Over the past two years, pandemic lockdowns triggered a global gardening boom that shows no signs of slowing down. People all over the world have rediscovered the simple joys of planting a seed in the earth, nurturing it, and watching it slowly blossom into something beautiful or delicious.
There’s nothing more rewarding than sitting down to enjoy a meal prepared with vegetables you’ve grown and cared for yourself. As any gardener will tell you, you can taste the love — and the difference — in every satisfying bite.
The good news is that it’s never too late to introduce the pleasures of gardening to your life. Starting a garden is much easier than you think. If you follow a few basic principles, you’ll be a green thumb in no time.
It always helps to start small. Pick a spot with a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight per day, ideally protected from wildlife, with well-drained, fertile soil rich in organic matter. Grow fruits and vegetables that are best suited to your local climate. And try to pick ones that you and your family will actually want to eat when it’s time to harvest. There are endless varieties you can plant throughout the spring and summer to guarantee a continual bounty of delights.
To get the most out of your garden, it always helps to have the right tools and equipment. Just be sure to check out with Amazon Pay, the faster and easier way to shop, so you can spend less time online and more time tending to your new garden.
Choose nursery plants
Star Jasmine Vine Shrub | Perfect Plants Nursery
You can enjoy the mesmerizingly sweet scent of the Star Jasmine Vine Shrub from late spring through summer, when its clusters of white pinwheel flowers bloom in all their fragrant glory. The fast-growing vine shrub is best known for its ability to frame nearly anything you can throw at in lustrous, dark green foliage year-round, from trellises and arbors to lampposts, porch screens, and chain link fences.
Get your gear
Master the elements with this hyper-localized weather station, which lets you monitor rainfall, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure in your backyard — and even receive early warnings of lightning strikes. Perfect for gardeners, the illuminated display makes it easy to see the highly accurate 12- to 24-hour forecast, right alongside the historical rainfall and temperature data for your exact location, giving you all the intelligence you need to make informed plant-care decisions.
Pick the planter
Sunnydaze Galvanized Steel Raised Garden Bed | Sunnydaze Decor
Made from sturdy corrugated galvanized steel to withstand outdoor weather conditions and rust, this raised garden bed for flowers, herbs, and vegetables relieves strain on your back and knees by adding height. With a rectangle shape that’s ideal for planting longer rows and reducing planting distances, it also provides improved soil conditions and moisture drainage, promoting healthier root growth. Create the ultimate growing environment for your greenery — and personal comfort.
Bring your garden indoors
Personal Rise Garden | Rise Gardens
Perfect for tight indoor spaces, the innovative 18-inch Personal Rise Garden lets you grow your own garden practically anywhere. The Wi-Fi-enabled garden is also guided by smart technology, meaning you can use the Rise Garden app to grow the perfect herbs, veggies, and leafy greens every time. Just choose your plants and the app will let you know exactly when to add nutrients and water, manage grow lights, and track growth progress. And to get you started, you’ll get eight seeded biodegradable pods with smart soil to fill out your new mini garden.
Find garden accessories
Beatrix Watering Can | Bloomist
With a low, squat shape, a round tubing handle for easy pouring, and a long spout for watering hard-to-reach plants, this chic watering can doubles as a striking modern decor object when not in use. Designed by Bloomist and handcrafted by Syzygy with a polished copperplate finish, the simple, high-quality gardening tool is as functional as it is beautiful.
Gift a plant
Aeonium Emerald Ice | Succulents Box
As easy to take care of as it is on the eyes, this Aeonium Emerald Ice succulent produces gorgeous concentric rosettes of fleshy green leaves highlighted in creamy white and arranged in a stunning geometric pattern. Though they’re slow growing, rosettes can eventually reach up to 1 foot in diameter. They’re at home both indoors and outdoors, and yours will arrive meticulously bubble-wrapped in a sturdy box.
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