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Location! Location! Location! You probably think we’re talking about real estate but no. Let’s talk gardening! Gardening has become a popular past time during the last year and it’s been an offering of solace.

More and more people are going back to the roots of gardening… pun intended. They are finding patience, comfort and a chance to learn something new in this simple task. But maybe you’re here for the fun of it, to learn some tips or tricks or to figure out if this is the right hobby for you. So, let’s take a look at gardening from the beginning!


1. Pick your poison… we mean plant!

We all have preferences when it comes to fruits, vegetables, flowers and greenery. This is where you get to decide what you want to grow. When starting out, many gravitate towards succulents and cacti.

When deciding, you’ll want to look at the needs of these plants and ask yourself, “Can I realistically dedicate the necessary time and resources to care for these plants.” This will help you figure out the plants that will fit into your lifestyle. PNW. Here are a few options to consider: Thyme, Lavender, Tomato, Peonies, Rhododendron, Lilacs, peppers, zucchini, raspberries, strawberries and mint.


2. Location!

Now that you’ve decided what you’d like to grow, it’s time to find the proper area to root them. Plants can vary widely on the amount of sun they receive, whether it’s direct light or indirect light, soil nutrients and zoning. You also have to consider traffic such as animal crossings, kids play area and pet potty preferences!

Maybe you live in an apartment or condo. Patios and decks will still work perfectly for an urban garden. You’ll want to track sun and then find planters that will suffice for your chosen plants.This may sound like a lot but a quick google search will tell you what your plant of choice will require. Then take a day to watch how sunlight filters through your yard and that will tell you exactly where to plant your garden.

Pro Tip: Did you know? Edible plants, like veggies, fruits and herbs, need roughly 6 or more hours of sunlight to thrive!


3. Access to H20

Be sure to set up a water system, whether that’s getting a hose long enough to reach your garden or having a water barrel set up nearby. This is going to ensure that you’re not lugging around pails of water back and forth from your house to thirsty plants. Basically, this sets you up for success because we all know as waves start rocking the boat, we are more apt to abandon ship!

Pro Tip: What’s a water barrel? This is a big barrel used to collect rainwater. This can reduce your water usage, therefore your water bill too. Best yet, it is easy to set up, reduces runoff pollution and erosion and conserves water in times of drought. 


4. Time for tools.

While gardening can be very low cost, there are still some supplies you’ll want to consider having on hand.


You might think, “oh a little dirt won’t hurt,” but it’s not the dirt you should be worried about. It’s the spikey weeds that like to gather in your garden. An inexpensive pair of gardening gloves will be well worth the investment, saving your hands and making gardening that much more enjoyable!

Hand Trowel

If you have a shovel already, you are set. If you’re working in a smaller space, within planters/containers or have an apartment patio garden, a hand trowel will get the job done. It is also small enough to save space when storing away. You can often find these tools for less at garage sales or thrift shops. It’s not necessary to purchase a brand-new trowel when it will just get dirty anyway.

Garden Hose, Water Wand, Watering Can… oh my! Depending on your garden size, types of plants and location of garden, you’ll want to find the right watering materials. You’ll need some sort of can or container if you’re using a water barrel or hand watering an urban garden. You will want a hose if your garden is out a ways from your home or even a water wand to reach plants that are farther back in your garden or planted in hanging baskets. Again, many of these items can be found at moving sales. Look around your community to find garage sales. Our best advice it to start small and just try it! As you begin to establish a routine and watch your plants grow and develop, you’ll start to see what works and what doesn’t. There are plenty of apps and online blogs that can offer in depth advice as well as answer questions about your garden’s health and


We can attest, that over the last month of starting our own garden it becomes second nature to tend to it. After deciding on the plants we would grow, we grabbed our Global Credit Card, went to a local nursery and found three plants to start. Now we’re considering taking out a HELOC with Global so that we can refurbish our back yard and make it a more enjoyable space for our family.

We wish you the best of luck in your gardening adventures, and when the thyme comes, we hope thistle be the best day ever!

Written By
Crystalena Lightel
Internal Communications & Programs
With degrees in Communications and Journalism, it's easy to see why Crystalena loves writing. With a newly expanded family, free time is at a max. She loves book club and finds time to get outside.

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