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Gardening for Beginners: Tips for First-Timers


Watch for Bugs and Other Problems

Once you have your plants in the ground, be aware of pest or diseases that could try to undo all your hard work. You can prevent pests with companion planting – pairing plants that help ward off each other’s worst enemies – or by using natural methods like water to deter aphids or beer to capture slugs. To help your plants fight off diseases, make sure they get enough sunlight, are planted in well-drained soil, and aren’t crowded in with each other.


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