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It is difficult to know where to get started when you first start caring for a garden. However, it seems that the more time you spend in the garden, the more you learn about your plants and how they grow. Now, before your next gardening session, check out these 8 tips for new gardeners below:

  1. Research: If you are brand new to gardening, it can be wise to do some research before you begin! You can find great information on gardening and the how to’s on the internet – or if you prefer paper grab a gardening magazine or book. This is a great way to get your bearings before you start.
  2. Plan It Out: It is important to plan out what size of garden you want because that will dictate how much time and upkeep it will require. A larger garden will obviously need lots of time, care and will be a higher expense so it can be a good idea to start small and build the garden larger as you get the hang of things.

  3. Buy The Basics: As with any project, it’s important to get the tools you will need prior to starting. So, head out to your local garden store and pick up a few gardening basics such as a rake, a trowel, a few pairs of gloves, a garden hose and a few bags of dirt!

  4. Seasonal Plants: When planting flowers and edible plants, it’s important to consider the season you’re currently in and the upcoming season. For example, if Winter is approaching it’s important to wait and plant in the Spring as most plants won’t fare well over the Winter months. Once Spring arrives, it will be a mad dash to get your garden started and blooming.
  5. Start With Seeds: A great way to learn and watch a plant progress is to start it from a seedling. Seeds are inexpensive which is budget friendly and by starting from a seed you can help establish strong roots and encourage good plant health. Consider starting some seedlings indoors over the Winter so they will be ready to be planted in the Spring.

  6. Wait For Spring: As mentioned above, when it comes to gardening Spring is the best time to get started. This is the best time to plant new plants, transfer seedlings from the indoors to outdoors and of course, the weather starts to warm up slightly which makes being outside extra enjoyable.  Make sure to place plants in your garden according to how much sunlight they need.

  7. Schedule Care: Once you have your garden established, it’s important to figure out a gardening schedule to keep all plants healthy and alive. The best thing to do is set aside 10-15 minutes daily depending on the size of your garden for general upkeep and care.

  8. Consider Produce: Lastly, when you’re considering which plants are best for your garden it can be a great idea to consider produce. By planting edible plants you will be able to cook and eat homegrown ingredients and you’ll be able to save money off your monthly grocery bill. Consider starting with easier items such as a strawberry plant or tomato plant and work up from there. Before you know it, you’ll be able to craft a whole meal out of the ingredients in your backyard.
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