Gardening Tips for Beginners

Grower shares gardening tips for beginners to help get their gardens off to a great start.

| September/October 2012

Vegetable gardening is not for the faint of heart: I have learned the hard way.

For several years I tried to raise my own vegetables by researching what I thought I needed to know. Each time I applied what I learned, I was then thwarted by something totally unexpected.

Take my broccoli and cabbage patches, for instance. For two years, I planted broccoli and cabbage, and each year the plants grew beautiful leaves but no heads. After the first year, I changed seed companies, so I was frustrated the second year when I had the same results. After digging in with research, I discovered that the stress of extreme temperatures from planting too early or too late can result in beautiful leaves and no heads.

Not knowing what questions to ask until something fails is frustrating, time consuming and expensive.

Planning everything well in advance — from where to plant, how to prepare soil, what to plant, what not to plant near what, what kinds of seeds to buy, and when to plant what — is key to getting off to a great start. Here are some gardening tips for beginners.

Where to plant a garden

The actual spot you choose for your garden is not half as important as what you do with it. Choosing an area in the fall saves you time and money in the spring; when you prepare your garden soil in the fall, you can add nutrients in less costly ways. For instance, in the fall you can add matured compost with animal elements — like fish and dried horse or cow manure — on top of your garden area. This gives them time to break down sufficiently before spring tilling. At the same time, you can mulch fall leaves into the garden to add carbon and trace minerals to balance all the nitrogen.

2/19/2015 11:18:37 PM

Such a superb article! Ideas and tips that you have shared for gardening are awesome. It is very useful for those who are keen for gardening. By using your ideas one can make garden stunning. I got lots of information that will help you to get started in your garden and get the best from your seeds and plants. Nice share.

April Hughes-Spann
3/31/2014 9:41:49 AM

Thanks for the great article! I found it very informative and helpful. I am a beginning gardener and learning all I can.

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