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Why You Should Start Gardening

Spring is in the air! It’s refreshing to see the flowers blooming, the grass getting greener, and the leaves growing back. 

National Gardening Day is on April 14th, and I wanted to pass along some introductory ideas and tips.

Why should you start gardening? Well, it’s fun! People of any age can enjoy gardening. Gardening is a physical activity that gives you a reason to go outside to enjoy the warmer weather and get more vitamin D! 

There are many different approaches you can take to gardening. For one, you can grow indoors or outdoors. Growing indoors can keep you busy during the winter season. Multiple studies have shown that plants can improve the air quality in your home too!

You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and houseplants. Growing your own food adds extra benefits because your food is fresher and can save you time and money. 

Gardening can also be a creative outlet for people. You can design your own pattern and layout when planting in your yard. You can choose containers, pots, and gardening boxes that match the interior/exterior and style of your home. You can even go the extra mile and paint them yourself!

How do you get started? There are plenty of gardening books and seminars that can teach you the basics. A simple way to learn is by following gardening pages and groups on social media to learn and get inspiration as you scroll.

Gardening can surprisingly be a social hobby. Many towns have community gardens, nurseries, and clubs where you can meet knowledgeable people and get inspired. You can plant there if you don’t have the space or ability to at your home. There are also plant swaps where you bring seeds or a plant clipping to swap with others. Look on social media sites like Facebook or Meetup for plant swaps nearby.

See below for a list of the easiest plants for beginners:

  • Succulents
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Herbs
  • Zinnias
  • Pansies
  • Bachelor Buttons
  • Marigolds

Gardening is a versatile and creative hobby that is perfect for springtime. Now that you know how to get started, get out there and enjoy this wonderful season! It is amazing to watch something beautiful grow from just a seed.

     I recommend starting with succulents because they are low maintenance and thrive in many conditions, including indoors. I’ve had great luck with them, and they are beautiful!
    My favorite plant is my succulent. I recommend starting with succulents because they are low maintenance and thrive in many conditions, including indoors. 
AOPA employee Caroline Smith headshot at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Maryland, February 27, 2023. Photo by David Tulis.
Caroline Smith
Product Marketing Coordinator
Caroline Smith is a Product Marketing Coordinator at AOPA. She graduated from Towson University with a BS in Business Administration. She has experience writing as a Marketing Intern at the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce in Essex, MD, where her work was featured in the Avenue News. She enjoys pet sitting, reading thrillers, and crocheting.
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