There’s nothing quite as rewarding as growing and enjoying your own produce. But for some, this dream may seem a bit more like a fantasy than a reality. Turns out, though, that starting your own vegetable garden right in your backyard isn’t as tricky as you might think. With these seven helpful summer gardening tips and tricks, the beginner gardener will be nursing a green thumb in no time.
Even though this tip may seem cumbersome, planting vegetable gardens in raised beds gives you many benefits that gardening straight in the ground does not, including easier pest and weed control and the use of better, richer soil—plus the ability to lengthen your growing time. Check out this tutorial to build your own for $30 in 30 minutes.
If you want to start small, a container garden is an excellent option. Many vegetables can flourish in containers big and small, and it’s not tough to start your own crop. Start a tomato garden right on your porch or patio with these clear-cut steps.
It’s not impossible to start your garden in your existing bed, but your success will depend on the quality of the soil. Instead of guessing, take a sample to a local lab or extension office to determine the soil’s nutrients and characteristics. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you’ll have a better idea of what your vegetable garden needs.
Build your confidence in the garden by first excelling at some easy-to-grow veggies, like tomatoes, snap peas, lettuce, and squash. These guys aren’t finicky, and you’ll likely be able to enjoy armfuls of fresh produce after your very first attempt at gardening.
Seeds are a great option for an experienced vegetable gardener, but if this is your first time getting your hands dirty, start with small plants from the store rather than tiny seeds. Seeing the plant as it grows will help you gauge how your care is coming along, and it will take a lot of the guesswork out of planting.
When you’re dealing with a small home garden, staying organic isn’t tough to do, and it’s healthier! There are plenty of organic gardening tricks and tips out there for interested beginners, like what to use as a natural fertilizer. For a sure-fire trick, make your own sludgy mixture of natural compost tea, to enrich the soil and boost your plant growth.
Project via Sara @My Merry Messy Life
Snails, slugs, aphids, ants—there are a lot of competitors out there trying to munch your lunch, but with a good eye and the right tools, you can keep them at bay. Use this natural eggshell hack to keep the bigger guys away, and try a DIY pepper flake or garlic spray to deter smaller insects.
For more gardening inspirations, check out the gardening page over at Hometalk.