As we near the end of April, the excitement of May flowers is here. If you’re a new homeowner or you’ve never had a garden before, we have some of the top tips for getting started for beginners. You don’t need to be born with a green thumb – everyone can learn!

Know Your Plants: Before you begin planting, make sure you understand what your plants will need. All plants require different levels of sunlight, soil, weather, and watering, so make a list of what needs to be done for your plants to thrive.

Follow the Sun: An important first step to gardening is understanding how much or little sun the seeds you are planting will need. Most edible plants will need 6 hours of direct sun, while some other flowers only need indirect light. Start by understanding what your plants need.

Pick the Right Location: Plants thrive in different locations. Some need a spot in indirect light that’s damper while others need to be in the sun as much as possible. Picking the right location in your yard is important.

Get Great Soil: Invest in good soil. Soil that is nutrient-rich and well-drained will make a big difference when you are planting outdoors especially. As your indoor plants mature, don’t forget about replotting and resoiling.

Learn Your Dates: Planting too early or too late will affect the way your plants grow, so make sure to plant and harvest according to what works best.

Have Water Readily Available: The best gardening tip you can get is to plant your new garden near a water source that way it is readily available and easier to tend to when your plants get thirsty.

Amend Your Soil: Plants depend on soil for nutrients and drainage. In order to grow your best garden, add compost, leaf mold or manure to increase the ability of the soil to drain and hold moisture.

Grow a Variety: There are several different growing seasons, so pick a variety of plants, so you can have a thriving garden year-round!

If you’ve never had a garden before, now is the perfect time to start!