Where do you start in learning gardening?

Carol Matusoff
by Carol Matusoff
I'm a novice, never had a house with lawn careresponsibilites.
  7 answers
  • Lo Lo on Jun 18, 2017
    I would definitely search this site and google or find your local Extension Agent.

  • Monica Monica on Jun 18, 2017
    hi Carol- your local county extension office is always an excellent source of local information. They will know
    best the conditions in your area like the right grass seed and appropriate plantin times. If you are near a metro area they may even offer free seminars for homeowners like right plant/right place info or composting and lawncare classes. Always a great place to start!

  • Linda Linda on Jun 18, 2017
    The Farmers Almanac is an excellent source for this. You can buy them at the checkout line at most stores. They have all levels of gardening. My grandmother used these every year to tell her when the best time to plant was and she always had a beautiful garden

  • Candice Candice on Jun 18, 2017
    Google will tell you everything you need to know

  • Gina Gina on Jun 18, 2017
    Buy yourself a Western Garden book,..it is my gardening bible.

  • The library or internet is your best source to get started. Look for information on your specific state and county, decide what type of plants/garden you want and how you want to lay it out on your property. Learn how to prepare the beds properly before buying plants and read the tag and follow planting instructions exactly.
    I agree with Monica, that the Extension Service will be a great help, but you might save some time and get more targeted advice if you answer the questions above before you go.
    Get a notebook and jot down your ideas for plants, and record what type of soil you encounter at your proposed locations, how many hours a day each site receives sun,and what direction the sun hits it, and if it stays soggy or dry.
    I know this sounds overwhelming, but preparing beforehand can save you a lot of money, time, and dead plants in the beginning!

    Good luck  and post your results!

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 18, 2017
    Join your local garden club. They always have speakers to teach newbies and love to share info and plants.