How to Start Your First Garden
So you want to know how to start your first garden? It’s not as easy as it might look on the surface, but with the right tools you’ll be on your way to gardening like a pro in no time! If you have a large area to plant a garden in, you could even grow crops and sell them. Buying a $2 tomato plant can easily turn into pounds and pounds of tomatoes to sell! Creating extra income for my family, while doing something I love, is always on my “to do” list!
Choose the type of garden you’re going to create.
Is your first garden going to be a traditional one? Are you on a limited budget, or maybe working with limited space? Container gardens might be a better option for you if you’re working with a smaller area. Do some research to see which type of garden will best fit your needs, space, budget, and landscape. Small Gardens and How to Make the Most of Them is a free ebook that can help you decide what/how to plant if you’re tight on space.
Decide on what to plant.
Do you want to grow herbs? Flowers? Vegetables? All of the above? Garden Wisdom & Know-How walks you through not only the types of gardens but basically everything you need to know to plant, grow, and harvest your plants. It’s less than $20, and totally worth the investment.
Which plants grow best in your part of the world? Do the plants you want to grow require more sunlight than your weather provides? You can grow vegetables in the shade, if you know which ones to pick! Check out this article: Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade.
Grab the gear.
There are many items you can use for gardening, but as a beginner you can start with just a few. Depending on the size of your garden, you may use more or less than what I have listed. Join gardening groups on Facebook and sites like MeetUp to get tips from other experienced gardeners in your area (and from all over the world!).
- Gardening Gloves
- Water Hose (or Watering Can)
A few tips for starting your first garden…
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is an amazing resource for all gardeners – new and old. It has helped me a lot when I wasn’t sure what to do, which crops to plant when, etc. If you’re growing fruit, The Fruit Gardener’s Bible is also a great tool to guide you along your way to growing organic fruits, berries, and nuts.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Gardening is a lot of work – don’t let the pretty pictures and happy old ladies in the big sun hats fool ya! Start small if you don’t have a lot of time and energy to dedicate to your new garden. It’s better to have a small one this year and expand next year, instead of starting a big garden and having it fail because you weren’t prepared.
The Almanac will tell you what to plant, when to plant it, how many of each vegetable to plant in each row, and much more! It’s a free online resource that many gardeners rely on year after year.
Last but not least, have fun! Gardening can be a very educational (and exciting!) family activity. No matter how old your children are, there is a gardening task they can complete! Whether your toddler is helping you pull weeds, or your older children are helping till the soil, involve everyone and the fruits of your labor will be that much more rewarding!
What’s your best gardening tip? Tell me in the comments!
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