3 Tips for Starting Your First Garden

If you want to start a garden, here you’ll find 3 tips for starting your first garden. It’s fun growing your own food. You can grow flavorful veggies, fresh herbs, and juicy fruit. You can also grow some beautiful flowers. There’s such a variety to choose from. This is an opportunity for you to get creative and grow what you want.

tips for starting your first garden

1. Have a plan when starting your first garden

If there was any one secret to successful gardening that I could share with you, it’s having a plan, and following that plan. The rest is just experience – trial and error. I’m still learning with every season. A lot of what I’ve learned has come from doing things the wrong way and learning what doesn’t work. Planting the wrong vegetables during the wrong seasons. Paying no mind to the quality of my soil. Planting right next to the fence on the south side. Pests? What pests? Wait.. who took my broccoli??!

You’ll learn, and when you do, you’ll get that feeling of success and accomplishment when you finally grow something. No one is born with a green thumb, you grow it over time. Soon you’ll be the reason why a little plant is alive and thriving.

So how does that happen? By having a plan. 

Where are you planting? How big will your garden be? What will the layout be? When are you planting? What are you planting? Are you prepared to maintain the size of your garden – including watering?

Having a plan can be the most challenging part, but this site is here to help you. Take a look around in our Gardening Tips section to guide you with planning and starting your first garden.

2. Less is more when starting your first garden

Have you ever decided to undertake a huge project? Maybe you decided you were going to do some spring cleaning. And you emptied the entire contents of your closet before you started to sort your clothes. How did that work for you? Did the clothes end up lying around longer than anticipated? Did the amount overwhelm you? 

I know it does for me. 

There’s a well-known phrase – less is more. Starting small is OK, in fact, it’s better than OK – it’s the BEST way to start.

This is one of the most important tips for starting your first garden. If this is your first time gardening, or you haven’t been as successful in the past as you would like, I recommend starting with pots. You don’t have to break ground in your yard, you don’t have to build anything, and you can keep the pots on your porch if you want.

You can start with 1 pot if you want. Or maybe a few.

You can purchase some pots, some potting soil (there’s specific soil for pots), and some seeds. That’s it. That’s your whole garden. Pretty easy.

3. Choose your plants when starting your first garden

Make sure you choose plants and varieties that grow well in your area. There are different growing zones. Central Florida is zone 9b. If you want to grow garlic in Florida, you might struggle due to our warm winters. If you want to grow tomatoes, you’ll want to make sure you choose a variety that does well in Florida.

You will also want to choose plants that thrive during the season you’re planting them in. There are warm-season crops (like peppers) and cool-season crops (like cabbage).

If you’re not sure what your growing zone is, check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you go to their website you can type in your zip code for confirmation of your location. The picture below is from their site.

+Bonus tip when starting your first garden

Here’s one final tip for you – if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. My first garden attempts were unsuccessful. Don’t give up. You’re in a learning stage and growing your own green thumb. You’ll be amazed at what you can grow if you don’t give up. If I can grow something, so can you. 🙂

tips for starting your first garden


  1. Erika Lancaster

    Love this post! My husband loves gardening and is always looking for new things to grow. We grow several different spices at home, but would love to grow vegetables!

  2. Lisa @ https://meandmymomfriends.com

    Thank you for sharing this. I am looking forward to starting my first garden but feeling a little overwhelmed

  3. I started my 3rd garden in a row, and I feel this one is going to be more successful. Your tips are spot on!

  4. These are great tips, I myself am still sort of a rookie. I love gardening but it can be hard here in the south, with drought and high temps.

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