Today’s new gardener is a backyard aficionado, interested in growing food, expanding backyard activities, and improving wellness. While some amount of lawn space will remain important for outdoor enjoyment, new gardeners seek to go beyond grass, looking for native plantings that support wildlife and setting aside space to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit. As well, they want to use fewer synthetic chemicals, relying instead on natural processes to build a healthful outdoor living space. With such an assortment of goals, how will new gardeners learn the ropes?
According to Dubow, as they have in the past, new gardeners will start by asking family and friends. “The over-the-fence model is stronger than ever,” Dubow says. “But community groups online are also great sources of information. Joining a local gardening group will not only give you important regional tips, but connect you with local people who love to garden, and you might even score some free plants.”