Gardening Basics

I’ve got a green thumb. I love tending to my garden and watching it grow. I have loved gardening ever since I was a very young child. Many people ask me how they can be a better gardener, and I have an easy answer – practice!

Gardening is not just a hobby for me, it’s a big part of my life. So, it’s difficult for me to put into words how to be a better gardener. For me I have a sixth sense which tells me when to plant, where to plant, and it even allows me the ability to determine if a plant or flower is healthy or not.

If you have never been an active gardener, the best way to start is to start out small. My dad always told me you have to crawl before you walk, and you have to walk before you run. The same concept applies to gardening. Before you jump in with both feet, start small. Gardening takes many different forms and starting in a small way will help you learn and to understand the basics.

I usually suggest people start on a small scale to learn. A great way to get started is starting to grow something indoors. It could be a flowerpot, a plant or growing a small container of vegetables. Growing something indoors will help you learn how much light it needs; how much water and what conditions are optimal.

If you want to be a little more adventurous, start a small garden in your yard. It doesn’t have to be huge, but a small patch of garden will help you learn how to be a better gardener. In your new garden you can plant flowers, vegetables or any other type of plant. Again, nothing fancy, but enough to learn the basics.

There are a number of great resources available to new gardeners. You can find books, television programs, podcasts and many other sources of information. To help you get started I have listed a few at the bottom of this page. Happy gardening and have fun!