Gardening the conventional way means spending hours at the store, spending $200, trekking back home with too many things, planting for two hours, and then cleaning up for another hour. Dirty, tired, extra material for days…not an ideal first gardening experience.
If you are new to gardening, this is probably an all-too-familiar scenario. With no one else to weigh in on what to grow, what to plant, what soil or compost to buy, and what fertilizer a plant needs, gardening for the first time can sometimes feel like it’s more trouble than it’s worth.
The ultimate secret to first time gardening is to go into the season with a plan and a partner. Decide what you want to grow and then match your desire with how-to advice from a partner to make your intro into gardening a breeze.
These three easy patio gardening tips for new gardeners will have you harvesting fresh in no time — and with growing confidence to boot. You’ll end with the indescribable “I grew that” feeling and resow immediately.
Here are three easy steps to get your garden started.
1. Keep it simple.
Great gardens are complicated, so let someone else do your homework. Outsource! Some of the best garden harvests are the kind where customized ingredients shine through, so find a source (like Gardenuity) that can help you with the nitty-gritty details of when to plant, what soil to plant in, and what nutrients the roots need to give you the best harvest.
2. Decide what, where, and when.
These are the questions that really matter. Planting the right plant in the right soil at the right time makes a huge difference in your garden’s success.
What: Look at your growing zones, your climate, different plant’s need to determine what to plant. (Gardenuity match does the research for you!) Most of all, what plants excite you? You’ll have the best growing experience if you’re happy about what you’re growing.
Where: Container gardens can take some of the
When: Now is always the time to grow! Be sure you have the time and energy to spend a bit of your day every day, but mostly, just get growing. You’ll find time to work with your plant as it needs, and you’ll be happy you did.
3. Plant, grow, eat, repeat, and have fun!
The first step is always the hardest.
So once you’ve decided to be a part of this “grow your own” movement, it’s best to just get going. Get your hands dirty and be present.
Enjoy the process of watching your tomato plant grow and fruit, relish in each herb harvest, and share your “I grew that” moment with your loved ones.
Follow these gardening tips for new gardeners, and let us know if you need any help! Enjoy the grow!