How to Get Started in Newbie Gardening



Whether you want fragrant flowers or fresh vegetables, a good-quality garden is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. But the process can feel intimidating — especially for first-time gardeners. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get your feet wet without overwhelming yourself.

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Begin by sitting down and planning your garden. This will help you think through what to grow where and avoid impulsively buying plants that may not thrive in your conditions. This is also a great way to learn more about your growing zone and understand what kind of care is needed for each plant type. Link :

Another essential step is taking a soil test. A soil sample can tell you what nutrients your garden needs, and how much organic matter or fertilizer is required to boost them. It will also inform you if there are any problem areas such as clay, sandy, or loamy soils that need amending to improve the structure of your garden bed. You can find local cooperative extension offices to provide this service, and they’ll lead you through the procedure, including figuring out how much soil to collect from each planting area and the best time of year to do so.

Finally, make a habit of taking a daily walk around your garden. You’ll see what is growing well (yay!) and notice issues early, when they’re easy to fix. For example, if a vegetable patch gets too hot and dry, it will suffer from lack of water, but if you check in regularly, you’ll catch them before they cause too much damage.