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How to start a garden (for beginners)

So you‘ve been bit by the gardening bug and your ready to start your beautifully healthy garden with an abundance of healthy happy flowering and fruitful garden plants. Starting a garden is much easier than people think and can adapt easily to anyone‘s schedule. While gardening is a wonderful way to spend your time it is also a passion that requires monitoring to ensure you get the best plant growth for your money.

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Start with the basics first, once you understand the basic conditions you’ll be growing in you’ll be ready to move onto what you want to plant.

Basics First

Determine what your growing zone is.

Decide what type of garden you want to grow, i.e (in-ground, container, raised bed, greenhouse, indoor, houseplants, herbs, medicinal plants, succulent, air plants, or hydroponic gardening)


Your growing zone basically tells you when to start sowing your seeds for best growth and maturation rates. You can better pinpoint what your exact grow zone is by simply inputting your zip code, to pull it up, click here

Zone Maps

Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That's why climate zone maps were created. Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to survive and grow year after year, the plant must tolerate year-round conditions in your area, such as the lowest and highest temperatures and the amount and distribution of rainfall.

Knowing what to plant in your garden should be measured by your growing zone, now that’s not to say that you can’t grow plants that aren’t naturally adapted to your grow zone. Gardening is trial and error as a first time gardener so don’t let your mistakes bring you down even the most experienced gardeners have plants that die.

For first time growers the type of garden you decide to grow is just as important as your grow zone and the plants that you will be growing.

Indoor plant gardens have been favored by growers with busy schedules or for those who forget to water their plants.... a lot. These choices are easy for people who want to see more green in and around their homes.

Raised garden bed gardening is best for those who like to garden outdoors and just getting their roots wet in the gardening world these gardens are controllable, minimal labor, and relatively easy to keep up with.

In-ground gardening is for more experienced gardeners who know how to work and prepare land for crops due to the laborious activity involved. Some in-ground gardening like brightening up your landscape or creating small plots can be relatively easy to maintain as long as you make proper time for your plants.

Container gardens are great for those seeking to have a small or large garden thats easy to spot and good for small and large spaces. Those who wish to grow specific plants can benefit greatly from container gardening.

Herb, Cactus & Succulent gardening is a great alternative for those wanting to brighten their space as well as create some beneficial plants to incorporate into your life. There are many choices for these types of gardens that are easy to grow and can be used for a multitude of things. Cactus gardens can also be useful as “prickly pear cactus” can be made into candy, drinks, teas and more. Succulents like aloe vera have great health benefits in an array of areas.


Regardless of the garden you choose to start your creating a viable lifestyle by doing so. Having plants in and around your home has amazing benefits from changing your diet to attracting birds and pollinators that are beneficial to our overall ecosystem. Don’t get discouraged if you are a first time grower you will learn from your mistakes and gain the experience you need to ensure you create a thriving plant ecosystem for your space.

Don’t forget to check out related posts for all your gardening research, tips, tricks, hacks and advice. Mo’s Lifestyle blog is filled with so much useful information on a variety of topics. I‘m striving to create a better lifestyle for myself and my family and in doing so I hope to help others along my journey who are looking for creative lifestyle paths to follow and carry out. Subscribe to my blog for the best breakdown for topics that take hours of research to get the big picture.

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