End of Google, according to Google Trends, interest in growing a garden reached an unprecedented high, while the American seed company W. Attle Burpee & Co. would have sold more seeds than at that time from its 144 years of history. The reason was simple: people were looking for a smart solution to the food supply anxiety caused by the coronavirus epidemic (read more here).
But even if life slowly returns to “normal”, the intrigue around creating a garden remains – Good Housekeeping saw an almost 200% increase in interest in our gardening content in May 2020 compared to last year.
Whether you want to exercise your creativity, increase the attractiveness of your home or lead a healthier life, starting a garden from scratch is a fun way to achieve these goals. In fact, Gwenn Fried, director of therapeutic horticulture at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, notes that it is really worth considering its health benefits, ranging from lowering blood pressure to rising mood. “Nature has a huge impact on health and well-being,” says Fried. “We know that people’s cortisol levels drop in a calm, green environment.”
In addition to the desire to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty, cultivating a healthy garden as a novice requires patience and basic knowledge about the types of plants (and how to organize them), the right way to stretch the soil and the best tools to rely on. Here we share the ultimate gardening guide for beginners, whether you’re looking to grow healthy vegetables or Instagram-worthy plants and flowers. Plus, check out some of our favorite gardening tools available to buy online now.
- 1 Vegetables 101
- 2 Flowers + plants 101
- 3 Essential tools
7 tips for a high-yield vegetable garden (Even when space is limited)
10 easy-to-grow vegetables without the help of a pro
Flowers + plants 101
Summer flowers for the prettiest garden ever
The best perennial flowers for any yard
10+ easy-to-grow flowers for a remarkable garden
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