Gardening Tips for Beginners

Do you dream of having your own beautiful garden but lack the green thumb to get it done? With these gardening tips for beginners, you’ll be on your way to a thriving garden in no time!

Pick the right spot

Most vegetables and flowers need six hours of full sun everyday. Before you start planting, observe your chosen spot and make sure that your plants will get the sun they need. If your only option is mostly shady, don’t worry; just be sure to pick plants that thrive in the shade, like these.

Test and prep your soil

For ideal plant growth, soil needs the proper pH level. A soil test kit from your local home improvement store can tell you the pH of your soil, and help you get it to the optimum level.

You can also prepare your soil by adding organic matter in the form of compost and aged manure. Here is a great guide on preparing your soil for planting.

Pick the right plants

Use the expertise of your local gardening center to help you pick plants that are best for your kind of soil, amount of sun needed and experience level. We love nearby Homestead Gardens for their huge selection and expert advice.

Beginners should start out easy with one of these easy-to-grow flowers, like sunflowers or marigolds, and these easy-to-grow vegetables, like salad leaves and peas.

Water them

Newer plants should be watered daily because their root systems aren’t completely developed, and then you can taper off over time. It is best to water plants early in the morning before it gets too warm so the plants can really soak up all of the water. Focus on the root area and avoid getting the leaves wet if possible!

Stick with it and enjoy

Planting your new garden is just the beginning. Gardens will do best with some maintenance like pulling weeds and fertilizing. Then enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor with fresh food and beautiful flowers!