Tips For Newbie Gardening

For those just getting started in the Newbie Gardening, it can be a bit daunting. The good news is, you don’t have to be an expert to grow fresh veggies and flowers. We’ve collected all the best tips, tricks and how-tos from across House & Garden to help you get up to speed.

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It’s important to know your growing zone, which is based on the lowest average temperature in winter. This helps you choose plants that will thrive in your climate and can withstand the cold.

Start your garden with a clear plan of what you want to plant and how. This will give you a sense of control and prevent you from getting carried away at the garden centre and planting way more than you can manage. If you’re planting vegetables, only grow ones that your family will eat and be willing to try.

Keep a gardening journal so you can track what you’ve planted, when you planted it and when it was ready to be harvested. This will also come in handy next year so you can repeat your successes and learn from your mistakes.

Make sure your garden is situated near a water source so you don’t have to carry buckets full of water. Then, regularly check your soil to see if it needs watering. To do this, push your finger about a knuckle deep into the ground and if it’s dry, it’s time to water.