How do I get started with gardening?

The great news is that you don’t have to have a detailed plan for everything in your garden when you’re getting started. But to begin, you do need to add a few practical steps to your daydreaming about what might be one day.

Getting started with gardening – the orientation of your garden

The first step, and the one that you can take right now, is to think about the orientation of your garden. Work out where north, south, east and west are.

Not sure how? Here are some ways.

  1. the old fashioned way – notice where the sun rises (the east) and sets (the west)
  2. the nerdy way (my personal favorite of course) – use a compass. Don’t have a compass? Then read on to step 3
  3. download a compass app for your smart phone. There are several free apps to choose from

Draw a sketch of your block, and mark north, south, east and west on it. You’ve taken the first step! Congratulations!

Compass site plan


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