6 Gardening Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Updated: Jul. 11, 2023

Veteran growers offer their best advice to those with budding green thumbs. Check out our best gardening tips and tricks for new growers.

Every experienced gardener was once a new gardener. We asked our readers to share their top gardening tips and tricks for people just starting out. Read this list before you start digging and planting.

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1. See What Plants You Like

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“Look at gardens you like for ideas on arranging perennials. Also, ask friends and family if they have cuttings to share,” says Birds & Blooms reader Claire Helen Horn of Endwell, New York.

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2. Know Your Plant Hardiness Zone

“Start simple and know the zone you are growing in,” says Kathy Lorigan of Easton, Pennsylvania.

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3. Try, Try Again

“Nothing is final. Plant it, and if you don’t like it, dig it up and try something new,” says Cathy Pavlak of Colonial Beach, Virginia.

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4. Give It Time to Grow

“Practice patience, use trial and error, and study your garden. Get dirt on your hands and talk to your plants,” says Charlotte Anne of Cameron Park, California.

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5. Right Plant, Right Place

“Do some quick research on a plant before buying it. Look for the basics, like growth potential, soil preference and light needs,” says Kay Miller Hayes of Lambertville, New Jersey.

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6. Think of Pollinators

Plant flowers that will attract butterflies. You will truly enjoy watching and taking photos of them,” says Brenda Masengill of Talbott, Tennessee.

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