What are some tips for the beginner gardener?
January 27, 2014 8:55 PM Subscribe
I am a complete novice to gardening but would like to start a vegetable garden for this spring/summer. I work a low income job so I need to do things on the cheap. I'm looking for suggestions or tips I haven't read online.
posted by Aranquis to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I have no experience gardening. I'm an adult living at home and we have 2 gardening areas that haven't been used in years but my dad (when my parents were married) used to grow tomates and peppers. I've already scoured the internet for information.
Zone 6a. Good sunlight. One plot is 15' x 2.5' and the other s 10' x 2'. I want to do cherry tomatoes, lettuce and bush beans. I have no interest in container or raised gardens (or herbs) , I really want to use this nice unused gardening space. I already have tools and tomato cages. Keeping costs low ($50 not including water) is really important.
Every guide says start spring gardening as soon as you can work the ground. What does that mean? Also while 2 other family me members will eat from the garden this is a solo project. Any tips for doing it alone? How do you decide how much to plant? I am only interested in fresh use and I have no friends so I don't want a lot of waste. While I like the idea of going organic is it going to be too expensive or hard to maintain?
Also I don't know how long I'll be living here so I can't do fruit or perennials.