With Spring around the corner, what would be a better way to bring it in than to start a garden. Between flowers, fruits and vegetables there are so many options, so where does one begin? As a beginning gardener it can seem overwhelming trying to learn how to plant, what to plant or even how to care for your garden, but do not worry! Roses are red, Violets are blue, we have 6 easy steps to help you!


1. Start Small 

It is very easy to get overly ambitious in the idea of starting your own garden. Everything must be planted… Right? One of the biggest mistakes our new green-thumbers make is being a bit too eager. Excitement at times can take the wheel and one could make hasty choices. Remain enthusiastic, but set a realistic goal. Take it one collection or bed at a time. Take the time to learn how to keep a few plants healthy and flourishing. Once you have mastered that, and then expand.

2. Choose Your Location 

All plants need a secure location to grow and thrive, so choosing a plant site is a vital decision for the longevity of your garden. In choosing this site, make sure that it has an opportunity for your plants to receive plenty of sunlight, that it is close to a water supply and that it has an accessible entrance. In providing your plants a location with those three factors, it will allow you and Mother Nature to work hand in hand as your garden blooms!   

3. Pick Your Garden Type

Now that you have chosen where you are going to plant, here comes the fun part… WHAT are you going to plant? Make a list of flowers you like or herbs, fruits and vegetables you like to eat. From that list start with a few of the ones who cannot live without. Are you a tomato lover? Plant them! Do your children love apples? Plant those too! Just be wise and remember our first tip! Start small, but do not be afraid! 

4. Plan before planting 

Watermelons are much bigger than oranges so when planting them, space for both is needed. When you are getting ready to plant your seeds, make sure to consider the size of the plant that you are trying to grow. If you crowd them, they will end up competing for resources and that could result in your garden being a big mess. Do your research how much space your plants will need. Plan before you plant!

5. Purchase your plants

Find your nearest reliable store that sells seeds and plants; grab your list and head there! Make sure you take your time while purchasing the seeds and plants. If you get confused please ask questions! This is your garden. While you are there make sure to also get all other tools you may need to care for your garden if you do not already have them.  You are officially moving into gardener-world, and once your thumb is green, it’s green forever.

6.  Playing in the Dirt

Now let’s get dirty! Dig a hole in the soil and place the seed into the hole. Cover the seed, water well and be sure to get a good fertilizer for your plant. Check on your plants consistently to make sure they have all the nutrients they need to grow into a glorious garden.


Congratulations! You are now a gardener. Continue to learn more about tending to your plants and helpful gardening tips so that you can enjoy your harvest!

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