Beginner Gardening Tips

  1. Site it right. Starting a garden is just like real estate, it's all about location. Place your garden in a part of your yard where you'll see it regularly, that way, you'll be much more likely to spend time in it.
  2. Follow the sun. Pay attention to how sunlight plays through your yard before choosing a spot for your garden. Most edible plants, including many vegetables, herbs, and fruits, need at least 6 hours of sun in order to thrive.
  3. Stay close to water. Make sure you can run a hose to your garden site, so you don't have to lug water to it each time your plants get thirsty. The best way to tell if plants need watering is to push a finger an inch down into the soil, if it's dry, it's time to water.
  4. Choose the right plants. It's important to select plants that match your growing conditions. This means putting sun-loving plants into a sunny spot, and giving ground-gobbling vines like pumpkins and melons ample elbow room (or a trellis to climb).
  5. Learn your frost dates. Planting too early (or late) in the season can spell disaster for your garden. You need to know the last average spring frost date for your area so you don't accidentally kill plants by putting them out prematurely. It's also good to know your first average fall frost date so that you get your plants harvested or moved indoors before late-season cold damages them.
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