigskin or goatskin leathers. They offer excellent puncture resistance, but they don’t restrict manoeuvrability in the fingers. Opt for a waterproof nitrile coating if you’re worried about rain.

Compostable Twine

Finally, don’t forget to pick up plenty of twine. You’ll need it once the plants (especially things like tomatoes) start to shoot upwards. It should be rugged and able to withstand wind and rain, so opt for a hardy material like jute. The added benefit is that it’s completely natural.

When you’re done with it, you can throw it on the compost pile, and it will biodegrade. Some gardeners use plastic twine, but it comes with the added work of collecting every piece and disposing of it once you’re through. Jute is a gentle, low maintenance alternative.

Taking the First Steps toward Veggie Perfection

Now, you’re ready to pick your plants and start preparing the beds. First timer growers have a wide variety of easy, trouble-free options. Salad leaves, spring onions, radishes, beetroots, carrots, potatoes, peas, runner beans, onions, and garlic are all surprisingly easy to raise. Here’s some of our produce, and we’re no experts. Once you find a crop that works, stick with it!

Happy Growing!

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  • Reply Krystal Herrera

    I just bought my first house last 5 months ago. And now, I’m trying to buy some items and tips for my garden. This will be my first garden :D. Anyways, great post! I love it!

    November 24, 2017 at 5:40 am
  • Reply Jeff Babcock

    Hello Jenny, these are very helpful tips for beginners. I am ready to make my new garden for a new home. Here you have described such a nice points which we should keep in mind while gardening. Keep sharing and thanks.

    November 28, 2017 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Jane Anderson

    Hello Jenny, you have shared such a nice points who are doing gardening first time . These are very important factors which we should always remember. Thanks for this post.

    December 14, 2017 at 11:21 am
  • Reply Drip irrigation systems

    Such an inspiring article! There’s so much you can do to make your garden work for you as this article states. We have yet to decide on setting up the decor for our garden, but I enjoy seeking my finds in flea markets and salvage stores. You get the most unusual and I do grow my plants in tires too!

    December 19, 2017 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Paulo Andreas

    I think this post is absolutely bang on! The grow tunnels have completely changed my food growing for the better. I can grow vegetables during the winter and grow exotics in the summer. Thank you great post.

    March 28, 2018 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Alex Sedge

    As a beginner’s garden enthusiast myself, I couldn’t but appreciate these practical tips. The compostable twine is something I just learned about! Lovely, and useful, post.

    June 19, 2018 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Imtiaz Ahmed

    Ah! What a beautiful idea. This is the way our mind desires. We can think a lot of these in our blog as well. Thank you for promoting tips and wonderful inspirations!

    July 4, 2018 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Brett

    Great post indeed! Thanks jenny, for sharing all the great info’s. We’re planning to start a garden. Btw, which Ph meter is best for testing the soil? Any idea?

    July 10, 2018 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Richard

    Hello Jenny, it’s great to get the kids out in the garden, i have two, 7 and 4 and i like to get them out and burn any extra energy out of them! Great for a good nights sleep. Great post with really good images.

    July 24, 2018 at 9:46 am
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    landscapes are important to us for many reasons. They are a shared resource for everyone, irrespective of ownership, ability or background. 

    July 31, 2018 at 6:30 am
  • Reply AndrewPehrson

    hey Jenny,

    wow! nice post, I have bought a new house and it has a garden i was looking for some tips that how to take care of that on the initial level, I hope it will be helpful for me.

    October 6, 2018 at 6:54 am
  • Reply John b

    Those are good tips for any new gardener.

    March 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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