How To Start Your Own Garden in 3 Easy Steps


If you’re a novice gardener, starting your own garden can seem like a daunting task. But with these simple steps, it’ll be easy!

1. Pick the place

Now that you know the basics of gardening, it’s time to start thinking about where your garden will be. To do this, you’ll want to consider the following factors:

  • The amount of sun the spot gets per day
  • Whether or not flooding is likely in that area
  • Whether or not frost is likely in that area
  • Whether or not drought is likely in that area
  • Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day (or more). There are many factors involved in picking out a location for your garden, but sunlight is one of the most important ones! Gardens need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day if they are going to grow well and produce healthy crops. If possible, try choosing an area with even more sunlight than this—this will help ensure better growth rates and yield per plant as well as keep pests away from your plants. It’s also good practice to avoid shady spots if possible; while some shade can be helpful during hot summer days when temperatures become too high for crops such as tomatoes (which thrive best when exposed directly outdoors), too much shade can make it difficult for other types like lettuce or beans which don’t require nearly so much direct light exposure themselves.”

2. Select your plants

The second step in starting your own garden is to select plants that are suitable for your area. This means choosing plants that are suitable for the climate, soil, and water supply of the area you live in. There’s no point in growing a peach tree if peaches don’t grow well where you live!

There are lots of online resources that can help with this decision:

  • If there are native plants around where you live, try looking them up on an app like iNaturalist or Project Noah (both available on iOS). These apps will show you which animals also live around those plants so that as soon as they start blooming or fruiting, it’ll be easier for curious animals to find their food source too!
  • If something looks good but doesn’t seem like it would survive long enough outside before getting frost damage each winter—like tomatoes—try putting them inside under grow lights instead until spring rolls around again. Then move them back outside once the weather warms up again!

3. Prepare your soil

Soil preparation is the most important step in starting a garden. It’s also the most time-consuming, but it’s worth it!

Once you’ve determined your garden location, decide how much soil you want to work with. If you have good quality soil and are simply adding some amendments to improve its structure and quality, it’s probably unnecessary to dig up all of your yard or garden. However, if your yard or garden has poor quality topsoil that contains lots of rocks and weeds, then you’ll need to remove some of this soil before adding any amendments. I recommend removing at least 3 inches from around the perimeter of where you plan on growing vegetables (and possibly even more for trees).

Once your area is prepared and ready for planting veggies (or whatever else), we come back around again: add compost!

With these 3 easy steps you’re on your way to having a beautiful garden!

Now that you know how to start a garden, let’s dive into your options.

Start your garden anywhere! Whether you have an outdoor space or live in a tiny apartment, I promise there is somewhere you can grow your own food. Here are some easy ways to get started:

  • Use containers or raised beds. Starting with something as simple as pots and trays of dirt can be the first step towards growing food at home! If you’re short on space in the yard, try herbs and greens in pots on the patio or porch. Or if you need something more permanent, consider building a container garden by stacking up old tire rims (or other large metal disks) filled with potting mix—just make sure it doesn’t leak too much water out over time when watering them! Once they’re built up enough for plants to grow between them then just add soil until each disk has been covered about half way up its height so that it doesn’t wiggle around too much when touched later on down the road once planted full-time later one year from now…


Now that you know how to start your own garden, it’s time to put your plan into action! If you want to learn more about gardening and get great tips on how to grow healthier plants, check out our blog.

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