What Advice Would You Give a Beginner Gardener?

Reader Intelligence Report

When learning something new, I like to know the fundamentals, the basics. Is there one do this and you can't screw up thing? Great. Step-by-step instructions? Even better. Consider gardening: vastly complex or simple and accessible? It all depends on how you go about it. We know there are a number of garden sages among our Re-Nest readers, so we want to know how you got started and what you learned along the way to your one-acre plot in the backyard. (Or your one-pot indoor herb garden! All gardening shapes and sizes welcome.)

Do you have a proven list of hard-to-kill plants? A no-fail water and fertilization routine? A super hot tip from your Grandma who has the most amazing tomato plants the world has ever seen?

What is your best gardening advice for beginners?

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