10 Tips for Beginning Gardeners

The rewards of gardening are great — fresh air, exercise, beauty and relaxation, to name a few. But designing and planting your very first garden can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, gardens are surprisingly forgiving creations, and the best way to learn is by simply diving in. It’s hot outside, and in the midst of planning your July barbecue and prepping the pool for months of heavy use, remember that your plants are also waiting for a cool summer drink. Water, prune, feed and plant; before you know it fall will be here. And while you’re doing all that, enjoy your summer garden too, admiring your edible bounty while keeping an eye out for any signs of plant stress. Here are 10 tips to help get a new garden off on the right foot.