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Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies that you can take up. It’s something that is practical, as a vegetable garden can feed a family if you want it to, but it’s also deeply enjoyable. There’s nothing quite like guiding a seed into a plant that you can appreciate.

However, if you’re just getting started, then you might not know how or where to plant your first seed. Here are some tips to help you to start your journey.

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Starting Small

The good thing about gardening is that it’s a relatively easy hobby to get into. You can grow plants anywhere, as long as you do your research and know how to help them to thrive. A lot of people think that you need a big backyard or allotment to grow things, but this isn’t the case.

True, some plants need a lot of space, but plenty will grow happily in small spaces and pots. For example, you can grow a herb garden on your windowsill or on pots in a small yard. Herbs are a great option because they’re so easy to grow, but they also smell wonderful and can have a huge impact on your cooking.

Even if you do have more space, it’s still a good idea to start small and not bite off more than you can chew. Setting up vegetable plots is a lot of work, so it’s a good idea to grow your garden over time rather than trying to establish a huge series of plots all at once. Start with a small plot, then add more as you get more experienced.

Grow Rooms, Tents, and Greenhouses

Another option is to grow your plants in a grow room, grow tent, or greenhouse. These options allow you to grow your plants in a more controlled environment.

A greenhouse is the most common, low-tech option. A greenhouse keeps plants a lot warmer than they would be outside, providing plenty of light and a humid environment. This is great for plants that are happier in warmer climates and allows you to grow things that would otherwise struggle.

Grow rooms and tents allow you to control the environment even more, including the light levels, temperature, and humidity. However, before investing in a specialized piece of equipment like this, you should do your research. Consider a guide to buying a grow room so that you can make the best choice. 

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What to Grow

Choosing what to grow is always a big decision, as every plant has different needs. First, research the hardiness zone of your area, so that you know what can grow in your climate and what might struggle. 

From there, you should choose plants or vegetables that are easy to grow and that your family is likely to enjoy. If you like flowers, then focus on flower beds. But if you want to grow food, then consider a variety of staples and something new that you can’t easily buy otherwise. 

Once you’re more familiar with gardening, you can move on to more challenging and interesting plants.

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