The last 3 weeks we have been talking about starting your first garden. We have planned the location, chosen the plants and discussed what to do to nurture your garden all season long.
This week, I want to give you some encouragement in starting your first garden. This can be for those who have started a garden in the past without much luck or harvest as well.
I reached out to some other homesteading bloggers to see what advice they would give. Therefore, we will end this beginner gardening series with tips from the pros. I asked them one question:
What would be your best advice for a beginner as they get started gardening?
Melissa K Norris @ www.melissaknorris.com
Shaye Elliott @ www.theelliotthomestead.com
The trick to beginning your first garden is to abandon all fear! Fear will hold you back from finding success in it all! You’ve gotta prepare yourself for the failure that will inevitably come – even the best gardeners have their failings. Focus on what IS working, what IS growing, and celebrate the small victories!
Jill Winger @ www.theprairiehomestead.com
“Don’t be afraid to fail at gardening, especially during those first few years. Gardening is part science and part art, and there are absolutely parts you won’t be able to predict or control. However, don’t let that deter you— embrace the colossal flops and always, always try again next year.”
Laurie Neverman @ www.commonsensehome.com
Start small and grow foods you enjoy eating. A small, well-tended garden can produce as much or more than a large, unkempt garden.Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy garden. Use mulch and cover crops to protect and nourish the soil. Learn to use your weeds. Many are edible, or can be used for medicine, or both. Plus – anyone can grow weeds! They can also be used to diagnose soil problems without a lab test.
Jessica Lane @ www.104homestead.com
Take your time. If you try to do it all at once, you’ll quickly become overwhelmed and end up feeling defeated. Start small and “grow” a little more each year.
Heather Harris @ www.thehomesteadinghippy.com
Start small, take one thing at at time. Don’t try and plant your entire food supply the first year you start out. Stick with higher quantities of less varieties of veggies. More green beans, more tomatoes, more peppers instead of an array of all different types. Learn to grow 5 things well, then add 1-2 new plants each year.
My advice to new gardeners:
Much of the advice centers around starting small, and I think that is wonderful advice.
Grow something your family loves and that you buy a lot of.
Choose plants that typically grow very well in your area, so that you are more likely to have a great harvest.
You don’t have to do everything your first year. Don’t worry about starting seeds indoors, companion planting or soil testing.
Get some seeds or plants from the store and try it out the first year. The next year you can add different plants and try different techniques.
Just get in there and do it! There is no better feeling than feeding your family food you (and hopefully they) grew with your own 2 hands. Get started today!
I hope these “tips from the pros” will help you get motivated to start a garden this year. This beginner gardening series gives you the information to get started and get growing!
Don’t forget to check out our other posts in the Beginner Gardening Series:
Beginner Gardening Series #4: Tips from the Pros
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