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Welcome, New Gardeners!

Want to know the trick to growing a first-time garden? Get good information that’s easy to follow and covers all the basics. That’s what you’ll find here in our New Gardener section. From choosing what to grow all the way through to learning how and when to harvest, we’ve got all the know-how you need to make your first growing season a success!

9 Mistakes New Gardeners Make—and How to Avoid Them

Every new gardener makes mistakes, like planting mint and geraniums together in a window box (who knew that mint bullies...

7 Super Easy Veggies to Grow

Have you always wanted to grow a vegetable garden but are worried that it’s too tricky or time-consuming? Well, it’s...

How to Choose Your Garden Type

You’re excited to grow fresh produce—after all, what tastes better than sun-warmed tomatoes or sweet strawberries? But before you buy...

10 Steps to a Successful Garden Design

Plants need more than a beautiful planting plan to thrive. Here’s how to give edibles what they need to produce...

Edible Landscaping Basics

Who doesn’t love getting a two-for-one? That’s one of the benefits of growing edible plants: Many vegetables and herbs do...

How to Plant a Garden

There are many reasons to plant a garden. Maybe you love cooking with fresh produce. Perhaps you’ve resolved to eat...

How to Start an Herb Garden

There are so many great reasons to start an herb garden that will provide fresh herbs for everything from creating...

5 Reasons to Plant Starter Plants Instead of Seeds

Looking for a quick, easy way to plant up your vegetable or herb garden? Consider using starter plants (also called...

Organic Gardening for Beginners

Is there anything tastier than a sun-warmed tomato you can eat fresh off the vine while standing in the garden?...

Caring for Your Veggie Garden in 7 Smart Steps

You’ve picked up your favorite Bonnie Plants® and settled them into the soil of your raised bed, in-ground, or container...

Tomato Tales from Beginner Gardeners

At Bonnie Plants, we love to help folks learn to grow their own food. So, we thought it would be...

How to Store Summer Vegetables

When your summer harvest starts coming in fast and furiously, it can be a little overwhelming. While your first instinct...

Weeding Your Garden Naturally

Got too many weeds competing with your garden or fostering problem insects? Tackle them — and keep your garden chemical-free...

How to Pickle Your Harvest

Simply put, pickling is the practice of preserving food in a high-acid solution. The process involves adding vinegar and/or salt...

Choose the Right Container for Your Plants

Container gardening is easy and rewarding if you have the right containers. When choosing pots, you need to consider size,...

How to Can Your Harvest

Canning preserves summer’s garden-fresh flavors well beyond the harvest season. The result not only tastes great, but can also trim...

How to Dry Your Harvest

Drying is one of the oldest food preservation methods, since the simple act of removing the moisture helps keep decay...

How to Freeze Your Harvest

For simplicity and speed, it’s tough to beat freezing for preserving your garden’s homegrown goodness. Frozen vegetables, fruits, and herbs...

How to Build a Super Easy Raised Bed

Make this 4- by 8-foot easy raised bed from 3 8-foot boards that you can have cut to size at the...

Summer Herb Harvesting Tips

In summer, herb gardeners get a delicious payoff for all of their efforts. Oddly enough, this is when some gardeners...

Seasoned Advice for First Time Gardeners

Lucinda Mays is that knowledgeable, helpful neighbor whom every new gardener would love to have. Since most folks aren't lucky...

How Much Water Do Vegetables Need?

A good general guideline is an inch of water per week, either by rain or watering; in arid climates, it...

Harvest Guide for Cool Weather Vegetables

Harvest your cool weather vegetables at the peak of perfection using these guidelines. Broccoli When you see a head beginning...

Harvest Guide to Summer Veggies

Use this harvest guide to recognize when your beans, tomatoes, squash, and other summer vegetables are at the peak of flavor. Beans You may...

Good Tools Work for You

Tools do make a difference in most every endeavor, especially gardening. Having tools that fit you and are well made...

Garden Clean-up

A little gardening clean-up helps prevent problems by eliminating the places where insects and diseases linger from season to season....

Confessions of a First-Time Gardener

I love looking at plants, reading about plants, and thinking about plants, but when it comes to actually getting my...

How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Looking to start a vegetable garden? Get ready to enjoy the best vegetables you’ve ever eaten. In many regions, vegetables...

The Basics of Fertilizing

With experience, you will learn how to match fertilizer amounts with plants’ needs for your climate and soil. Onions, tomatoes, sweet...

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