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Posted on: April 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Tips for new gardeners

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Gardening can be a great way to get outside and add some color and health into your lifestyle.   Whether it's with a vegetable garden or for you and your family or a flower garden the opportunity to enjoy nature and enrich your life.  For those new to gardening and wanting to get started on the right foot it can be a little intimidating with so many options and growing seasons.  Below are some tips and guides to making sure your garden is a success and your green thumb is vibrant.  

One of the first steps to starting a successful garden is deciding and know what to grow.   Different plants and vegetables have different growing seasons as well as grow better in different areas of the country.  Researching what plants grow well in the Texas area and having a plan can be vital to starting your garden on the right food.  

Know your gardening space and the conditions around that area can be very important.  Starting small and choosing an area that gets quality light will go along way making sure your plants have the right resources and nutrients to succeed.  Start small and don’t overextend yourself with a large variety of plants.  Find an area that gets quality sunlight and is adequate for plants you’re growing.  Make sure there is enough space for your garden and plants to grow and flourish.  

The Texas weather can have a huge effect on your garden and knowing when and how much to water can be very important.  Overwatering can cause your plants roots to die and not hold nutrients.  Water until the soil feels damp and not soggy. Watering in the morning and evening will make sure the soil has the ability to absorb the water and it doesn’t evaporate too early.

Know that gardening is about learning what works and what doesn’t and trying new techniques.  Don’t be afraid to start something new and enjoy the process.  

To read more about gardening tips, and to find the plants that grow best in the Texas climate click here: 7 Great gardening tips or visit the Denton County Master Gardener website 

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