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The Secret Steps to a Beginner’s Garden

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Say “goodbye” to garden graveyards and “hello” to a vibrant oasis! Check out these easy tips to have your outdoor garden more luscious than ever before.

Seeds? Check! The perfect soil? Definite check! A little water and sunlight? Okay, you know where I’m going with this.

You’ve finally decided that this is the season for you to say “goodbye” to those empty planters collecting spider webs and say “hello” to your newly found green thumb! But, that’s easier said than done. If you’re anything like me, you have high hopes of luscious greenery and vibrant flowers draping the outside of your home. Then, this once dreamed about lively garden turns into a whole lot of dirt and not much plant. But, not this year! Let’s get our hands dirty (quite literally) learning how to turn your plant graveyard into a glowing oasis.

1. Location is Key

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Whether it’s in your yard, a greenhouse or simply on your window sill, determining the location of your plants is always the first step. This location will allow you to decide which plants you can choose and help you rule out plants that simply won’t work.

Choosing your location can be simple! If you’re in a more tropical area, or you simply enjoy bright flowers, finding a spot with lots of sunlight is perfect for you. If you prefer low maintenance, highly shady plants, then areas like a porch or the side of your house that receives light sun is the perfect spot to display your lovely shade plants.

Choosing the perfect location also gives you a chance to plan out the best way to accentuate the outside of your home.

If you have a long sidewalk, mapping out plants along this area gives your home a vibrant pop. Otherwise, sketch out sections like your front steps and mailbox area to give you a rough outline of how you’d like your perfect garden to look.

2. Which Plant is For You?

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This step could quite possibly be the hardest. Not difficult in a bad way, but choosing between the thousands of plants available can be a bit overwhelming. So, let’s narrow it down!

Fool Proof Spring Flowers:

  1. Pansy: Because it thrives in cooler weather, the beginning of spring is the perfect time for pansy planting. The pansy is also a spring classic because of the variety in petal color and ease of planting.
  2. Tulips: Tulips are often thought of as one of the identifiers that spring has arrived, so it is a staple flower to have in your garden. Tulips also range in height giving you options on where and how you want to place them.
  3. Poppies: The popularity of poppies is often understated as this flower comes in many varieties and is native to many parts of the world. This flower’s bold colors make it a great filler flower, but it can also stand out on its own.

Flowers That Keep Coming Back:

  1. Adenophora - ‘Fairybells Gaudi Violet’ This beautiful, free-flowering violet flower is sure to get your garden in the spring spirit. Its drooping, bell-shaped petals can add an elegant touch to your landscape that will last from early summer to fall.

  2. Daffodils A classic loved by many, daffodils can bring a nice touch to your spring gardening and landscaping this season. This flower is loved for its trumpet shaped structure that is set against a star-shaped background of petals.

  3. Blue Enchantress Hydrangea With a full clustered head of flowers, this hydrangea is sure to fluff up your landscape. The striking blue of the petals contrasts eloquently against the dark stems and leaves and will even re-bloom for your pleasure.

“Vegetables Are More My Thing”:

  1. Lettuce: One of the easiest vegetables to grow. There is a large variety of lettuce seeds available at most gardening or home improvement stores. Because it’s fairly cool weathered, you don’t have to worry about a little cold harming your plant.

  2. Green beans: A fun, fresh and easy vegetable to grow. Green beans are especially fun to get the little ones involved in. Because of their natural casing and beautiful vine, there’s nothing better than removing a sweet bean from the pod and chowing down on a natural summer snack.

  3. Tomatoes: There is truly no comparison to the taste of home-grown tomatoes. These easy yet vibrant summer treats are perfect for brightening up your garden and the perfect ingredient for cooking up a mean summer salad!!

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3. Pick A Container

Despite what you may have pictured already, those burnt orange terra cotta planters tend to be too porous for vegetable plants. Instead, opt for a glazed ceramic pot with drainage holes and a base tray to keep moisture from building up at the very bottom of the

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Container gardening gives you a lot of control over the factors that will affect your plant. For example, a light-colored pot in direct sunlight will offer your plant lots of light while reflecting heat and preventing the soil from becoming too hot and promoting bacteria growth from excess moisture.

While the flexibility is liberating, don’t think that you have to have it all figured out! See what gives you the best results, but a healthy mix of soil and a large enough pot will likely end in vibrant plants for your home.

Starting a garden is more than just improving your homes visual appearance. Gardening is planting the roots of your home, and what home means to you deep beneath just the floor boards. It’s time for you to plant your roots today!

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