With the Bank Holiday weekend approaching, now more than ever seems a good time to start thinking about the garden. Regardless of the shape or size of your space, don't be put off - all you need is a plan. Ann-Marie Powell has come up with a few tips to get you started...
1 You should start off by choosing your specific Garden Goal. The best way to do this is to start with a picture in your mind of exactly what you want your garden to look like. Then work backwards, and put a do-able task list together to help you get there.
2 Be realistic about exactly how much time you have and break your task list down accordingly. Say you can only spare 30 minutes after work each day, you should weed a small patch of flowerbed each evening until it's done.
3 Start small. If you can achieve something quickly and easily, you will then have the confidence to keep going and to reach your goals.
4 Don't let the size of the job put you off. Instead, break it down into smaller tasks which you can tackle one at a time.
5 Don't feel you have to start from scratch. If you're really scrapped for time, try time-saving ideas to give you a head start. This includes ready-made herbs and plug plants or alternatively, long-flowering summer plants.
6 If you feel overwhelmed, start thinking about where you'd get the most enjoyment and start from there.
7 If you lose motivation, don't panic. Wait for the next sunny day and start again. Don't forget to keep the picture of your perfect summer garden in your mind to inspire you to keep going.
8 Also, don't forget. Even a little bit of gardening can lead to big rewards.
Ann-Marie Powell has teamed up with Homebase to give you a few tips to get you started - you can find out more here.
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