If it’s your first year starting a garden, research the right soil and fertilizer for your plants and fill in the gaps with the soil that’s there naturally already. You might need a composter to break down your food scraps for a second life in your garden as food for your plants. Some plants love eggshells or coffee grounds, so you can consider doing some indoor composting, as well.
Prepare the ground with a hoe and rake up the last of the winter leaves and needles. You need basic garden tools to use by hand and a good shovel. Organize your garden tools so they stay in place and in good working order. Keep your hands clean and unscratched with gardening gloves.
Set up planters, flower beds, a growing area or raised beds. Figure out if you’d like to buy flower or vegetable starts or grow from seeds. Plant bulbs early so the early spring flowers pop out bloom into summertime.