Ongoing Garden Maintenance Essentials

To talk about gardening among any number of gardening enthusiasts becomes a bit like talking about the weather at all times of the day. Do not be alarmed and don’t you dare become irritated by this. Once you encounter such fine individuals, you can, of course, expect to hear just about anything under the sun related to gardening. If you have aspersions towards becoming a keen gardener, you need to start getting used to this.

You will, of course, always be hearing about the weather, because that remains a critical aspect of every gardener’s day. How the weather turns out for the day is going to dictate how the gardener is going to address his garden maintenance program for the day. If you are entirely new to gardening at this stage, that should at least be a feather in your cap. Perhaps one of the reasons why you wanted to take up this hobby in the first place is so that you can escape the hum-drum routine of your usual working day.

You need a healthy diversion, and this, ladies and gentlemen, is it. Gardening is not a routine enterprise. Expect to be doing something different each and every day. Yes, every day, even if it means going out into your garden in the morning before work and having a chat with your new-born flowers. Yes, many gardening enthusiasts do this too, they talk to their plants. Are they crazy? Do not be too sure, communing with your garden has been known to work wonders. Just ask any avid gardener.

But long before you get to this stage, you still need to learn some of the basics. One of the most important toolkits that you are going to need to acquire is a workable and ongoing garden maintenance plan. How successful and disciplined you are going to be with this is entirely up to you. You could equate the required prowess with that of keeping bee-friendly gardens.  That also leads to providing you with the answer of just what type of garden you will be cultivating first time off.

The emphasis needs to be fully focused on organic gardening. And that, ladies and gentlemen, does make things a little easier for you at this stage. You can cross these off of your first shopping list entirely, and, for that matter, any future shopping list, as your gardening maintenance checklist and garden and home shopping list grows longer. You will no longer need pesticides or chemically carbonated compost or manure.

Ever. All the compost or manure that you will be producing, yes, you will be making your own, will be produced right in your very own garden and home. You will be saving money this way and not a shred of anything disposable will ever go to waste. You will always have your leftovers from the kitchen. All food, or rather, vegetable peelings will be going straight into the compost heap. Not even your cover to cover read newspaper print will be going to waste, because that comes in handy when producing mulch for the surrounding soil around your newly planted goodies.

By way of one of a number of basic introductions you are going to need for your first gardening exploits, let us introduce you to some of the tools, all surprisingly basic and easy to use, that you will need. You may even find that you already have some of these handy but necessary tools.


A pair of scissors

Like the good old pair of scissors for instance. This will primarily be used to snip away dead flowers, herbs and for the harvesting of certain organic vegetables. It will also be used for other basic functions such as opening a seed packet or cutting a piece of string.

Some call them weeders

Did you know that in America, they generally like to call them dandelion diggers? This could have something to do with the indigenous plant species dominance across that continent’s landscape. The specialist weeder can penetrate the soil easily without damaging nearby plants and remove unwanted weed roots from deep in the soil. Fork points are narrow and sharp to do the jobs that all gardeners seem to hate effectively enough.

Let’s call this a soil knife

You may find that you need not even nip down to the hardware store or nursery to prize yourself of a specialist tool. You may just find that there is a suitable knife waiting in one of your kitchen drawers, waiting to get to work in your new garden.

All gardeners need their pruning shears

If you want to keep your garden looking neat and tidy, and if you want all plants to grow properly, this is one of those gardening appliances you simply cannot ignore. This is something you will be buying because you will want its edges to be friendly to the plants and branches you will be pruning (cutting, in other words, but effectively and artistically) in the future. There are more than enough guides on the internet merry go round that can teach you how to utilize these specialist shears correctly.

We call it a spade

But maybe you will be calling it a shovel down your way. Go in for a small spade with a long, narrow blade that is curved and can easily help you to dig deep holes, if necessary. A long-handled spade is also useful for digging through hard, clayed soil.

And don’t forget the rakes

And by the time you’ve purchased one, please learn how to handle it correctly so as not to damage your growing plants. Enthusiasm is great when you have it in bucket loads but the damage could bring a tear or two.

And so, what are you waiting for. Time to go shopping and to get digging. Then you can read the next story which specifically talks about the birds and the bees. You may just enjoy that one. See you then.