Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

vegetable gardening for beginners starts with a good plan and layoutVegetable Gardening for Beginners Starts with a Good Plan and Layout

"Vegetable Gardening for Beginners" is your portal to everything you need to know to get started growing your own vibrant, abundant vegetable garden.

Starting a garden can be exciting - but can also feel a bit overwhelming at first! A productive garden that produces well all season requires some careful planning up front, but I'll walk you through it step by step. It's worth taking the time to get started on the right foot. (It'll save you a bunch of headaches later...)

Here are some things that we'll work out as we go through the steps. Ask yourself:

  • Do I want raised beds or an in-ground garden?
  • What veggies do I want to grow?
  • How much space is each plant going to take?
  • How many of each will I actually eat over the season?
  • Where's the best place to put my vegetable garden (how much sun or shade will it get, how close to the house, etc.) ?
  • How do I prepare the soil? (Or, what soil should I buy if I'm planting raised beds?)
  • How do I lay out the plan before I start planting?

Growing a garden is the best way I know to reconnect to nature, which for many of us has become an increasing challenge in these strange times. Growing a vegetable garden is actually a process of making a relationship, and I have not found anything that is as fulfilling, empowering, centering (and occasionally as frustrating!) as growing a vegetable garden year in and year out.

So let's tap into that springtime energy and jump in! I've broken everything you need to know down into manageable chunks, laid out below in a step-by-step plan to lead you through the process:

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners: The Gateway

Step One: Get a big-picture overview of  your first year, from layout to harvest.


Step Two: How to decide which method will best suit your needs.


Step Three: How to lay out your garden on paper with the right plant spacings and sun exposure.


Step Four: Universal tips to avoid common mistakes and deepen your gardening knowledge.


Step Five: Learn what tools you will actually need, and which you don't!

I am here to serve you, to help you forge that relationship with your own garden and reap its rewards. There are tons of articles here, which can probably answer most of your vegetable gardening questions (but... no doubt raise a bunch more!).

When you're not a beginner anymore, there are advanced articles, plus ebooks and courses coming soon. But if you have questions that you can't find the answers to, contact me!

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