how to start veggie garden

You’ve been scanning Pinterest and come across lovely images of lush green gardens brimming with fresh vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Surely those gardens only belong to master gardeners or Martha Stewart, right? Wrong. Anyone, including you, can successfully grow a garden, and there’s no need to have a spare acre of land to do it in. Whatever the size of your yard, or balcony, you can grow good things right where you live. (Unless you live in Siberia, then I honestly have no idea…) There’s no magic gift that only a select few people possess for growing a garden. Even if your last houseplant died a miserable and messy death of overwatering, chances are, you can still get something growing and be able to reap the rewards. All it takes is a little planning.

Where to Begin?

If you’ve never gardened before, or if it’s simply been a while, you might not be sure where to start. Even though it may not be time to buy seeds and plants yet, there’s still planning to do before the actual planting. So here are some simple steps to help you get started:

    1. What kind of a garden do you want? Choose from a row (traditional), raised bed, or container garden. The space you have available may determine what type of garden you choose, as well as what you may want to grow, but here’s some info on each:
        1. Row Garden– This is your traditional garden with rows tilled directly into the ground and planted. Pros- no need to build beds, easy to walk through. Cons- tiller most likely required, can flood if rains are very heavy, grass/weeds can easily infiltrate.
      row garden
                                                                                           Traditional Landscape
    2. Raised Bed Garden– These gardens are usually square or rectangular “boxes” filled with dirt, and plants are grown in either rows or square-foot method (my personal fav!). Pros- fewer weeds to manage, grass won’t creep in, no tilling required. Cons- expense of building/buying the frame and adding dirt/soil.
raised bed garden
3. Container Garden– These are gardens composed of a variety of pots and containers where  various plants are grown. This is a perfect idea of those with small spaces and balconies. Pros- easy to manage, visually appealing if pots coordinate, little weeding needed. Cons-cost of purchasing pots and potting soil, limited space, can’t grow a large variety of plants.
container garden
Where to place your garden? Gardens of course need a good amount of sunlight and water. So you’ll naturally want it in an area in your yard that gets sun most of the day, and you’ll also want to consider its distance from the nearest spigot, because who wants to carry water by hand to the garden? So think about the layout of your yard, and what type of garden you’re considering, and choose the best spot.
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So what type of garden are you planning to grow this year? I’d love to hear about it.
Next Step: Getting your garden prepped for planting! (Check back early next week.)

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