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Gardening for Beginners: Tips for First-Timers


Start small to learn the basics and you’ll have a gorgeous garden in no time.
Start small to learn the basics and you’ll have a gorgeous garden in no time.
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A yard full of blooming flowers, fragrant herbs, and edible vegetables may seem out of your reach if you’ve never managed to keep so much as a cactus alive, but a thriving garden is easier than you think – even if you don’t have a green thumb. With a little research and planning, and the right attitude, you can go from brown-thumbed beginner to master gardener in just a few weeks. Here’s how.