New and Beginner gardeners I want to welcome you to the world of gardening. It can be an overwhelming journey but I’m hoping to help by making this a bit easier and fun.
To begin the process of raising your own food my first tip is to start small, maybe two or three raised beds and simply grow what you love to eat.
Starting small even if you have an acre of land and you’re a first time gardener is a good place to begin. Especially if your confidence may not be as grand.
This step allows you to learn how to use space correctly without getting overwhelmed.
Small gardens help you discover the journey of gardening to see if you even enjoy this activity. It will also be less difficult to incorporate a schedule for the ongoing chores of weeding, soil amending, watering and harvesting.
I know there are many that will tell you otherwise, but if you’re working full time and still have a family to care for then the garden could become just another thing to do instead of something you enjoy.
However if you build your raised beds higher they’ll be easier to maintain. Check out my no dig gardening tips here.
You may also want to check out my book Startle Garden, it’s a step by step guide to growing your best garden and you can also receive my free garden planner in my newsletter.
We have a resource library full of helpful downloads and links to compliment your journey.
Additional Advantage to Starting Small
But let’s talk more about starting small and let’s just say your goal is to establish 2 raised beds. You’ll need minimal equipment to accomplish this goal.
Build your own bed frames to save money like I did here: Building Raised Beds. You can also establish a raised bed by stacking landscaping timbers if building isn’t possible.
Make sure you find some good hand tools, don’t skimp and don’t buy plastic, spend a little more because you’ll have them for years.
Hand tools are perfect for raised beds and helpful for weeding after a good rain.
You’ll also need a good shovel, a hoe and don’t forget the garden gloves. Most important before I completely forget – get a hat – gardening is more fun when you wear a hat that fits your personality.
So, if you’re ready to dig in, let’s begin with a couple raised beds, order my book and once it arrives let it be a guide to your gardening journey.