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5 Common Garden Myths Debunked: The Truth About Gardening at Home


Do you want to be a part of the green movement but you’re a little unsure of where to start? Or maybe you’re just looking to do something low-impact that won’t take up much time, but will still leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished something? Or maybe you have an overabundance of green thumbs, and you just want to know what the hubbub is about before you dive in headfirst? Whatever the reason may be, gardening at home may be something you feel up to doing. But, before you start jumping into your next garden project, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. After all, you wouldn’t just start painting a wall without knowing how to do it.

The following list outlines five common myths about gardening at home and what the proper way to go about it is. Read on to learn more.


You Have to Have Land to Garden

You’ve probably heard that you need a yard to be able to garden at home. But that’s actually not true! You can use pots and containers in your backyard, balcony, or even on your patio to start your own indoor garden. You don’t need a lot of space to grow your own vegetables. The key is making sure you have enough space for the plant’s root system and sunlight to reach all parts of the plant.


You Need a Green Thumb

The truth about gardening at home is that you don’t need a green thumb. You don’t have to be an expert to have success in your garden. In fact, it’s okay if you’re a novice and don’t know the first thing about plants or landscaping. Gardening is a great way for beginners to get their feet wet, so to speak.

If you have no idea what you should do with the dirt or plants, there are plenty of resources out there that can help. Just Google “gardening tips” and see what pops up! You can find some really helpful information on how to start a garden without any previous experience by following these simple steps. Garden news


You Need to Be in the Sun

No, you don’t need to be in the sun. You can garden just about anywhere as long as you have light. If you’re not sure where you want to start your project, try a few different areas of your home and see what grows best there.


You Need to Have Rainwater Harvesting Equipment

If you’re looking to start a garden at home, you may be tempted to head straight for the nearest hardware store and buy all the rainwater harvesting equipment. Although it may be tempting to have those items on hand, they’re not strictly necessary for any garden at home. You can always purchase them if desired or when funds permit later on, but that’s not a necessity for starting a garden.


You Need to Be Proactive About Pests and Insects

No matter what you do, at some point in your gardening journey you’re going to have a pest or insect problem. That’s just the truth of it. It doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything wrong – just that pests and insects are always looking for easy sources of food and water, and they’ll find it if they can.

Gardeners will tell you one of the best ways to keep those pesky critters away is by being proactive about them. Pests like slugs need a moist, shady spot to live, so make sure you weed out any plants in your garden that aren’t necessary and put up screens to keep them out. Insects also need water, so make sure to water your plants every day or two (depending on the season). And finally, make sure to get rid of any weeds that may harbor pests or insects.


You Need to Be an Expert in Horticulture

It doesn’t matter how much gardening experience you have. Yes, it can be a little daunting at first to not know what you’re doing and if your plants will thrive in this new environment. But, the great thing about gardening is that there are plenty of resources for you to learn from. The internet is full of articles about how to grow each individual plant. So, don’t worry if you don’t know what fertilizer your plants need or why they need it–you can find out online! You can also speak with a local garden center for more information about what type of soil and fertilizer would work best for your specific plants (or better yet, purchase a starter kit).



Gardening is a great way to relax, enjoy the outdoors and produce delicious fresh food for your family. But it can be intimidating for the novice gardener.

Fortunately, we’ve debunked five common myths about gardening and are ready to share our secrets with you.

So grab that bag of compost, trowel and wheelbarrow, and get ready to start gardening at home!

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