Bob is a garden writer and permaculture designer. His ebook From My Garden is widely available.
So you want to start gardening; you have been saying it for years now, but somehow the garden just never gets started. You have your reasons, no time, don’t have a green thumb, no space and so on, but what you have lacked prior to reading this hub is the will to do so and the believe that you can.
I believe that anyone that is anyone who wants to can garden. This is the classic, if there is a will there is a way scenario and of all the activities that we can devote our time and attention to, gardening is one that allows for creativity and individuality.
So let’s get started.
Before you even buy a plant or a seed pack, you need to determine, how much space you have or are willing to dedicate to your garden. This depends upon one several factors;
1- Do you have a backyard or front yard where you can garden? If you own the house then you need to decide how much of that yard space will become a garden.
2- What do you use that yard for; pets, kids, parties, BBQs.
3- What do you want to grow? When you have made this decision it is time to find as much information as you can about the plants you have selected. The Internet and your local library are good sources. If you have a plant centre visit them as soon as you can but get some background information first. You are shopping and an informed customer gets the best deal.
4- How much time per week do you have to garden? Honesty is the only policy. We are working to build success into the plan so if you only have 1 hour per week, then make the garden size suit that and select plants that only need minimal attention; native wildflower, for example.
If you are a renter but there is a yard, the first step is to check with the landlord and get permission to garden. No sense getting started and finding out the landlord does not want a garden or has other plans for the space.
If you do not have a yard or access to one, the there are alternatives that still allow you to grow your own.
You will need to make similar decision when you grow you garden in containers or vertical.
How much space and time do you have? What do you want to grow? You will also want to get to know plants before planting them and again the public library is a good source as is the net.
If you are going to grow from seeds be sure to read the instructions on the seed pack and follow them. They are designed to give you plants the conditions that are optimal to their growth.
For your first garden, start small; get to know what you are doing before you expand the size of your garden. Keep a garden diary and record what you planted and all garden related activities; also make a few notes now and then about how you felt while doing the various gardening chores.
You will find this dairy helpful when you sit down to think about the next year’s garden. Review it before you a start the garden plan.
Planning is an important activity and the next step after you have made all the decisions about how much space, what you are planting and so on.
You do not need to be an artist to draft a plan and the plan that you do draft is not written in stone, keep it flexible. You will learn things as you go, so give yourself room to make changes.
On the plan, list all the plants that will go into the garden and mark where they will be placed. Refer to it prior to planting in the Spring.
The biggest stumbling block to gardening is the belief that you cannot garden; get by that and you are well on yoru way. There are no magic trick, no secret formulas to success. If you plant the right plant in the right palce and be sure to give it the water and food it needs you will be a gardener.
You can learn what you do not know through books, magazines and web sites but gardening is a hands on experience and the best lessons are in the doing. So get out there and garden.
Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on May 20, 2008:
A really good plan. I love the step-by-step instructions.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 18, 2008:
a little planning will go a long way
cgull8m from North Carolina on April 18, 2008:
Wish I had known this, I started randomly and didn't do a good job. Now I want to make sure I am doing the right thing before I plant new ones.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 17, 2008:
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. i would have responded sooner but was out of town and away from my computer until late last night. I am a big fan of local produce it is the true definition of fresh and raised beds are a great way to grow anything.
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 16, 2008:
Thi is all very good infomration. May urban areas around here are home to rooftop gardens. Really great to see. Nice, infomrative Hub with good information, too. Thumbs Up!
desert blondie from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen on April 15, 2008:
Nothing better than encouraging more folks to develop their green thumbs! Just joined a while ago, you might like my post that's advocating fresh, fresh LOCAL produce https://hubpages.com/style/fruity-tooty-beauty What could be more local than our own gardens! Best of luck!
Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on April 15, 2008:
This is a good "beginners" garening article. Might you consider doing one on companion gardening (how plants do better grown next to certain other plants. Also, would like to know about raised bed gardens.
seamus on April 15, 2008:
After reading this, I can see that I need to plan more. Oops.
Bob Ewing (author) from New Brunswick on April 14, 2008:
solarshingles from london on April 14, 2008:
Nice and very active hub.
My first garden had happened many years ago, but I still keep it in my best memory.
Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on April 14, 2008:
You really might get me started.