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Gardening 101: Everything You Need to Know to Actually See Your Garden Grow

In an unstable, disorienting, and often infuriating world, it can be the purest tonic to see your hydrangea reliably spring to life and throw color around your garden.

These days, more and more people are discovering the joys of playing in the dirt — or, as grown-ups prefer to call it, “gardening.”

However, it’s not as easy as chucking soil around and calling it a day. Knowing what makes plants go is the difference between The Garden Of Eden and “The Garden of Eatin’ at Arby’s Again Because My Gosh-Dang Tomatoes Won’t Behave Like Gosh-Dang Tomatoes.”

We put together some tips not only to help you know your potatoes, but also so you can watch them grow. (Imagine the day you finally wave goodbye as they drive to Potato College. So. Proud.)

The Constant Gardener: Why it’s cool again

Food gardening is in like yoga pants at the moment. Research from the National Gardening Association shows that home-grown food production has increased this much in the following groups:

  • General population: 17 percent
  • Low-income households: 38 percent
  • Millennials: 63 percent

Good for the world

Whether it’s the cost-effectiveness, the environmental sustainability, or the sheer damn nutritiousness of it all, food gardening is becoming the frozen aisle of the future.Trusted Source

Plus, given the recent COVID-related concerns around food supply, even more people have jumped on the trowel train this year.

Renewed interest in gardening may be due in part to the local food movement. Locavores are interested in having greater access to healthy, high-quality food, knowing where their food comes from, and supporting the environment and the local economy.

Organic gardening certainly ticks all the boxes.

Good for your body and brain

Gardening doesn’t only boost the health of your geraniums. The simple act of pruning a hedge can also provide significant health benefits.

  • Growing a garden encourages people to engage in other behaviors and activities that promote wellness. For example, gardeners consume more fruits and vegetables than non-gardeners.Trusted Source
  • Home gardeners who choose to grow food organically reduce their exposure to pesticides.Trusted Source
  • People end up potentially eating produce with a higher nutrient content.Trusted Source
  • Gardening also reduces stress and improves mental health.
  • A study showed that gardening also counted as moderate-intensity exercise and can help women live longer.Trusted Source

Well, what are you waiting for? Start getting those fingers green! Whether you have your own plot of land or need to pursue an alternative approach to gardening, this handy-dandy guide will have you elbow deep in compost in no time at all.

Rule numero uno: Relax and have fun. Gardening is often a process of trial and error, and we promise that it’s not as intimidating as it might seem!

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