New to gardening

Sharon - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My husband and I really want to start a garden this year, but are clueless as to what to do. I'd love some suggestions or the name of some helpful books or websites. Thanks!

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Danielle - posted on 02/26/2009

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The easiest way to start is by doing a sq foot garden like suggested, but also grow alot in containers. You will have less weeds and pests, and things grow really well! We started that way last year, I have over 30 plants in pots! This year I am doing both, but plan on having a 6'6 garden bed. Just pick up some books from the library. They are helpful in deciding what's best for your region. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, I have read about every book, and do things the simple way...things grow just fine for me without doing anything fancy.

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Bev - posted on 06/20/2012

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One fun plant that every one should grow is called the TickleMe Plant. Native to Brazil and other warm countries, the TickleMe Plant can be grown as a house plant indoor in the TickleMe Plant Greenhouse or TickleMe Plant Party Favor. Mature plants can even produce sparking pink flowers.
http://www.ticklemeplant.com

Lindsay - posted on 11/16/2010

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There is nothing better than pulling fresh cherry tomatoes off of the vine and popping them into your mouth! I've had great success growing these in pots and in the ground. The key is to plant them early and steak them before they get out of control!

Kristen - posted on 11/10/2010

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If you're interested in learning what to do with your fruits and vegetables after you grew them in your garden, here is some information about food preservation: http://wp.me/pRa1N-aj

Beth - posted on 04/05/2009

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I too am going to try a veg garden for the first time this year, if all goes as planned.  I researched a ton until I stumbled by the local cooperative extension website.  It had a ton of info all in one place.

Nikki - posted on 03/13/2009

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Danielle



Anything special to keep your potted plants doing great? I love gardening but have moved so often that gardening has been challenging. Pots sound like the way to go, but I tend to over water, underwater, mess it up somehow. :)



TIA!

Sarah - posted on 03/09/2009

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I am new to gardening as well and (just another endorsement) have been reading the book Square Foot gardening. It seems really possible with this method! I have had others tell me it's great. I will let you know how our garden works out. Keep us posted on yours.

Glenda - posted on 02/03/2009

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Carley,



Where do you live? Just curious to see what area can do well with peas right now.



By the way, I am going to plant all the peas that I have tomorrow...I'll let you know how they do.



Glenda

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PLANT PEAS! I know it sounds silly but if you plant peas now, you may harvest them when they are ready, till the plants into the soil and you will have the most nitrogen rich soil ever! When we started doing this practically anything we followed the peas with grew vigorously and healthy.....plus now we have a back stock of fresh peas all year long...(rye grass and red clover are also really good things to plant in the fall to prep your garden's soil for the following spring!!!)

Glenda - posted on 01/29/2009

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Start now by creating a compost pile, so you will have nice rich organic matter to add to your soil when it is time to plant your garden.  Do you know which University in your state is the Land Grant College? For example, in Florida ours is the University of Florida and their site has fabulous free resources that anyone can access and the information is specific to our state. http://www.ifas.ufl.edu/ 



The square foot gardening book is awsome as well!



gjl

Susan - posted on 01/23/2009

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I have the square foot gardening book and absolutely love it. www.squarefootgardening.com

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