local garden centers

With the US home and garden market being valued at around $272 billion last year, getting your backyard garden started can be a bit of a daunting task. Wandering around your local garden centers can feel like walking through a beautiful but nonetheless confusing maze; where do you start? What are you looking for? What do you need? Based on the climate and sun cover of your yard, the answer can vary. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Start Small: It can be very easy to get carried away with excitement. You have big, beautiful visions of your dream garden bursting in your mind, so, naturally, you want to fulfill them immediately. It's important to resist that urge and keep yourself focused; get a little practice in and get to know your yard a little bit better before you drop $300 on plants. Succulents, although relatively easy to care for, can be a bit boring as they require very little attention to do well. Try an herb garden instead -- you can buy the plants young rather than from seeds at a plant nursery, increasing their chances of success, and get the joy of watering them every day. That minor task feels major when you see them beginning to grow, upwards and outwards, as your work pays off. Start them in pots and move them to plots in your yard once they've taken to their new environment and you'll be well on your way -- plus, you'll get to enjoy them in your cooking!
  • Learn Your Lingo: While gardening language isn't overly complicated, it can be very new to someone who's never been exposed to it before. Learn the difference between annuals and perennials so you're not disappointed when your annual dies at the end of the season, or when your perennial stops blooming after one month. Feel free to ask questions at your local garden centers. Many towns offer plenty of home garden centers, so be sure to visit all of them to see which one has the healthiest flowers and friendliest, most knowledgeable staff.
  • Be Patient: It can be hard to wait when you're ready to watch your garden bloom into existence, but it's important to be patient to make sure you're doing everything correctly: from the amount and frequency of watering you're doing to noticing the amount of sun or shade, minor mistakes can cause your garden to suffer. Give your garden time to get settled, and it'll be a flowering haven in no time.

These three tips can help save you a lot of time, money, and prevent unnecessary trips to your local garden centers. Plants are living things that take effort and understanding to grow. Be patient, love them, learn all you can, and you'll be the best plant mom ever!