A Beginner’s Guide to Planting a Garden – Studio McGee | Directory Mayhem

The days are getting longer and the sun is shining a little more…

which makes us ready to spend more time outside. We’ve shared Shea’s gardening tips and McGee’s gardening must-haves in the past, and now we’re sharing the steps needed to get your own summer garden off the ground. Spring is officially here, which means it’s the perfect time to dream up ideas and plans for your garden – there’s nothing quite like making a salad with ingredients from your own garden, or cutting flowers from your garden.

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A beginner's guide to starting a garden

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When you start planning your garden, think about your space and how you will use it. How much space do you have and how much of that can be allocated to the garden? What types of plants would you like – are you hoping for a flower garden, veggies and herbs for all your summer salads, or a little bit of both? Before making the final selection of seeds and plants to use, be sure to review your zone and the amount of light your garden requires. Once you have thought through these logistics, put your ideas down on paper. Sketch out the measurements you will need for a planting bed or building a garden box, measuring each plant and the space they will need to grow. Some can be planted close together, like zinnias, but other plants need more space and cages, like peonies and tomatoes. After laying out the schematics, think about your soil – do you need to put in topsoil? Does the soil you have in your garden need any changes to ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need? Taking the time to organize and prepare the garden can feel daunting, but if you do it step by step, your garden will produce all season long and you can enjoy all the delicious and beautiful results of your hard work!

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Pollinator Garden Seed Kit

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Lettuce seed starting

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Hudson Valley seed collection

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Wooden herb plant stakes

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Brass Garden Pendant (Set of 4)

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Blue and White Ceramic Plant Markers

A beginner's guide to starting a garden

Tools & Accessories

Fortunately, a green thumb is not a necessary talent here, and you can learn so much along the way! Simple gardening tools make for success; A small shovel, a watering can or hose, a pair of gloves and you’re good to go. Of course, with all that time in the sun, a hat is a must, and we love an apron for its functional purpose. A fresh set of sharp clippers will make picking your flowers, fruits and veggies a breeze, and we love that these are as pretty as they are functional.

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Secateurs with wooden handle

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Haws Traditional Watering Can

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secateurs

Bare bones

Ergonomic stainless steel blade

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Crossback chambray apron

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Summer hat with a wide brim

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Professional series spiral garden hose

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Sophie Conran grave spade

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Soaker irrigation hose

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Leather gardening gloves

Bare bones

Walnut Cultivator Tool

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Haws Heritage plastic watering can in sage green

Bare bones

Square hoe made of walnut wood

Williams Sonoma

Sophie Conran everyday gardening gloves

A beginner's guide to starting a garden

Pots & Accessories

Half the fun of a garden is the accessories that go with it. The Basket from the Outdoor Collection is the perfect piece to bring in all your cuttings or to carry your fresh vegetables from the garden to the BBQ. If you don’t have space for a formal garden, you can plant in pots and spread them around your yard. Pick a few of your favorite herbs and plant them next to your kitchen window to bring nature indoors and enjoy the scents in your home all season long.

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Outdoor terracotta planter

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Olya cement planter

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Jahi rattan drying pot

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Treated basket

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Gardener Teak Potting Station

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Rattan Garden Tray

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McGee & Co. Terracotta Planter

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Edene ceramic planter

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McGee & Co. Planters

A beginner's guide to starting a garden

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