Gardening Tips for Beginners

Having your first garden can seem overwhelming and a bit concerning because you want to do it right and do it right the first time around. With that being said, there are plenty of gardening tips for beginners that will help inspire you to get that garden growing right the first time. Today I’m sharing some tips to help you have a plentiful harvest this year with your first garden. If, after you have read these tips you think it will be too time consuming, you could always consider artificial grass for your garden. You can still have an awesome vegetable patch, just without the hassle of caring for an entire lawn!

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Pick the Right Location

Your garden is going to have to get ample sunlight and shade; this means you’ll want to pick a location on your property that is able to get both options. The key is to ensure you pick a location that offers your vegetables at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. The other part of picking the right location is to ensure that your garden isn’t in a high traffic area. You won’t want your kids, the pets or other visitors to have to walk around your garden all of the time.

Think about Water

If you have running water on your property such as a brook or stream, then planning your first garden near a water source will be a smart decision. If you don’t have a water source, then you’ll want t make sure that you can reach your garden with the outdoor water hose. Your garden will need to be watered, so it’s best to take this fact into consideration before planting your first garden.

Choose the Right Veggies

It’s important to research the vegetables you plan to grow in your first garden. This will give you the information needed to plan the location of your garden. Some vegetables require more sunlight while others don’t. Some vegetables may need more space than others and other vegetables may grow like vines so they’ll need stakes to grow upward properly.

Add Mulch

Adding mulch can provide a nice layer of protection against weeds. This layer of mulch should be about 2-3” thick and placed around each plant. The mulch will not only help keep weeds from growing in your garden but will help hold the moisture in as the water will naturally evaporate when there’s nothing in the way of this natural process.

Consider the Soil

Not only do you want to choose a good location in your backyard for your first garden, but it’s important to have the right soil. Using the natural soil as well as a good fertilizer will ensure your first garden grows well and healthy. In addition, you should use plant food to help give your garden plants the best nutrients possible for maximum growth.
These gardening tips for beginners will surely help you reap a good harvest from your first garden. Just follow my tips and be certain that you’re ready to commit to maintaining your first garden for maximum vegetable growth.

I hope these tips will help you to enjoy your first garden, no matter what size it is.

*this is a collaborative post*

9 thoughts on “Gardening Tips for Beginners”

  1. Much to my professional gardener Dad’s disappointment, I am so far from greenfingered despite years of him trying!

    But thanks to Pinterest and blogs like this, I do feel inspired to garden. In fact if it stays dry I might have to head out to the garden today. Thank you for inspiring me x

  2. You will be horrified to hear that we are having our whole garden ripped out next month and artificial lawn put down. My family think it’s sacrilege but we’re just not good in the garden! If only we’d seen these tips earlier and then we might have felt more confident with it.

  3. We don’t have a garden of our own, but I spent this morning planting lettuce, tomatoes and peppers along our stairwell banister (we are top floor so get lots of light) and kitchen windowsill. Last year we got quite the crop.

  4. I love this topic, always gives me a little bit of sense what I need to do and be prepared for my garden. Thanks!


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