11 Tips for Beginning Gardeners

My garden is my favorite place to be. I love everything about it- from planning to starting seeds inside to digging in the dirt.

But gardening can sometimes seem like an overwhelming venture for those just starting out.

So if this is your first year gardening- or if you are a beginner who was seriously overwhelmed last year- here are 11 tips for beginning gardeners to reduce wasted time, energy and resources as well as prevent getting in over your head.

Start Small

If this is your first year gardening, take it slow. Plant a few tomatoes and peppers. A small herb garden. Some beans and lettuce. Maybe some onions. Get used to how certain plants grow and their needs.

Plant what you eat [mostly]

Do you love fresh tomatoes and tomato sauce? Is salsa your thing? Then tomatoes should definitely be on your to-grow list. Are potatoes detested by the entire family? You might want to skip them.

Pay attention to Plant Spacing

You can usually get by with somewhat smaller spacing than seed packets tell you, but make sure that each plant has ample nutrients and sun. You can also use vertical gardening techniques to conserve space.

Learn your plants And your Weeds

It is helpful to become familiar with what certain plants look like as seedlings- so that you can pull the weeds and not the plants.

Amend your soil

Your soil is the most important part of your garden- poor soil will not produce much more than unhealthy plants. Before starting your garden each year make sure you amend the soil with well-rotted manure or compost.

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