7 tips on how to start your garden

Starting an edible garden can be daunting but we are set up with the sole purpose of making it easy.

Maybe you love cooking with fresh produce, or perhaps you’ve decided to eat healthier, or maybe you’re looking for an activity to engage kids in outdoor fun. Whatever the reason, where do you begin?

As a new gardener, learning how to plant a garden may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry. We’ve broken the project down into 7 easy steps to get you started.

1. Start small

This is one of the biggest mistakes a new gardener can make, being overly ambitious when starting a garden. Set realistic goals for your first year — think one bed or a collection of containers. Give yourself a chance to learn how to keep your plants healthy and productive, then enjoy the harvest. There’s always next year to expand!

2. Select your site carefully

Most vegetables need lots of sun to produce well, so look for a space that gets 6 to 8 hours of sunlight.

We recommend starting off with herbs in pots so they are easily moved, before finding a place that works well for them.

Next, see if there’s a way to locate the garden near the entrance to your house so you’ll be more likely to notice if it needs water or pests invade.

Finally, make sure there’s a water source nearby so it will be easy to give your plants the inch or more of water per week that most gardens require. Installing a rain gauge in the garden helps you know when you need to give Mother Nature a hand in hydrating.

3. Choose your garden type

How will your garden grow — in the ground, in raised beds, in pots, or a combination of these three? Here’s what to consider when deciding:

  • If your selected site offers rich, well-draining soil free from trees and shrubs (which will compete for nutrients and water), planting an in-ground vegetable garden may be the way to go. There are a bunch of ways that you can improve soil growth as well.

  • In less perfect soil conditions, raised beds offer a good solution for planting a garden, as you can control the components in the soil.

  • Don’t have much room to grow? Containers are the best solution, as they can be placed anywhere you have sun (think decks, balconies, driveways). Add drainage holes to the pots if they aren’t there already, and choose a big enough for the plants you want to grow.

4. Make a list

Now that you know where you’re going to plant, it’s time to decide what you’re going to plant. Make a list of the veggies and herbs you love to eat.

5. Plan your planting

Those little plants are going to get bigger, so it’s important to give them enough space. Overcrowd is one of the biggest problems with edible gardens as if they start competing with one another for room, moisture and nutrients, they are more likely to get disease due to lack of air circulation — not to mention that pests hide more easily in tight spaces.

6. Get your plants

We provide a generic pack of herbs to start your edible garden! We make it easy to begin as we provide everything you need for your herb garden. If you’re thinking about going it alone, go on down to your local store and they’ll give you some handy hints to get started, too.

7. Plant ‘em!

Now comes the most fun part. Dig a hole in the soil, place the plant in the hole at the appropriate depth, fill in soil around the plant, then gently pat it down.