When learning gardening start with ‘hardy’ plants: These are plants that are typically quite easy to grow because they aren’t fussy about soil pH, sunlight levels and humidity. Starting with plants such as tomatoes, onions, chard, basil, sunflowers, roses and petunias will help you to get a foot up whilst you’re learning gardening before moving on to more ‘fussy’ plants.

Do your gardening in the morning or late afternoon: Gardening in the middle of the day is damaging for your skin but can also damage your plants. Pruning and watering will take up most of your time gardening but if you do these when the sun is at its hottest it can cause additional damage to the plant by causing it to wilt, scorch or lose water. Gardening earlier on in the day is easier on you and on your plants.

Start your seedlings inside: People new to gardening often find it difficult to get new seedlings to grow outside. To give them a head start, try planting them first in soil filled toilet roll tubes and keeping them inside your home while they sprout. Once they have reached a good size inside you can move them to pots outside and continue gardening.

Grow organic: Gardening organically is understandably more difficult as your plants are more vulnerable to pests, especially your vegetables. However there are many natural ways you can control pests, such as planting plants that encourage other insects and birds that will predate upon your pests. Organic gardening, although hard, is worth it though because it is more rewarding after the hard slog and also produces much tastier vegetables.

Search for gardening tips specific to your area: Your local climate and soil pH will influence how successful you are at gardening. If you live in acidic areas for example you may be better off attempting to grow plants suited to acidic soil, or alternatively you may be able to find tips on how to reduce the acidity of your soil.