What One Needs To Know Before Starting Gardening
AILSA CHANG, HOST:
So you want to feel more grounded during these uncertain times. Well, how about starting a garden? And before you get your hands dirty, here's a checklist.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
First, know your options. What thrives in a sunny yard will be very different from what succeeds on a shady fire escape.
CHANG: Next, you'll need healthy soil with the right structure and texture. You can purchase some at your local hardware store, or you can make your own by composting.
KELLY: Last, you're going to need something to plant. Hardy herbs like parsley and cilantro can start as seeds, but if you're dreaming of a caprese salad, you're going to need your basil and tomatoes to start off as seedlings.
CHANG: And, of course, like so much of life, the garden will only thrive if you tend to it regularly.
KELLY: For more gardening advice, visit npr.org/lifekit. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.