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General gardening

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Vegetable gardening

Vegetable gardening is more work than growing perennials so have reasonable expectations. Since edible plants are designed to be eaten, they don't tend to be as carefree as ornamental plants because every critter out there wants to eat them and they're less forgiving if they aren't regularly weeded and watered. Remember, plants show they're sick long before they die. Usually this looks like wilting plants, plant diseases, or insects that aren't helpful to the plant.

If it's your very first time gardening, we recommend skipping the part where you sow all of your own seeds indoors since that's it's own learning curve. You can learn that next year. Instead, we recommend that brand new gardeners stick with vegetables that you can direct sow and will still produce here, or, if you have the extra budget, pick up some inexpensive six packs of vegetable plants shortly before planting them. Don't feel like this is a cop out either. This is how most of us started! Taking on too much for your first year is overwhelming and gardening is meant to be enjoyed.

Here are the vegetables we recommend for new gardeners.

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Best ornamentals for new gardners

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