Thinking of growing your own food this year! Don’t let the goal intimidate you! GO IN HEADFIRST!
What kind of food does your family eat?
Let us just dive right in. What do you eat? What do the people around you eat? Even though you may not think you will yield much of a crop it isn’t a bad idea to think ahead for the chance you may it is best to be prepared! Especially since nothing is worse than wasted food. Once you got that figured out lets check out what your set up will look like.
How to determined a Garden Bed Location
If you live in apartment, do you have a balcony? or a good window to set up shop by? If so that makes this journey a bit easier. Since you have already determined what you may possibly grow you will have to looking into the the variation of seeds/plants you plan on tending. Usually the seed packet or seedling will have the recommended sized so all you will have to worry about is pot size!
Seeds for Beginners
I have included some seed brands that I found success working with!
Otherwise if you find you are not interested in browsing anything other than your local greenhouse then by all means go and do that! The point of gardening is to enjoy the process. Trust me its rewarding!
Gardening Zone for Beginning
Before you plant anything, especially seed starting, make sure to check your zone.
Knowing your zone will help you decide when to start seeds indoor and when to transfer outside as well to protect them from the dreaded last and first frost of the gardening season.
Raised Garden Beds vs In-Ground Garden Beds
Now if apartment living isn’t your situation your options are almost endless.
The first and most cost effective option is creating an in ground garden. Since you have already determined your crop this year these are the main thoughts to consider before you pick up a shovel:
- Sun/Shade Times
- Water Accessibly
- Possible Pests
- Size of desired plot
Once you have nailed down your desired garden space you can start turning the ground. A basic shovel will do but if you really want to give your self an extra hand a Rototiller will do the job very well! But by no means does this mean you need one to garden. Starting off small and getting your hands dirty will teach you way more of what kind of soil you are working with.
Lastly, when locating your desired plot, is the consideration of pests. That doesn’t mean you have to do a raised bed, because if I am being honest if they want to get in they will find a way, but considering some fencing is not a bad choice.
Using a raised bed can also be nice and easy on the body. But some things to consider when starting a raised bed is:
- Extra soil
- Extra watering
- Extra funds to construct garden bed(s)
Now none of the reasons listed are to turn you off from creating a raised bed but just so you don’t surprise yourself with the extras that can come with raised beds. Starting out small no matter what the direction you take is always a great choice.
Gardening Tools to Make Life Easier
Lastly, regardless whether you use pots or garden in ground, here are some tools that are smart to have in your arsenal to grow your gardening hobby!
Now that you found a foundation to start your new gardening hobby! The next best advice I have for you is going in head first. The best way to learn is by experience.
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