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Four tips for first-time gardeners

You have grand plans to grow juicy tomatoes, leafy greens and aromatic herbs - but how (and where) should you start? Follow these helpful tips for first-time gardeners to turn your plot of land into a bounty of fresh foods.

  1. Start small - When deciding what to grow, focus on a few, easy items that your family enjoys eating - such as herbs, beans and lettuce.
  2. Check the soil - Not sure whether your soil is suitable for starting a fruit & vegetable garden? You can quickly and easily test the pH with a home soil testing kit, which will help you determine how to properly prepare your soil for planting
  3. Let the sun shine in - Depending on what you plan to grow, you’ll want to pick a spot that offers adequate sunlight (6-8 hours daily is a good amount to strive for), although certain plants may be able to thrive in shady areas.
  4. Don’t give up - Gardening can be both fun and frustrating, especially when you’re dealing with pesky pests, wild weather or just plain bad luck. Keep a positive attitude and be patient - it takes time for things to blossom and grow!
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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? (No, really - we want to know!)

If you were born without a green thumb, achieving a thriving garden may seem like an impossible feat. But successful gardening isn’t actually as daunting as it seems. With the right tools and know-how, you’ll be growing fresh herbs, juicy fruits and organic vegetables in no time!

It all starts with soil

Whether you have plans for an expansive vegetable garden or a small collection of herbs, you’ll need to first determine whether the soil near your home is suitable to grow happy, healthy plants. A soil-testing kit can help you determine what elements you’ll need to add and whether fertilizer is necessary. If your plan involves container gardening, you’ll need potting soil and fertilizer to keep your plants nourished.

Selecting your seeds

Heirloom tomatoes, red basil, alfalfa sprouts, kale, broccoli, lentils - there are so many delicious possibilities. How can you decide which to grow? First, do some research about what each plant requires - will there be enough (or too much) sunlight in your garden? Do you have time to water every other day, or would you prefer hardier plants that need watering weekly?

Pest control

Once you’ve picked and planted the perfect organic seeds, how can you keep pests from invading your home garden? In addition to a wide selection of sprouting seeds, also carries a variety of natural, non-toxic pest control products designed to safely repel common garden insects.

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