Having a green thumb is all the rage now. However, planting, growing and harvesting aren’t always easy. These gardening tips from Canadian experts will make sure that you don’t mess it up.\nIf you've been taking up new hobbies while staying at home, gardening might be next on your list now that we’re well into spring and almost into summer.\nAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) released a bunch of tips from expert researchers about how to exercise your green thumb and grow the best garden you can.\n"Gardening is an activity that remains unaffected by COVID-19 physical distancing limits, and it’s a great way for households to connect with nature while providing some light exercise," the government agency said in a newsletter.\nFirst and foremost, every garden begins with soil and if you want a healthy one, you’ll need to get quality soil.\nSince we live in such a vast country, soil takes on different textures in different places, but all of them have been studied by researchers with AAFC for almost 100 years.\nBefore planting anything, dig up some dirt and toss it gently in your hands.\n"It should be dark, crumble easily and smell fresh," said Keith Reid, an AAFC research scientist.\nAlso, tilling the soil can actually be destructive so the experts suggest only doing it when you’re planting seeds or starting a new garden bed.\nView this post on Instagram Lettuce, a leafy green that is essential for the garden, and in our daily diets. Lactuca sativa or lettuce is easy to grow and can be harvested earlier than other vegetable crops, so you can start enjoying leafy greens all summer long. Some well seasoned gardeners can keep their lettuce going well into fall as well, this of course requires more care, and protective techniques because of frost. We know in our family, we are always grateful if we get to enjoy a salad on Christmas morning all from our nonno’s garden! How amazing 💚🥬 There are SO many lettuce varieties, what is your favourite ? OR are you are trying something new this year ? Comment Below 👇🏻#lettucegrow #lettuce #lactucasativa #lovelettuce #growyourownfood #growfood #growvegetables #harvestvegetables #zappaseeds #canadagardens #canadiangardening #vegetablegardens #growyourown #ediblegarden #ediblelandscaping #gardenlife #gardeningknowhow #gardeninglife #plantyourplate #plantyourfood #plantseeds A post shared by Zappa Seeds (@zappaseeds) on Apr 30, 2020 at 5:54am PDT\nWhen planting, try intercropping.\nThat means you put more than one type of plant together instead of having all your different vegetables separate.\nYou actually get better crop yields when you grow corn, squash and beans together.\n"Intercropping allows the soil to hang onto more nutrients," said Dan Reynolds, a research scientist at AAFC Harrow Research and Development Centre. "These nutrients travel from the soil, to crops, to your belly – it’s a triple win."\nIf you’re growing veggies, they need twice as much water and more soil nutrients than flowers do, so you’ll have to water and fertilize more often.\nView this post on Instagram Peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and lime...🌶Just realized we planted everything to make salsa.😂 We used to grow kale and radishes out here but that was kinda pointless with this fam...chips & salsa and margaritas are more our speed. 🌮🍹🤘🏼 #farmtocup #farmtotable #sideyardgarden #growwhatyoueat A post shared by Fredrickson Landscape, Inc. (@fredricksonlandscapeinc) on Mar 6, 2020 at 6:41pm PST\nYou'll also need seeds, which are more popular than ever.\nVeseys, a P.E.I.-based business that you can order seeds from, is experiencing a boom in sales like it’s never seen before.\nThe company told the CBC that the largest demographic of digital buyers is now people between 25 and 34 years old and it’s been a buying frenzy since March.\nAAFC is going to continue giving gardening tips so if you want to make sure you’re growing like a pro in your backyard or in a community garden, keep an eye on their online newsletter.