Top 10 Gardening Tips For Beginners

Site it right

Starting a garden is like buying real estate—location matters. Position your garden in your yard so you'll see it often

Follow the sun

Gardening beginners often misjudge sunshine. Before planting, observe how sunshine affects your yard.

Stay close to water

Planning your new garden near a water supply is one of the best gardening recommendations.

Start with great soil

To get this perfect balance, mix 3 inches of All Purpose Garden Soil into the top 6 to 8 inches of existing soil before planting. 

Consider containers

Containers are ideal for small spaces. In pots, you can grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, berries, and bushes.

Choose the right plants

Sun-loving plants should be in the sun, heat-tolerant plants in warm climates, and ground-gobbling vines like pumpkins and melons should have plenty of room.

Discover your zone

You can choose the best plants by knowing your "hardiness zone". Simply speaking, it's the coldest location plants can grow.

Learn your frost dates

To avoid killing plants by planting them too early, check your area's last normal spring frost date.

Add some mulch

Layer 2–3 inches of mulch around each plant. Blocking the sun reduces weeds and evaporation, reducing watering. 

Feed plants regularly

Starting with great soil is important, but it works best with regular doses of high-quality plant nutrients.