4 Simple Thoughts When Setting up Your First Garden
Growing up I remember my grandfather’s garden. There always seemed to be plenty of fresh, delicious vegetables. Enough for us and enough to share. My grandfather was extremely proud of his garden and regularly gave visitors a tour. Gardening wasn’t just a hobby for my grandfather but also a way to provide for his family.
Have you ever thought about starting a garden but didn’t know where to start? Have you wondered if it would be worth the cost? Are you concerned that you won’t have time to maintain your garden? Are you concerned about pesticides and other chemicals in the produce you buy ? Here are some tips for starting your garden and moving you closer to that simple lifestyle you desire.
Decide How Much Space You Have for Your Garden and What Type of Garden You Want
There are several types of gardens. The type of garden you choose will be dependent on both the space and time you will have to dedicate to a garden.
- Window Box Garden
- This is a great option for limited space. – It can even be used if you are an apartment dweller without available land.
- Container Garden
- An easy way to start and works well with limited space. – It will also provide you with a low cost and functional decor option.
- In Ground Garden Bed
- Great if you have good soil and a little extra space (and time)
- Raised Bed Garden
- Gives you room to experiment and generally offers higher yields
Start Slow and Start Small
Don’t expect to turn your two acre backyard into the farm of your dreams overnight. If you try to take on too much at once you will get discouraged and spend more money than necessary. Container gardens are a great way to get started and can double as a decorative element for your porch or deck.
The least expensive route is to start your plants via seed. This may not yield the best results for a novice. The next best option is to visit the greenhouse and pick up a “flat” of 6 plants. These are starter size and less expensive than buying a more mature plant already in a larger pot.
Pick Easy to Grow Vegetables or Fruits
Some vegetables, fruits and herbs are easier to grow than others. If you are a beginner, it’s always best to pick the ones that are easier to grow. Once you see the “fruits” of your labor, you’re more likely to keep up with it.
Some great choices are: tomatoes, basil, zucchini, summer squash, parsley, oregano, cucumbers, or eggplant. This is a general list. I would suggest looking up your local area to see which plants are best for your specific region.
Part of living a simpler life is having time to do the things we enjoy doing. Gardening can be a great hobby that has the added benefit of providing food for you and your family. Enjoy the time that you are able to spend in your garden. It’s a hobby that you can do by yourself or involve your children or other family members in.
This weekend I will be taking on a container garden for it’s function as well as a decorative element for my porch. Be on the lookout for my DIY post of my Container Gardening adventure.