A Beginner’s Guide To Gardening: How To Get Started With Gardening

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If this is your first time gardening, what to plant and how to start are undoubtedly making you anxious. While Gardening Know How has plenty of beginner gardening tips and answers to many of your gardening questions, where to begin searching is yet another intimidating roadblock. For this reason, we have compiled “A Beginner’s Guide to Gardening,” with a list of popular articles for starting a garden at home. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of gardening – get excited about it instead.

Big space, small space, or not much at all, we’re here to help. Let’s dig in and get started!

How to Get Started with Gardening

Starting a garden at home for the first time begins with learning more about your specific region and growing zone.

Other factors to consider include your available garden space (it helps to start small and expand as your knowledge and confidence grows), what types of plants you’d like to grow, your current soil conditions, your light conditions and, of course, some basic garden terminology helps.

Beginner Gardening Tools and Supplies

Every gardener needs tools for the trade, but start with the basics. You may already have what you need to get started, and you can always add more to the tool shed as your garden grows.

Understanding Common Gardening Terms

While we strive to provide easy-to-understand info, we realize that not everyone new to gardening knows what certain gardening terms mean. Beginner gardening tips aren’t always helpful if you’re confused about such terms.

Soil for Gardens

Fertilizing the Garden

Plant Propagation

Gardening for Beginners – the Basics

Mulching the Garden

Watering the Garden

Issues in the Garden

Getting started with gardening shouldn’t be a frustrating endeavor. Remember to start small and work your way up. Begin with a few potted veggies, for instance, or plant some flowers. Don’t forget the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Even the most experienced gardeners have faced challenges and loss at some point (many of us still do). In the end, your persistence will be rewarded with beautiful flowering plants and tasty produce.

Nikki Tilley
Senior Editor

Nikki Tilley has been gardening for nearly three decades. The former Senior Editor and Archivist of Gardening Know How, Nikki has also authored six gardening books.