Bring butterflies to your beginner's garden with pink and cream snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) like ‘Twinny Appleblossom’. These plants bloom heavily and stand up to the often harsh weather in spring and fall.
Plant daffodil bulbs and stand back. They'll burst into bloom each spring, filling your garden with color and fragrance. Give these hardy bulbs a sunny or partly sunny home in the garden or in containers; they're best planted in the fall.
Add cosmos plants to your garden or grow these daisy-like flowers from seeds. These annuals are so undemanding, they'll bloom even in poor soils.
Choose a planter box that has drainage holes in the bottom and fill it with potting soil. Use your finger to poke holes into the soil about four inches apart.
No seeds required! To cultivate your own scallion crop, simply get a bunch of scallions, wrap the bulbs together with a rubber band, and place the whole shabang (greens, bulbs, and all) in a glass with an inch of water.
Start by selecting one six-inch pot (for one plant) or a larger pot (approximately 12 inches) if you’d like to grow two plants. For a continuous supply of tomatoes, start one or two new plants from seed every two weeks.
You might have visions of sprawling gardens and a yard full of flowers and plants. However, for your first garden, you should start small. Focus on a vegetable garden 10 ft. x 8 feet. Spruce up the front of your house instead of the entire yard.
As a beginning gardener, you do not want to create a garden that is too big. You want to keep things manageable as you get the hang of gardening. However, you may want to plant a variety of plants in your first garden.
A layer of mulch has a couple of benefits. First, it helps retain moisture so less water evaporates and your garden remains moist. Second, mulch discourages the growth of weeds, which is good news for your plants and for you.
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