Gardening for beginners what to do.

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Garden  For Beginners What to Do.

Now you have an idea what basis gardening tools you require it’s time to think about your next steps.

A Check List For Beginners

OK, so you’re eager and ready to start. But you’re not sure where to start. Well welcome to my Gardening for beginners what to do post. Let’s begin by writing out a checklist and give it the title ‘gardening tips for beginners’. First and foremost a check of the tools you’ll require.

Gardening for beginners what to do

A stainless steel spade

A spade. Sounds silly, but you will need to be able to dig with the spade you purchase. Make sure it’s a basic model that has a variety of uses.

Have you heard of the old saying ‘call a spade a spade’, well forget it, remove any thoughts of that saying from your mind. Nothing could be further from the truth. Choosing a spade can be a nightmare.

Not only are there multiple sizes and types. You can get anything from your normal steel types, plastic (yes, crazy isn’t it) through to stainless steel. For your every day use, stick to the basic tool that is comfortable for you. It must be sharp, strong and of a reasonable length.

Obviously the length is important if you want to save your back. Don’t buy one like the ancient English version depicted in the attached picture. It’s fine as a collectors piece to hang up on a wall somewhere, but extremely bad for the back muscles.

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A garden fork. Just like the spade if you simply try to purchase a garden fork, and have no idea of what your looking for, you could end up with something that is totally inappropriate for your use. Once again these come in a numerous amount of types and sizes.

You want the basic garden fork. One that, like the spade, is comfortable to use for basic jobs such as turning soil or loosening weed clumps. Eventually you might like to purchase the long handled pitch fork that is used for spreading manure or tossing hay.

These also come in various types and lengths, with anything from two to ten tynes. For the beginner it’s best to stick to the basics.

Gardening for beginners what to do

The Mattock

The Mattock. By now, you probably realize that that very few garden tools exist with just the bare minimum of types. Once again the humble mattock is not as simple as it seems.

The choices are endless. Personally I prefer the one with a handle about the same length as your average spade, and a combination of an axe and an adze. An adze is a cutter blade, used for cutting into turf or hard ground.

The axe part works wonders when you are trying to cut smaller tree roots that you will often find in the soil.

Rakes. Again rakes come in many sizes and shapes. For the average beginner gardener I would suggest a leaf rake and a metal rake.

The leaf rake is fairly obvious and describes itself, it’s great for raking up leaves during autumn and after a wind storm. The metal rake and the leaf rake both come with long handles.

The metal rake is a tool that can have many uses. It’s excellent for smoothing out soil, removing dirt clods or stones and for spreading manure. If you purchase a good quality rake, rather than a cheap and nasty one, it will last you many years.

Shovels. Some people like to put shovels and spades in the same basket. I like to differentiate between them as I consider them very different tools with different usages.

Again there are many types of shovels available. For the beginner gardener I’d just start with a basic model that has a variety of uses. If you are constructing your first garden you will probably need two types. One for digging holes and one for spreading soil and or manures.

Both will need long handles, but can come with short handles. Once again long handles are better for your back. The post hole shovel I prefer comes with a slightly rounded blade and looks much like a spade with a long handle.

The Spreading shovel has a wider blade, or scoop. This makes it easier to pick up soil, manure, leaves and other spreadable items.

Gardening for beginners what to do

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Hoes. Yes, there are numerous, different types of hoes. So Let’s stick to the basic hoe types for turning soil in either the flower or vegetable garden. And for weed removal.

These are the tried and tested dutch hoe for weeding and draw hoe for pulling and turning small quantities of soil.

You will find a picture of these hoe types attached. Stick to these and you can’t go wrong.

Wheel barrows. Everyone needs a wheel barrow. You will need to purchase one that is both sturdy and of good quality but also easy to use.

You can get Wheel barrows in many sizes, and it depends on your own size and strength as to which one you should purchase, The average wheel barrow ranges from about two to six cubic feet (60 to 180 litres or liters).

The average garden wheelbarrow is approximately three cubic feet (usually coming in 80 to 100 litres or liters). Stick to one that you feel comfortable with.

You will need the wheelbarrow to carry anything from soil to stone, gravel, manure or plants. The list of its potential use is huge.

Secateurs or pruners. You said it. Help. Which should I choose? You will find ratchet pruners, bypass pruners, soft grip pruners, parrot beak secateurs. This list goes for ever, and is possibly the most confusing purchase of the lot.

For the beginner gardener I would stick to a good quality bypass pruner. Like all tools, if you try to skimp on price you will most likely purchase a low quality, difficult to use and easy to break pruner. Go for a known quality brand that will end up saving you a great deal of money by lasting many years.

My secateurs have done an incredible amount of work, I’ve had them many for years and they are still going strong.

String line and chalk or chalk spray. Now that’s different isn’t it? Why would I need these items. Well, you will eventually begin planning your garden, or redesigning your existing one if you’ve just purchased your first home.

But we’ll look at this in more detail in a future post. No need to go into these items with too much detail They are really fairly basic.

So There You Have It.

We have come to he end of my blog ‘Gardening for beginners what to do’.

Now you have your basic list there’s nothing stopping you. You have a list of all the tools you require, so go out and purchase, hire or lend what you need. Good luck and don’t forget to have lots of fun when you garden.

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Happy Gardening. Jim



Jim Kulk


  1. Thank you so much for your article!
    My brother and I are trying to make a garden out of our yard and it’s kinda difficult. We need all the help we can find! 😛
    Have a nice day!

  2. Thanks very much Jim. I’m always on the lookout for gardening tips and tricks, and without a lot of knowledge I do need to start from the beginning. No point trying to run without being able to walk first! Thanks very much and I look forward to visiting your site often for more tips.

  3. That was a very good read . Lot of information. I am not very good at gardening so I will try to apply the tips you have given. Thanks for sharing

  4. Great post Jim! Do you have any specific tips on doing lawn/garden edging? I’m currently repairing my Mother’s house and the edges are wild and very hard to trim.

    All the best,


  5. Wow,

    I am now living in an apartment and has been dreaming of owning a house that has a yard so I can start doing gardening. I like the way you deliver info – it’s really for an absolute beginner (like me), showing that you are really a considering and patient person.

    Would definitely keep this article until the day I have my own yard! Thanks!

  6. What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for gardening for beginners and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source about gardening and how to do it.

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


  7. Jim, thanks so much for this! I’m about to tackle a veggie patch for the first time ever and am quiet a novice, so this list provides me with such a wealth of knowledge and a basis of where to start. I am not sure how I will go with a full wheel barrow moving soil around as my strength isn’t the greatest, but thanks for informing me that there are many size out there so I might give a few a test run at the local garden center and see what suits. Thanks for putting this together.

    • Hi Nicole. It’s fortunate that wheel barrows come in many sizes. My little grandson Finny has one just for his size. He’s three. All the best Jim

  8. Hey Jim,

    I’m not a beginner but a school that I work at has a garden. However, there is no nutrients in the garden. Meaning, it’s just dirt and the plants don’t really grow there. I do have a question for you.

    Can you put a bunch of Miracle Grow in it to get some nutrients in the soil. Possibly, at the end of the year? Not looking to spend $100+ on all new top soil, though. Ideas?

  9. Hi Garen. Miracle grow is a fantastic product that is used to enhance plant growth. It’s a bit like you and me taking a vitamin pill, we’d have to continually take them to have a positive effect. If your soil is impoverished it will need more long term solutions. If it’s sandy, for example, you will need to add lots of organic matter such as, manures or compost. There really is no quick fix for poor soil and whatever you do to it will depend on what type of soil it is. If you’re limited with finances then I would simply buy as much organic matter as you can afford and add it approximately two inches thick over as much of the area as you can. I’d be dividing the area into several blocks (depending how big it actually is) and doing one part at a time. Then when you can afford another $100 do another area. This would be far better then giving the whole area a quick fix. Hope that helps you. Jim

  10. This is a very informative article. Although I’m not a complete beginner in gardening, I’ve learnt a few new things. It makes me realize why some jobs always felt so hard – I had the wrong tool. So I will now have a closer look at what I need for my garden and buy some more essentials. Thanks for the tips.

  11. Thanks Sammy. I guess it’s the same in any business. If you have the right tool you can complete just about any task. All the best. Jim

  12. This is a well organized and timed post for me because I intend having one at the back of my house. I got this at the right time, thank you I crave for more of this.

    • Thanks Natty. I’m glad you got something out of my article. I will be posting a lot more over the next few weeks. Please come back and check them out. Jim

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