New to Gardening? Start here!

First time gardener

When you're new to gardening it can get overwhelming trying to figure out where to begin. You may have a million questions... such as what type of soil do you need? What are the easiest veggies to grow? Can you grow tomatoes in pots? And more!

Here is a selection from our advice library that can help answer those questions and set you (and your garden!) up for success.

All About Soils

Watch our animated video with an overview of soil science and learn how to build healthy garden soil.

Food You Can Grow Fast

Some edibles grow faster than others. Learn which ones you can plant indoors for harvest in as little as 10 days.

Easy Seeds for Beginners

Starting seeds for the first time? Here's a list of seeds that are quick to germinate and don't require a lot of extra fussing.

When is it Warm Enough to Plant?

If you want to get your vegetable garden off to a fast start, you need to plant your seeds in soil that's warm enough to ensure good germination.

What Kind of Tomato Should I Grow?

With more than 700 different tomato varieties in cultivation today, it can be difficult to choose the variety that's best for your garden. Learn how to narrow down the list.

Top Crops for Small Vegetable Gardens

Growing a small garden is like living in a small house: it is not as easy as it looks. Choose the right plants and you'll have a bountiful harvest.

Urban Gardening with Vegetables

If you are new to growing vegetables in containers, or have had limited success, here are a few tips to help you succeed.

Raised Bed Buying Guide

Raised beds are easier to tend and produce bigger harvests. This buyer's guide will help you choose the best raised beds.

Best Materials for Raised Beds

Raised beds offer gardeners many benefits over in-ground gardening. They come in all shapes, sizes, and materials — including wood, wood composites, and metal.

Backyard Berries

Berries and other so-called small fruits generally don't require as much space as full-size fruit trees, and by growing several different types, you can enjoy home-grown fruit from early summer through late fall.

Sheet Mulching

One of the quickest ways to create thriving healthy soil for a garden and to reduce the amount of lawn you have is to sheet mulch.

Last updated: 07/12/2022