photo credit: Mike the Gardener
|You do not need decades of experience in order to have a successful home vegetable garden. Whether you are going to grow vegetables in a container, raised bed, traditional garden, or via any number of other methods, here are three gardening tips that can help beginning gardeners make the most of their time and efforts.
TIP #1: GROW WHAT YOU LIKE TO EATThis tip is true for experienced vegetable gardeners as well as brand new gardeners. Grow what you like to eat. It baffles me, how many people grow a lot of items that they would never consume. When you grow what you like to eat you are more likely to maintain your garden. Knowing that the end vegetable is something you can eat will be motivational for you.
For instance, I love tomatoes. Therefore I grow a lot of tomatoes. Waiting to take a bite into the first tomato of the season is always something I look forward to. If you don’t like tomatoes, it would make no sense for you to grow them, unless you plan on giving them away to friends, family, neighbors or those in need.
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TIP #2: KEEP YOUR GARDEN SMALL AND MANAGEABLEI have seen this many times with beginning vegetable gardeners. They get excited about growing their own fresh vegetables at home and til under half their property. They plant all kinds of seeds and plants, organic, heirlooms and anything else they can get their hands on, and then 30 days later, the garden is a mess.
Listen to Mike talk about these tips from his appearance on the Easy Organic Radio Show with Host Sheri Frey
Gardens are work when you do not know what you are doing. There is maintenance involved such as weeding, staking plants and so on. When a new vegetable gardener starts large they will get discouraged when they are not familiar with the work and tasks involved.
TIP #3: KEEP YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN IN SIGHTI have appeared on many radio and TV broadcasts talking about easy tips gardeners can use and this one always gets the host to go “ah ha”. After speaking with many gardeners from all over the world I have found that when the garden is in sight of the room in their house that they frequent the most, it keeps the garden on top of their minds.
For me, I can see all of my garden beds, fruit bushes and trees from two different windows in my kitchen. That was by design. First thing in the morning I look out my kitchen window and see what, that’s right, my vegetable garden.
These of course are not the be all end all for tips. If you have some tips that you would like to share, by all means do so in the comments section below.
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