Newbie gardening can seem like a big challenge at first, but with a little planning and the right garden tools you can make it a success. Seasoned gardeners shared their best tips and advice for a successful start to your gardening adventure.
Plant only what you will eat or use. It’s a common mistake to plant way more than you and your family will eat, so think about what you enjoy eating, then plan accordingly. If planting in the ground, a 12′ x 10′ garden is a manageable size for a first-timer. If planting in containers, try to plant in groups of three or five plants of each vegetable (or herb).
Plan your garden layout carefully. It’s important to have a path between each planting area so you can easily get around to weed and harvest. It’s also a good idea to have a group of lower-growing plants at the front of your garden, such as herbs, to attract bees and other pollinators while you’re working in the vegetable or flower gardens.
Don’t forget to water and fertilize, but don’t overdo it. A daily stroll through your garden will help you keep tabs on what is growing well and catch problems (pests, disease, watering issues) early when they’re easy to fix.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with the types of vegetables and flowers you grow, but it’s important to learn which ones are more difficult to grow and take more time, and which ones are more forgiving and easier to cultivate. Don’t be discouraged if your garden doesn’t look exactly how you want it to look at the start, it will become beautiful over time.