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Gardening for newbies

August 2, 2017

We had an awesome vegetable garden when I was really young. I still have vivid memories of munching on peas, digging up potatoes and making "chive soup" (my sister and I made it up, recipe as follows: sun-warmed water from the garden hose and chives chopped up with our craft scissors in an old plastic margarine tub, and yes, it was as gross as it sounds). Unfortunately, I didn't pay much attention to the gardening part, just the eating part. 


This year I was determined to grow my own produce. I am trying out this whole "adult" thing, after all, so it seemed fitting. I started by doing a bit of half-assed google research, traveled two cities over to get a couple free gardening classes and then just kinda started. I am certainly not an expert yet, but I think sometimes us average people have to help each other get the ball rolling. And maybe we can learn from each other too.




I really hope I can encourage you all to grow some veggies. Big or small, theres always a good reason to get started. Certainly flower gardening has it's perks, too, don't get me wrong. But I fall into the lazy AF category of flower gardening, where I want to plant a hosta somewhere, do nothing and pray it comes back every year until I move. Though, I'm sure that will change when I am a home owner.


If you are thinking about trying out a wee bit of gardening, here are some good questions to get you started in this mindset:

  1. How much space do you have?

  2. Do you want a raised bed, in ground or container garden? 

  3. How much sun do you get? Most vegetables need full sun (or at least ~6 hours per day) 

  4. Do you want to start from seed or buy plants?

  5. Do you have any garden pests? (bunnies, deer, racoons, squirrels, bugs) 

  6. What is your soil like? (clay, sand, rocky)

  7. What kind of vegetables do you want to eat? And what will grow in your region? 


At the end of the day, you can just start with one or two plants and see how they do. I did container gardening on my balcony this past summer, and I will post more about that soon. 










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