12 Intriguing Facts All Beginner Gardeners Should Know

Living in the generation post-Martha Stewart and residing in the middle of a city with abundant farmers markets, there wasn’t incentive for me to ever learn how to sow and harvest my own produce. However, I finally have an opportunity to grow a garden in raised beds, so I’m trying to chat up every gardener I know to gather facts for a beginner. Some of these tips surprised me — did you know lavender is a natural pest controller? These are the 12 most intriguing lessons I’ve learned thus far, so read on if you’ve got basic questions about getting into gardening for the first time.