If you want to get in to gardening, it can be hard to know where to start. No problem! Talking to family and friends can help – you’ll be surprised just how much some people know. Your local garden or hardware stores are also great places to get information and ideas. Before you sow that first seed, though, here’s a quick checklist of kick-off decisions you’ll need to make:
- Sounds obvious, but you need to consider it. Maybe you’ve got the perfect patch in your back yard or maybe you need to consider a balcony garden. Remember, there are also community garden options – your local council can help with that.
Design and site analysis
Make an inventory (and a budget) for the equipment you will need, including tools, fertiliser and soil. If you’re planning on going big you might also need to think about construction materials and possibly equipment hire.
If you’re planning to start a community garden there are a few other considerations you will need to cover.
Community support and involvement
Who can you partner with – and how will you attract community members to join the project? Can you offer volunteer work for local schools and organisations in exchange for training – or host special classes and events for interest groups? Planning support networks early will make your garden sustainable into the future.
How will your garden grow? Will you operate on a fully communal basis, or offer individual plots to gardeners? How will meetings run and how often? How will you ensure ongoing maintenance of communal areas?
Split up who will take on coordinator roles
Assign roles for the start-up phase to make sure your garden gets off the groun
Plan for funding
Local policies and guidelines
- Depending on where you live, there might be guidelines and requirements you need to meet before you pick up a shovel. Check with your local council. Here’s a quick way to find yours.