How To Garden: Our Top Tips

Gardening is one of our favourite pastimes here in Britain, and we’re seeing people of all ages getting involved; learning to grow their own fruits and vegetables as well as creating relaxing outdoor spaces. In this guide, we will break down the key components and help you create a thriving garden in no time, however you’re looking to use it.

How To Garden: Our Top Tips

Soil & Lawn Care

  • Soil Type: Understanding the type of soil/s you have in your garden will go a long way in helping the plants grow and thrive. There are generally 6 types of soil that can be found which are: Clay, Sandy, Chalky, Silty, Loamy, and Peaty soil.
  •  Lawn Care: Regularly mowing your lawn throughout late spring and summer will help keep your garden looking neat, and deter weed growth throughout. Keep in mind that grassy areas will need some extra TLC after winter if they are bare and thinning.
  • Composting: Having a compost heap at home (if you have the space) is a great way to recycle green and brown garden and kitchen waste to create nutrient-rich fertiliser for your plants.

Fruit & Vegetables

  • Strawberries: These delicious fruits are relatively easy to grow both in a vegetable plot or even in hanging baskets. They say harvesting ripe strawberries on a sunny afternoon makes them even more flavoursome.
  • Potatoes: A British staple food. Growing potatoes can be done in the ground, in deep pots and even in grow bags. Planted over several weeks you can have ready-to-harvest potatoes throughout the harvest season.
  • Veg For Small Gardens: Even if you have a small garden space, it is still possible to grow an abundance of vegetables. Utilising containers, hanging baskets, raised beds, planter troughs, and vertical garden growers you can harvest tasty veg in no time!
How To Garden: Our Top Tips


  • Planting Perennials: Autumn and Spring are generally the best times to plant perennials – especially herbaceous ones. This will ensure you have some flowering plants throughout the year and reduce bare spaces.
  • Potted Sunflowers: These beautiful flowers are very easy to grow from seed and are great for families with young children. If you have limited space you can grow shorter varieties of sunflowers in pots which come in a selection of pretty colours.
  • Spring Bulbs: If you’re looking to add some colour to your garden in late winter and early spring then spring bulbs are the answer. These include flowers such as tulips, daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops.


  • Pond Life: If you have a pond, or are thinking about adding a waterscape to your garden it is worth making it friendly and accessible to the local wildlife. Ponds can also be a great source of enjoyment for children of all ages.
  • Attracting Birds: Our feathered friends are so important to the ecosystem – and they also feed on pests which may harm your fruits and vegetables. Something as quick as a bird feeder or bird box will go a long way in helping attract birds to your garden.
  • Protecting Bees: Bees are in decline across the UK, so anything we can do to help these pollinators is a great help. Creating bee hotels and nests, as well as planting wildflowers in your garden will ensure they have a source of food and shelter.

Regardless of whether you’re just starting out, or have an established garden it is worth checking out our Gardening Calendar for tips and tricks to implement over the year. Likewise, if you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor space, then have a read of our inspiration and garden designs section. 


Pop in store to Holt Garden Centre where one of our dedicated team will be more than happy to help irrespective of your gardening expertise.

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