Tips for First Time Gardeners


Despite the skill and aptitude, spring always inspires many people to start gardening. This can be confusing and frightening at first, but this is just mainly because you don’t know how and where to start first. If this year is your first year, you better use the following tips.

  1. Dream the Right Dream

Due to your excitement, it is normal if you want to plant many seeds for the first trial. However, don’t. In each seed packet, there are several seeds, sometimes hundreds. It depends on the variety. Considering your skill as a novice, it will be wise to stick with one kind of fruit or vegetable first and start from there.

  1. Go for Beginners Plants First

Exotic and impressive looking plants are very teasing but don’t fall for them. Most of these plants are hard to grow and care. Your first year is going to be a learning experience, not a year of experiment yet. So, stick with several plants that are suitable for beginners. Your options include Nantes Carrots, almost any kind of Lettuce, Early Girl Tomatoes, Black Beauty Zucchini, and Blue Lake Bush Beans.

  1. Know Your Zone

While selecting seeds to grow, it is important to put your zone in mind. For example, if you live in North Dakota, it will be impractical to try growing banana. If you live in the South, it will be better to grow plants that are appropriate for warm climate. If you live in the North, choose plants that grow during short seasons.

  1. Expect not to Grow It All in the Ground

Depending on the zone where you live as well as the climate, you may face the fact that not all seeds are able to be directly planted in the ground. Several seeds will need to grow inside the house first or in other ways. Check on the seed packets to know the seeds specifications.

  1. Stay Small

It doesn’t matter if you have a large space for gardening. For a first timer, it is advised to start with only small part of the garden. It helps you to understand your garden, learning important skills, and focus on your plants. Starting with larger space will burden you with responsibilities. This often distracts your learning focus.

It is important to start small and on simple plants as well. It allows you to really learn the skill and know more on your garden and plants. Improve the level of your gardening gradually. It is a journey, not an instant travel.