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Asked on Oct 16, 2017

Any handy first timer tips for a keen gardener?

Lisa S.Janet Pizaro2dogal


Looking to really get into plants, flowers the lot but without reading through so many books and then end up not doing anything about it... Any advice or beginner projects appreciated. Have a great interest esp with summer approaching but always get overwhelmed with where to start..

5 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Do you want to start with container plantings,or in gardens ? What is your location
    • June
      on Oct 17, 2017

      Maybe in pots, seems easier to move them around and get the hang of what to do to keep the plants/flowers blooming.
      Location - Auckland NZ
  • Dolores DeLuise
    on Oct 16, 2017

    If I were beginning, I would grow an herb garden: thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, etc. I don't know what zone you're in, but you can find out online, and plant, in addition, some annual flowers in the spring. Those are two small projects you could research and carry out successfully for your first growing season. These can be grown very successfully in containers. :)
  • 2dogal
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Start with the basics - Your soil is the most important. Get it tested through your County Agricultural Extension Office. Call them, they will tell you what to do.
    After you have figured out where you want your garden (in an area that has at least 6 hours of sun) and you know what is needed to amend your soil, You need to get rid of grass and weeds. If you don't take this step, you will get discouraged by all the weeds you have to pull later. Then and only then, should you get into what plants you want to grow. Reading about plants, then picking and choosing what grows best in your area is fun.
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 19, 2017

    Soil preparation is the most important, and the most work.
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