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Tips for Starting Your First Garden at Home

Monday, May 18, 2020



Gardening is a great way to bring the beauty of nature into your home. Having plants in your home can create a beautiful aesthetic, relieve stress and even help purify the air inside! You can even grow your herbs and vegetables to use in the kitchen. Getting started can be daunting since there are dozens of plants to choose from and each one requires slightly different care routines. Use this guide to help you choose the kind of plants that are best for you!


Find a Spot To Start Gardening

The first step is determining where your garden will be placed. Are you limited to indoor spaces, or is there room for a garden outside or on a patio? Your plants will need, at a minimum, water, sunlight and enough room to develop roots and grow. Outdoor spaces provide enough sunlight for larger plants like vegetables and many varieties of flowers. Indoor gardening is best suited for smaller plants like herbs and succulents. You may not have enough room for larger plants, but there are plenty of varieties that thrive in close quarters!

Gather Materials

First, you will need to purchase or build containers for your plants. There are options for both indoor and outdoor settings and all sizes of plants. Place these containers in an area where plants can get plenty of sunlight. Learn what kind of soil your plants will need as well as any fertilizers that will help them grow more efficiently. You can purchase seeds if you plan on starting from scratch, or you can purchase already-blossomed plants and re-plant them in your garden.

Choose Your Plants

There are many plants perfectly suited for beginner gardeners. Vegetables like lettuce and spinach can be grown in places with less direct sunlight, but require a larger space to grow properly. Herbs are easy to grow and can live happily on a windowsill! If you are planning to start an indoor garden and worry about providing sunlight for your plants, consider purchasing low light plants for indoor gardening. Succulents are growing in popularity for their adorable appearance and low-maintenance care routines. They come in many colorful varieties and can create a whimsical aesthetic. A little research will help you decide which plants are best for you and your space.

Set a Watering Schedule

Once your plants have settled in your new garden, you will need to water them according to their individual needs. Some plants need watering every day, while others survive better in dry conditions. Writing a schedule can help you stay organized and prevent your plants from dehydration. Consider setting a reminder on your phone or hanging a visual schedule above your garden to help keep you on track. Monitor your plants for progress and make adjustments as needed if you find your plants are getting too much or too little water.

Gardening at home is easier than you think. Follow these tips as you get started. With a little patience and dedication, your garden will grow beautifully!


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