If planting a backyard vegetable garden is on your homestead bucket list, then look no further than this post! I’m going to show you the very basic gardening tips for the ultimate foolproof approach to vegetable gardening for beginners. Ready? Let’s do this!
PLANTING A BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDEN FOR BEGINNERS
There’s nothing like serving a garden salad in the middle of the summer straight from your own backyard vegetable garden. The feeling of success that comes from growing your own food is that of no other.
You’re going to feel proud, self sufficient and like you’ll never step in the produce aisle again. Growing your own vegetables is like having a hidden superpower, only you don’t have to be superhuman to do it.
In this post I’m going to give you the very basic step by step process of starting your own vegetable garden with foolproof tips for success.
Get ready to gain your garden super powers and enter the gateway to homesteading.
STEP ONE: GET ORGANIZED
There’s so much information out there that vegetable gardening can easily become overwhelming. That’s why I created our Vegetable Garden Workbook for beginners as a freebie for my readers to clear the confusion.
Go ahead and skim this post, then come back, print off your planner and take notes. You’ll be set to go.
STEP 2: CHOOSE WHICH VEGETABLES TO PLANT
As a beginner gardener, these are the easiest and most successful vegetables to plants to grow. Don’t bother wasting your time trying to grow everything. Focus on only a few, trust me, you’ll be more successful this way!
STEP 3: PLAN YOUR GARDEN PLOT METHOD
There are lots of options for how and where you plant your vegetables
You might start a raised garden bed, plant in pots, hanging baskets, old tires or my favourite, a lasagne garden in the middle of your backyard.
Choosing the perfect garden design layout for your backyard vegetable garden doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out the most popular designs and weigh the pros and con’s for yourself in this post.
STEP 4: DETERMINE SEED SCHEDULE
Using our Beginner Vegetable Garden Workbook and your zone growing guide determine when your list of vegetables are to be started indoors, directly sown in the ground, transplanted in the ground and harvested.
STEP 5: ORDER SEEDS AND GET ORGANIZED
Ordering seeds is my favourite part of planning my garden, I always like to choose new heirloom varieties of my favourite vegetables to try.
STEP 6: GARDEN LAYOUT DESIGN AND COMPANION PLANTING
Companion planting is a scientific way of organizing your plants so that they can thrive and not just survive in the environment you create for them.
First decide what you’re going to plant and then research what you can plant beside that plant and what other herbs or flowers you could plant around your vegetables to help them do well.
My favourite companion planting tip is growing Marigolds around the perimeter of your garden bed or container, especially amongst your tomatoes and peppers. I also like to plant basil at the roots of my tomatoes.
I also suggest planting annual flowers that attract insects to help pollinate your vegetable flowers, such as Zinnia’s to attract bee’s and butterflies.