Asked on May 14, 2017

What's the best way to start a small garden for a beginner?

PattyCindy Darsey ChadwellCynthia T
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I've never had a garden before and I'm looking to start a small one. We are a small family of 3 but I have no idea where to really begin. Are the veggies that are easier to grow? For a small garden is it better to do containers?
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  • Canadianlady
    on May 14, 2017

    If you're looking for a vegetable garden to tend, try something small, like a 6 foot by 6 foot raised bed garden. A salad garden is the easiest thing in the world to grow for a beginner. You could plant various types of lettuce, green onions, and radishes. If you are going to add tomato plants, make sure not to overdo it so you don't wind up with too many, and plant cucumbers on the outside edges, so they'll have a place to grow. They will grow on vines. Tomatoes also do well in planters on your deck, if you'd rather reserve space in the garden for something else. When my son was little, I always reserved a small space for him to plant some pumpkins in my raised bed vegetable garden. Yellow and green beans grow quickly and profusely. Put some of them in. Don't be afraid to experiment and good luck.
  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell
    on May 14, 2017

    Thank you! My daughter loves tomat and cucumbers so they will be a must!
  • C Crow
    on May 15, 2017

    Don't forget sunflowers (in the ground). Started my little grands with sunflowers as they grow quickly and result in a lovely flower from which you get the seed head--some seeds saved for us to grow and then the "head" left out for the birds. We also did tomatoes and carrots in pots: cherry type tomatoes and rainbow colored carrots. These provided a nice beginning--relatively quick with reliable results and a huge science lesson, too. Have fun.
  • Cynthia T
    on May 15, 2017

    If you are a busy family and don't have much yard time, start with veggies in containers, 5gallon size for tomatoes and a box for bell peppers, radishes. Start with at least one cherry tomato and a larger tomato variety for sandwiches, salsa etc. plant seeds for radishes, zucchini, green beans and cucumbers. One container per veggie, plant 3-4 seeds in each container, the strongest will survive. Planting in containers eliminates the need for weeding. Use a trellis or tomato cage for your green beans and cucumbers. You could also put the containers along a fence line and run string from the top of the fence line to the container for your vining veggies. My kids loved picking the cherry tomatoes and eating them right off the vine!
  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell
    on May 15, 2017

    Thanks Everyone!
  • Patty
    on May 15, 2017

    Add some marigolds and zinnas all around your garden for pollinators and they keep out some bag bugs.
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