Where to start if you have never had a garden?

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  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 22, 2018
    Vegetables or flowers? —Would be my first decision.
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Apr 22, 2018
    Start small. ...something quick to grow: radishes or lettuce. (Almost instant gratification!) Buy plants for tomatoes... and tomato cages.

    Note: make sure you plant things suitable for your climate. I came from Michigan and expected to have the same kind of garden in SE Texas. Not. (So, do some internet research!)
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Apr 22, 2018
    Make a list of what you want to grow and do some research to see if it will grow in your region and specifically on your lot (based on amount of sun, type of soil, etc.). Select those seeds or plants that will thrive there. Then plan out how large of a garden you can manage. Mark off your boundaries and till the soil. Add whatever amendments are needed to make the soil read for planting. Water and fertilize based on what you are planting and wait for your garden to grow!
  • Dorothy Reed Dorothy Reed on Apr 22, 2018
    First - find a place that gets 6 + hours of sunlight. Next call to find out if you have any underground utilities that could be damaged with shoveling. Remove grass and start shoveling to loosen ground at least 1 foot deep. Apply amendments to soil- cow manure, peat moss, broken egg shells for calcium, chopped up banana peals for potassium. Ask at home supply store for bags of different amendments. Plant your veggies or sun loving flowers. Good luck! Same for shady garden except for sunlight requirements.
  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 22, 2018
    You will need to break ground and till where you want to plant, be sure it it a place that gets long hours of sunlight!
  • All excellent suggestions! Here are some sites with a few more tips. Again start small and add sections every year or season as time and budget allow.



  • 1401470 1401470 on Apr 23, 2018
    Here let me recommend my book Startle Garden. This is based on 2 x 4 raised beds and the results are wonderful. http://www.gardenupgreen.com/product/startle-garden
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