What plants should I grow first in a garden?

 What plants should I grow first in a garden?

it’s entirely up to you! Your climate will put limits on what will thrive in your location. Still, there are lots of plants that will love to grow for you wherever you live.

I suggest trying a variety of plants that you know will be rewarding. I'm going to suggest flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Flowers give you colour and butterflies; vegetables give you food; herbs give you great aromas from their leaves.

Among flowers, I find vincas, zinnias, marigolds, and petunias to be easy and dependable. It's a good idea to get more than one kind because sometimes one does great and another kind doesn't even sprout.

You should try a couple of vegetables too. Tomatoes are everyone's favourite, and I would plant some kind of peas too. I love eating them right off the bush and still in the pod. Gourds are fun; you can't eat them, but the vines climb all over and you can put them around the house and enjoy the colours, or dry them out.

Finally, herbs. I'm extremely partial to herbs because when you bruise the leaves, you get wonderful aromas (and of course you can cook with them or put them on food like eggs or in soups.) Oregano comes back for me year after year, sage is very useful and attractive, rosemary laughs at frost and becomes a bush, and lavender is a classic in cooler climates. Any herb with "lemon" in the name is going to smell wonderful!

Just a word or two further - you will get bugs eating your plants. I never use chemicals to kill them, because the insecticides also kill the "good" bugs. 

For every kind of bug that eats your plants, there are good bugs that eat the bad bugs. Do set yourself the goal of staying chemical-free and giving the good bugs a chance to multiply and keep the bad ones down to a dull roar.

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Also, some plants are picky about where they are growing; I often try the same plant six feet apart and one grows, the other doesn't. It could be a small difference in how much sun or shade they are getting, a difference in a drainage that keeps one better-watered, or maybe the way the fence steers the wind. If a plant you like isn't happy in one spot, you can try it in another spot. (Easier with potted plants, of course.)

Have fun with your gardening, it's something millions of us love to do, so glad you're getting into it!

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