first time garden

ok this is my first time doing a garden and I was wondering if there are any techniques to gardening. Im also wanting to try and put in a nonexpensive watering system type thing. Any ideas??
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  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Apr 24, 2013
    Two popular ways of gardening for beginners is lasagna gardening (layering of dirt with newspaper) and raised garden beds (especially for vegetable gardens). As for the irrigation system, I would suggest the use of soaker hoses which you can purchase almost anywhere these days. For more direct watering, you can place bottles of water unside down near plants for watering (very good for when you are out of town).

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Apr 24, 2013
    burying a soaker hose is not so expensive and you can get a split hose connector so you can still use a reg. hose at the same time .

  • Beverly Abbott Beverly Abbott on Apr 24, 2013
    ok cool, thank you guys!

  • Ouina Ouina on Apr 24, 2013
    Check with your local ag extension agent for a list of veggies and when to plant. If you are really new and just want to try something small - plant a patio container/pot. I have grown a cherry tomato, couple of green bean plants and a eggplant in one large patio container. Make sure you have good drainage at the bottom of the pot by using pebbles or broken pottery shards, an inch or so over the drainage holes, fill up with good potting soil, and fertilize about once a week. I like to use a water soluable one such as MiracleGro so that I don't over fertilize. (One that is formulated for vegetables.) Full sun and water when the soil is dry to your second knuckle when you stick your finger into the soil. The one nice thing about a pot is you can move it to some shade if you get really extreme hot temperatures and thereby extend your growing season.

  • Pamela Scruggs Pamela Scruggs on Apr 24, 2013
    A garden is a labor of love! The labor is for sure. The easiest garden I ever grew was what I called my DIY lazy garden.... but I had a good yield-nonetheless-- because I didn't know if I really wanted to get involved with a garden on a large scale. I found a small bare patch in my backyard and laid 4 bags of gardening soil end to end. I lifted each end of a bag and slashed some drain holes on the underside (more like 4 inch gashes). I dropped it really quick to prevent all the soil from pouring out....then did the same from the other end. So I had 4 bags of soil with drainage gashes on the underside where they met the dirt of my yard. I opened the "top side" of each by making one long gash in the middle end to end. I bought my little peppers and cherry tomatoes and what not from the Home Depot and plopped them in my soil bag "container" and tried to at least water the soil every third day 'cause I am a pretty busy chick! Low and behold, Mother Nature blessed my lazy-girl garden bags with a bounty of veggies. Somehow the roots found their way through the gashes to the real earth and the bag left mostly intact worked well to keep a pretty moist soil environment within. After watering I'd lay the plastic bag flaps back snugged up to the plants and they acted to decrease evaporation. It's not the most industrious idea I've ever found to side step some back breaking hoe-ing and digging..but it sure did work for a trial garden! Good Luck