Home Gardening Questions for Beginners

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Home Gardening Questions for Beginners

Here are some home gardening questions for beginners.  Starting a garden is simple and can be a little or lots of work depending on your desire.

How do I choose a garden site with the most available sun? As a County Agent I was called out to a location where the gardener was having a problem with her tomatoes not producing fruit. When talking to her on the phone she told me the tomato plants were in full sun. When I arrive at the location, to my surprise the tomato plants were surrounded by tall trees. The scrawny tomato plants were in full sun, but unfortunately only for about 15 minutes a day. When vegetable seed packets indicate likes full sun (tomatoes, peppers, peas, beets, cucumbers, and pumpkins) it means the sun hits the plants for at least 6 hours each day. I would recommend at least 8 hours to be producing the most vegetables. Morning sun is the best time because it dries the plants off earlier in the day to help prevent disease problems. If you do not have full sun make sure you choose vegetables that do not require full sun (broccoli, lettuce, spinach, or Swiss chard).

What size should my garden be? My second year garden was not as successful as my first and that is because the garden got too large. You will be more successful if you start out with a smaller size, I recommend 4 by 4 feet. Yes — 4 by 4 feet. When a small garden is properly managed you can produce more food than if you tackle a large garden and here is why. You can get more production out of a small garden by intercropping which is planning vegetables that mature early in with later maturing vegetables. An example would be radishes planted between the tomatoes plants. The radishes are finished before the tomatoes grow together. No rows also will help cut down on wasted space. The old method of planting in rows allows a place for weeds to grow. My second garden was 100 x 100 feet and by the end of the growing season it served as a hide-and-go-seek spot as a result of the 5 foot tall pig weeds that had over taken my garden. By planting vegetables close together to crowd out weeds you can produce plenty of wholesome vegetables for your family in a small space.

How do I choose the best garden soil? The biggest reason for my success as a beginning gardener was soil! The former chicken yard that I started with was full of well decomposed chicken manure. The soil had the perfect balance of soil pH (soil acidity), the nutrients N, P, and K (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium), micro nutriments, and organic matter. If you do not have access to an old chicken yard, go to your local garden store and purchase bags of soil. You might not want to spend the money on bags of dirt! But believe me this is the best insurance policy you have to being successful as a beginning gardener. I have taken college classes on soils and there is more that goes into the bag than dirt. The properly prepared bagged soil will be tested with less weed seeds to contend with later in the growing season. Don’t be cheat yourself; buy the bagged soil. For additional home Gardening questions for beginners check out The Home and Garden Information Center.

How do I choose the best garden location? My first garden was in the back yard where I played every day. The site or location was critical for the success of my first garden. Make certain the garden is close to a door that you use a lot. I moved to a new house and consistently lost the plants in the front pots due to lack of water. After several years of failure I moved the pots to the end of the garage where I would walk by every day. Moving the pots 25 feet made the care for the plant successful. Some of you may be involved with community gardens. This takes extra effort to go to another location to care for your garden. It works well when you set a regularly scheduled time on the calendar so the weeds do not get ahead of the vegetables if you can’t garden outside your door.

Home Gardening Questions for Beginners

If you want to get started with a successful garden this year you will need to find a location with at least 6 hours of sun to give you the opportunity to raise sun loving vegetables. Remember to start with a small garden. A 4 by 4 foot gardens can provide lots of vegetables for the family if you use intercropping and no row planting methods. For the beginners, it is my recommendation that you purchase bagged soil at your garden center. The soil is well balanced, with the correct nutrients and adequate organic matter plus the weed problem will be decreased. Having your garden in a location that you will walk by on a regular basis will result in greater gardening success. If you would like to get started gardening but do not know where to begin make sure you check out this website dedicated to http://homegardeningforbeginners.org/.

Richard Godke is a lifelong gardener since age 8. He studied agriculture and taught high school horticulture. He spent almost 20 years working as a County Extension Agent in three states where he educated farmers, home owners, and youth in the areas of production agriculture and home horticulture. Godke has trained adult Master Gardeners and school-age 4-H members in every aspect of gardening, as well as establishing community gardens. He has introduced two daylily varieties with the American Hermerocallis Society and has served as a national certified national daylily exhibition judge. Godke has started http://homegardeningforbeginners.org/ dedicated to answering questions and assisting people in starting home gardens.

By Richard Godke

Starting a Home Vegetable Garden?

Are you starting a home vegetable garden?  Are you tired of being cooped up inside? Tired of the kids doing nothing but watching TV and video games? Then maybe you should get started planning a garden for this spring. Everyone has time for a small garden, even you. The trick is to start small and have a source of good information for beginners. Now you can go to your nearest home supply store and buy a container with some soil and seeds and you are ready to get started. You can find everything you need to know by searching the internet for home gardening for beginners. Here are some things to consider if you want to start a garden.

Nothing tastes better than a ripe tomato picked fresh from the garden. The tomatoes we purchase in the stores are mass produced with no

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Are You Starting a Home Vegetable Garden?

regards for taste. I can still remember the first tomato (Tiny Tim) I ate out of my first garden. By planting a home garden this spring you will be able to find out what a real tomato tastes like.

Tired of seeing your family members sit in front of a video game or TV? Maybe planting a small home garden will get your children outside in the fresh air and get their hands into some dirt for a change. “Families that garden together grow together.” Even young children enjoy having a garden section they can call their own. I know as a child I still remember going to the garden store to pick out tomato plants for my section of the garden. Working and learning outside as a family is a great experience that that will last a lifetime.

If you have a stressful job or life you might want to consider planting a garden this spring. There is no better way to forget about your problems than working out in nature. You will get lost in the wonder of nature and unwind from the stress of your life. The exercise will also be good for you. Although, if you are new at this I would start with a small garden so you do not over commit for time and physical commitment. Gardening can be cheaper than paying mental health professional.  Now will you be starting a home vegetable garden?

I believe the US food supply is relatively safe after working in the agriculture industry for many years. It is very satisfying to know exactly what was involved in the production of your food.  Here is some additional information for starting an organic garden.  I know many families that have special needs children who are responding well to organically grown foods. Obesity has become a major concern for both adults and children. Most nutrition experts are encouraging an increase in everyone’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce from your garden encourage a vegetable friendly menu.

Starting a Home Vegetable Garden

Now is the time to start thinking about raising a garden this spring.   You can start  a bag garden, by planting in the soil bag you purchase the soil in.  You can get outside with the family or maybe get outside away from your family to raise your own bright red juicy tomato that tastes like a tomato. Your completely safe nutritious vegetables will also provide you with a relaxing hobby that will allow you to learn new things. If you would like to get started but do not know where to start make sure you check out this website dedicated to home gardening for beginners.  If you have other reasons why a person should start a garden please let us know below.

By Richard_E_Godke