How does your garden grow? With Thrive Market-approved seeds, of course! Whether you’re a garden novice, container plant extraordinaire, or backyard pro, there’s something for everyone. Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a great way to reduce your monthly food budget, enhance overall health, and do some good for the planet at the same time. If you’re brand new to the gardening world or have limited space to work with, start small. A pot or two of herbs will help get you started, and you’ll love being able to snip cilantro or rosemary to add to your favorite dishes on the fly. And remember, gardening is a journey. Sometimes the weather is unpredictable, there are pests to contend with, or a planting simply doesn’t go as planned. Just celebrate the little victories and get ready to do it all over again the next season.
Beginner Gardening Tips
Echoing what we shared above, starting small is one of the best ways to get off on the right foot when it comes to gardening. Tending plants takes time, and if you plant too much, you could easily feel overwhelmed right off the bat. Here are a few other tips:
- Location, location, location: Where you position your garden is the first step to having a successful growing season. You want your plants to be close enough to access, and get plenty of light if the herbs and vegetables you’re planting require it. Before you make a final decision, watch your patio or yard for a couple of weeks and pay close attention to how the sun hits it. Then choose seeds that need the amount of light your space offers.
- Keep water nearby: In addition to the right location, a reliable water source is a must. A garden hose is one of the easiest ways to water, but you can also fill up a pitcher in the kitchen if that’s closer for you.
- Consider soil health: Nutrient-rich soil will help your plants grow. Opt for organic soil from your local nursery, or even your own soil made from compost.
- Seasonal know-how: The timing of when you choose to plant your garden can make or break growth. Every region is different, so be sure to pay attention to the last frost dates in your area so you don’t accidentally harm your plants by placing them in the dirt too early.
Top Garden Seeds Brands
Meet two of our top garden seed brands.
Back to the Roots
Back to the Roots was founded in Oakland, California, in 2009 by two friends who left their corporate jobs to become urban mushroom farmers. At-home experiments eventually evolved into indoor gardening kits that make it easy for anyone to start growing their own food.
Best Garden Seeds
Give your garden the best chance of success by getting started with some of our best seeds.
Seeds of Change Pollinator Collection
The seeds in this collection—like Crackerjack Marigold, Siberian Wallflower, and Tiger’s Eye Sunflower Mix—will help attract bees to pollinate your garden.
Back to the Roots Kitchen Herb Garden in a Can
If you have a sunlit window sill, you can grow herbs in a can. The kit comes with everything you need to start your garden (including basil, mint, and cilantro), and the cans don’t need any draining or transplanting.
Seeds of Change Red Russan Kale Seeds
Kale is a hearty leafy green that thrives in a variety of environments. After planting the seeds, you’ll have a crop ready in about 55 days, which needs full to partial sunlight to thrive.
Organic Food and Farming Resources
Whether you’re just getting started with organic food or are ready to embrace Biodynamic agriculture, there’s still a lot for all of us to learn.
Benefits of Organic Food
Whether you buy it at the grocery store, join a farm-share program, or grow your own, there are lots of benefits to enjoying a diet filled with organic food.
What Is Biodynamic Agriculture?
Get the scoop on Biodynamic. This designation involves a complex certification process, and treats the entire farm holistically.
Sustainable Farming 101
This movement never really went anywhere, but it’s been returning to the mainstream as consumers begin demanding more from food companies.