One of the great joys of gardening is learning how to successfully grow a new plant. Whether you're a novice or an expert, managing to create and sustain plant life brings about a sense of accomplishment. Every species is distinct and requires specific growing conditions. Still, all plants share similar requirements. When given proper care, vegetables, shrubs and flowers will thrive and flourish.
Prepare potting soil in a bed in your lawn if growing outdoors, or in a pot if growing indoors. Mix in fertilizer and compost if growing outdoors for added nutrients. Alternately, start with good potting soil. If planting outdoors, choose a place that receives adequate sunlight without too many other plants competing for resources. Plant outdoors in early spring, after the last frost.
Plant your seedling, cutting or seed in a shallow hole. Place seedlings in the dirt and cover the roots with soil, so the leaves and shoots remain above ground. Bury seeds at a depth of 2 inches.
Cover the seeds with dirt, or push dirt around the base of the seedling.
Water the seeds or seedlings immediately after planting with a watering can or a gardening hose with a sprayer head attached. Continue to water daily for the next few weeks, then during dry spells.
Weed around your plants when necessary. Weeds compete for resources and can choke out your new plant.