17:35 07 November 2017
Gardening is known to be one of the top stress-busting activities, so making a change to your outside space can be both good for you and your garden. From purchasing new outdoor furniture, like teak benches, to planning the best use of your space, there’s a lot to think about. But, luckily, you can find just about everything you need to get your garden started online.
When you’re taking on a huge project like a garden makeover, you need a clear vision of what it’s going to look like at the end. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a disorganised mess! For the creatives among us, drawing up a garden plan should be no trouble. However, for those of us who are less talented, there are plenty of online design tools to help you out. Garden Puzzle is just one example. The handy app lets you upload a photo of your garden and build a garden that’s going to work in your space and look beautiful all year long.
If you’re a complete novice, you might be struggling to tell the difference between your average weed and plants that are actually valuable. Instead of clearing your garden of any life, take the time to get to know which plants you’re currently dealing with. There are plenty of plant ID apps which will help you out, you can take a quick snap of the plant and let others identify it for you, or browse the hundreds of previously recorded plants.
A recent study by the University of Scranton showed that gardening is better exercise than heading to the gym. So, if you need any more motivation to take up the hobby, it’s worth knowing that it’s good for you physically as well as mentally. There are plenty of online courses and guides which will teach you everything you need to know to successfully start a garden. You can even take things one step further and receive a formal qualification from the Royal Horticulture Society!
Shop Until You Drop
The most obvious way the internet can help you get your garden growing, is through the huge number of online shops available. You can buy everything from seeds to fully grown plants online and have them conveniently delivered to your doorstep. Shopping at garden centres does mean that you get extra guidance and handy tips but you can save a lot of money online.
Beginning with a blank canvas, or patch of grass, can be a daunting prospect. It’s hard to know how to pull your ideas together and where you should begin. The internet is your friend, you can seek inspiration from social media sites, like Instagram and Pinterest, to help you design a garden which fits with your vision. You also have all-day access to help and advice about any problems you encounter along the way.
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