There is a lot of information out there about growing plants and food. But vegetable gardening doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need a huge amount of space. All you need is few plants to save money on your grocery bill.
The following information is about starting a garden. Figure out how much space and time you have. Then decide what you want to grow, and enjoy the fresh produce.
The basics of gardening are:
Water, Healthy Soil and Sunlight.
That’s really it for the basics. Not too hard, right?
Types of Gardens
Look at your gardening space. This will help you decide what type of garden you can manage. Everyone thinks that a garden should be surrounded with white picket fences and beautifully manicured rows. But gardening is as easy as you choose to make it. Here are some good gardening tips for beginners.
Herbs are usually fairly easy to grow. They just need loose, well-drained soil. But they don’t need much attention. You can intersperse your vegetables with certain herbs for organic pest control. It is usually a good idea to plant your perennial herbs (chives, lavender, mints, oregano, rosemary, thyme, tarragon…) in a separate bed for the next season.
Herb planting usually can be grown outside your home during warm months or inside during the winter months if you live in a cold climate.
Elevated Garden Beds
Elevated garden beds will allow you to have a garden plot anywhere. Make your own elevated bed from untreated lumber or stones or bricks. You can also buy an easy to assemble, sturdy elevated garden beds.
Elevated garden beds are handy if you are dealing with limited space or poor soil. They can be used to replace a flowerbed near a patio. They are also good if you have a bad back or can’t bend over easily.
But the biggest advantage, like container gardening, is being able to control more variables. You provided healthy soil and there are fewer weeds. Elevated beds are quite popular in garden plans. You can have one or several in a larger gardening space.
Garden containers are a wonderful way to grow plants if you have limited space. You don’t need much planning and the planters can be moved around to get the most sun.
Other positive aspects of container gardening:
- Much less weeds
- Few garden pest problems
- Self-watering containers mean low maintenance.
- Fantastic for decks, patios, porches and balconies.
- Easy to maintain nutrient rich soil conditions.
Growing herbs and vegetables inside is often overlooked. However, you can do quite a lot with indoor gardening especially if you live in a colder climate and have a limited growing season. If you have a little extra space on a covered balcony or extra room, you can easily grow a variety of vegetables all year long.
Assorted vegetables range from carrots, celery, cress, cucumbers, radishes, peppers, lettuce, potatoes squash, turnips, onions and much more. Depending on the space that you have, you are not limited to just growing herbs indoors.
There are several varieties of mint: peppermint, lemon mint, spearmint, rosemary, white sage and more. Although you can start these plants from seed, it does take more time than if you buy the plants already started at the nursery. It is more of a matter of preference of the gardener which way to go.