This is where you begin! Take a look at the helpful guidelines below to get you on your way to gardening!


  • Check the sun exposure in all parts of your garden or yard so you know how much light they get and where to put particular plants.
  • What is your garden zone?

Read Plant Tags

  • The tag or seed packet will have locations on where to plant as well as sun, soil, and water requirements.  
  • Plant the right plant in the right spot.

Get Help

  • Gardening does require a certain amount of expense and consistency.   Contact your state's local extension office, and visit websites, libraries, local garden centers, courses at arboretums & conservatories, or consult a professional.  
  • Join my Facebook Group, Beginner Gardeners Start Here. You can ask anything you want and we will be most glad to help out.
  • A successful gardener is one that asks questions and is continually learning.

Have a Maintenance Plan

  • Unless you plant fake flowers and own a rock garden, decide whether your space needs a monthly/weekly/or daily maintenance plan.  
  • Decide what the plan exactly is, type it up, follow it, and sign up to get my Daily Maintenance Checklist for Gardens

Be Realistic

  • Don’t go out and buy 40 plants, 3 kiddie pools and 4 truckloads of dirt tomorrow! Start small! You don’t want to be overwhelmed when it comes time for care and maintenance.  
  • Start small, I promise, you will thank me later!

Take Time to Enjoy Your Space

  • Make sure you put your happy plants in your space. Come on, you know you have specific plants that make you happy! Make a special place for them so that you enjoy them. Put some patio furniture out, drink your morning coffee with your plants! And you can check for pests on the leaves while you're out there!
  • Nature will delight you with its sounds, spectacular views, and its ever-changing textures!

Choose the Right Tool For the Job

  • A gardener requires a basic set of tools.
  • Don’t go out and buy a huge set from Lowe’s or some fancy online garden store! Start with a hose or water can, a Hand Trowel, Transplant Trowel and a Cultivator Hand Rake. After you get in the groove and get a routine, branch out with tools you find that provide solutions for your maintenance needs.