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:
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.