The South West London Gardener

7 Myths About Gardening, and Why They’re Not True

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Gardening is a hobby or job loved by many people right across the world.

From the flower parades of Holland to the Chelsea flower show, everyone loves seeing the wild and wonderful colours that can be grown.

And of course, this is only one side of gardening, with design as well as soft and hard landscaping to also consider.

But there are some common misconceptions that may put people off gardening.

Here at The Southwest London Gardener, we are always on the lookout for new and upcoming gardening talent, and we don’t want anyone to be put off by these myths.

That’s why we’ve created this guide on the truth behind seven ones that we commonly hear.

Let’s take a look.

Gardening Costs a Lot of Money

While some elements of gardening, such as hard landscaping, can be expensive, to become a beginner gardener you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

To start your own garden you can even use things already in your home. Instead of throwing your food waste away, why not use it as compost? Looking to plant some seeds but don’t have pots, why not use egg cartons or toilet rolls? Lacking furniture in your garden, well why not turn that old cabinet you’re about to throw out into a lovely garden table?

There are many ways you can transform a garden on a budget, from tidying up jobs to painting and decorating.

In fact, getting into gardening can even save you money in some instances.

The key is to start small, with little jobs that when combined can make a big difference. Then, if your finances change, you can make the bigger changes to really bring your vision for your garden to life.

You Need a Large Space

Many people think that to make a truly great garden, you need acres of space and tons of features.

This is far from the truth though, as small gardens can be just as beautiful and cosy as their larger counterparts.

The key is to focus on the space you have, and I don’t just mean on the ground.

Why not add some trellis and do some vertical gardening? This will take up hardly any room at all and can have a great effect.

Plants can be grown in containers in a small garden to add a touch of nature, or see if you can split your garden into zones to make it seem bigger.

Spending a bit of time designing and working on your small London garden can have a huge effect on the look and feel of it, and can turn a small, cramped space into something which feels much more open and fresh.

It Takes a Lot of Work to Maintain a Garden

This is a tricky one.

While a great garden can’t normally be built in a day, the idea that gardening takes a lot of work doesn’t always have to be the case.

When designing and planning your garden, you need to take into account how much work you would like to put into maintaining it.

If that answer is ‘not very much’ then look at some low-maintenance ideas that will help to create a great garden for you and leave your jobs list still pretty empty.

Things like perennials make a great choice here, as well as using materials that are built to last and won’t need to be regularly repaired and maintained.

Gardening can be as hard as you want it to be depending on the garden you build, so think of the future, how much work you would like to put in, and if needed, work on creating a low-maintenance garden that is perfect for you.

You Can Only Do It If You Have a Lot of Free Time

This is a bit of a follow on from the point above.

People with busy schedules often think they won’t have time to get their hands dirty in the garden.

Again, this is only true if you create a garden that is high maintenance and will require constant work.

Some elements of gardening can be built in once and then left to do their own thing, which can mean the time you spend working on it is at a minimal.

Another great thing about gardening is the gradual nature of it. A garden doesn’t have to be built in a week. There are many different plants and flowers that grow at different speeds so if you can spend an hour here and there across several weeks and months, you can still have a functional and aesthetically pleasing garden to enjoy.

Jobs like watering and weeding that many people think may be time-consuming can be done in ten or fifteen minute bursts, meaning they can fit nicely into even the busiest of schedules.

Gardening is for Older People

For many people, gardening is seen as something that the older generation do.

This is far from the truth though.

For example, a recent study found four in five 18–34-year-olds think that gardening is ‘cool’.

There are other studies that have also found a huge percentage of millennials like the idea of gardening.

So why is this misconception still commonly heard?

Well, maybe years ago more older people who were of retirement age had the chance to get outside and realise the wonders of gardening.

Since the lockdown though, when many people spent a lot more time in their gardens, the popularity of this activity has increased massively in the younger generation, and you can now find people of all ages with a growing interest in horticulture, landscaping, and garden design.

It’s Not for People Who Live in Apartments or Flats

If you live in flats or an apartment, and your only outside space is a balcony for example, then you may feel that gardening isn’t for you.

While it is tricky to do it without a fully sized garden, there are still some elements that you can enjoy.

If you do have a balcony, why not do some vertical gardening like we mentioned earlier.

Container gardening, indoor gardening, and community gardening are all ways for people to try their hand at growing flowers or transforming spaces, so don’t feel like you are excluded from gardening due to a lack of a garden.

If you really want to get involved, and your house is already full of plants and flowers in various different containers, then why not look into some community projects around your area.

Places like parks and community gardens are often looking for volunteers who are willing to chip in and help out, and this can be a great way to start your gardening career.

You Need to Have a Green Thumb to be a Good Gardener

There are many characteristics that make a great gardener.

Like most skills in life, there isn’t just one thing that makes someone a good gardener.

In fact, there are many different elements to becoming a key member of our team. Do you have an eye for detail? A passion for all things natural? Or you’re great with tools?

There are many different roles that falls under the umbrella of being a gardener. You may be someone who works with plants and flowers all day, or alternatively you may be putting up fencing or a pergola.

To be a great gardener, you don’t need to be born a natural. As long as you are willing to work, happy to put the time in to research the role, and ready to really understand the role you are being asked to perform, then you are sure to be an asset to your team.

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The Southwest London Gardener

A great gardener comes in all shapes and sizes, and whether you have acres of outside space on your home, or nothing but a balcony, you can try your hand at growing some plants and making the most of your outside space today.

If you think you may be ready to embrace the joy of gardening, why not look at becoming part of a team, such as The Southwest London Gardener.

We are always open to hearing from new and exciting applicants, so get in touch today if this sounds like you.