We love the warmer months of Spring and Summer – because even the really bad gardeners who don’t believe they can grow anything give it a go. Embrace the instinct that is in all of us and start with baby steps! Probably the most important rule is that you need the right tools – just as it’s really frustrating to try cut a piece of wood with a rusted saw, so is gardening without the right tools – the right tools make the job so much easier. And while you’re at it, dress the part and look like a pro!
So let’s start with the basics – a fork, spade, hand trowel and hand fork. Here are the golden rules of hand tools:
- You get what you pay for – don’t be the first-time gardener who bends the garden fork! Buy once and buy right.
- Always clean your tools after gardening – I know it’s a hack but they will last way longer. Use an all-purpose 3-in-one oil and a clean cloth, and give them a good wipe.
- Keep them in one place. This sounds silly, but make sure you have easy access to your tools and that they are ready for action when you’re in the mood to dig or plant!
- Only one person per pair of secateurs – those are the things you use for pruning. This is simply a hygiene thing and I am truly pedantic about this!
- Make sure they stay sharp, which means that secateurs are not for cutting wire, opening paint tins or, even worse, undoing screws!
Spring into action
- Sow watermelon seeds – they’re so easy and the rewards are super cool.
- Go out and buy a clivia – the gorgeous flowers last for weeks indoors or on the patio. When they have finished flowering, plant the little guy in a shady spot or in a pot. When the red seeds ripen, try your hand at becoming a parent of one or two…. Check out the www.tanyavisser.com blog on how to do this.
- If you have not yet done so, make sure your lawnmower is working. Your lawn will get going now with the warmer temperatures. Preferably send the hard-working machine in for a service.