A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Garden

Food is expensive, and when you like to eat everything in sight it becomes really expensive.

When people offer advice such as “starting your own garden”,  common excuses tend to stand in the way. “It’s too much work, I don’t have the time.” “I don’t have any space!” or most of all, “I don’t have a green thumb! Plants can’t grow around me.”

It’s time to throw those excuses out the window because starting a small garden can be easy, inexpensive, and most of all, fun; so when you’re saving time and money at the grocery store and eating all those delicious fruits and veggies, you can go ahead and thank us later!

fresh farm home growth reddish and green salad in wooden plate wKeep it simple, and plan ahead.

When starting a garden for the first time, the easiest thing to do is keep it small and keep it simple. Realistically look at how much space you have, and what space you want to dedicate to the garden; whether it’s indoor (to start) or outdoors, you can get really creative with your garden set up.

Secondly, think about what fresh foods you like to eat and make a small list of 8-10 items; i.e. cucumber, tomatoes, kale, lemon, cilantro, etc.

Once you have a list, it’s easy to look up the level of difficulty in terms of gardening, and the requirements/growing season needed for each item. Your list will shrink based on what’s available and how much work it takes, giving you a good number of 5-7 plants to start with. Here’s a good search outlet to get started!

Our Top List of Easy Food Plants:fresh-veggies-garden

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Jalapeños/Peppers
  • Green beans
  • Beats
  • Chard
  • Zucchini Squash
  • Chives
  • Basil

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Get creative, and allow Pinterest to be your best friend when it comes to planting; almost anything can be turned into a pot or a planter – empty pot, old ladder, a couple of pieces of 4×4’s nailed together, an old pallet, etc. If you want the least labor intensive option possible for a deck or outdoor space, grab a couple of mismatched pots from Lowe’s, a few bags of potting soil and arrange however you’d like!

Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends

Gardening can be as extravagant or as simple as you’d like it to be, which is why it’s always nice to ease into things; this allows you to see how much you enjoy it and what you’re willing to commit to. So to get started, you can go the easy route or the more challenging, by either buying existing plants or starting with seedlings. Most retailers will only sell plants that are in season, but it’s best to double-check to be sure.

With seedlings, planting at the proper time of the year is essential to have it reach it’s optimum growth stage, AKA when it’s good enough for you to eat!

There are so many great guides to get you started as you find your green thumb, but trust us, it’s fun, easy, and completely worth it when you eat your first meal, harvested from your very own garden!starting-a-garden-cool-downplatning-garden

Some more resources:

Kitchen Gardeners

Greatist

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