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6 Easy Plants to Grow for Newbie Gardeners

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March is for plowing and growing a garden! If you’re a beginner, potted plants are the way to go. Flowers bring in colors and fragrance, veggies and herbs are practical, and even succulents give you something to come home to everyday. Try your hand at one of these beginner houseplants!

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Aloe Vera

Succulents are the obvious choice! Aloe vera is a smaller variety of aloe and perfect for your kitchen window. Even my mother grows her own natural aloe vera for skincare! Make sure to use a pot with drainage holes so it doesn’t collect too much water.

 

Tomato

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Considering both environment and care conditions, tomatoes are many people’s top choice for growing vegetables at home. Smaller varieties such as cherry tomatoes makes it easier for you to build stalk support. Sunlight is important but experiment with less watering—some say it makes tomatoes sweeter!

 

Sunflower

Sunflowers are low-maintenance compared to other flowers. Give them enough sunlight and daily watering (they can even stand a few day’s neglect), and they’ll greet you with a warm smile everyday. You can plant about 3 dwarf sunflowers in a pot with a 6 inch diameter.

 

Mint

Mint is meant to be potted because it will spread out wildly like a weed if they’re too close to other plants! Grow a pot of mint, and you’ll always have organic mint tea available, not to mention a natural bug repellent, fresh herbs for cooking, and garnish for ice cream.

 

Strawberry

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Homegrown strawberries are cute and small, and as a bonus, you can even dry the berries and leaves to make fruit tea! Growing from a small plant will be easier than growing from seed. They may seem delicate, but they need at least 6 hours of sun everyday!

 

Cosmos

Just like sunflowers, cosmos are colorful and drought-resistant, and can tolerate watering as little as once a week. Buy soil specifically for gardening pots, because they manage water more efficiently compared to garden soil moved into a pot.

 

We plan to start with mint. What do you want to start with for your garden?

Flourish and grow this spring!

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Source: Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, Midwest Living, Lifehacker, Old Farmer’s Almanac, The Telegraph

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