Last year was the first year gardening for both of us. We had different growing conditions, different desired plants, & different techniques. I would say after one year down we would both agree, you learn a Lot in your first year gardening!!
As garden season is nearing and the stores are filling up with seeds. You might just think about growing something. We both enjoy gardening for the same reasons. It is something to do as a family, all of the convenient healthy snacking, & saving a little money at the store! With all of the joy that came with gardening there was it’s fair share of frustration as we learned the good, the bad, and all that fell in between in our first year gardening. Hopefully, with our tips, you will feel encouraged to grow something with your family this year!
A major lesson learned in our first year gardening is not to bite off more than you can chew. There is no need to start enough plants for your whole neighborhood. There is no need for 6 tomato plants… Unless you are going to make the grip of salsa, I would stick with 1 or 2 for your first year. As we shared in this post below you can start them from seed, even your first year! It is fun to watch them grow. Check out the tips below!!
Share What You Learn
Mama K was sharing a lot of her lessons learned over the years. We shared how we kept most of our seedlings alive. While we did have a few bite the dust, I don’t think ending up with 12 cabbages would have been ideal either…
Pick What Works for You!
While one of us had a pot garden and the other tinkered with a community garden and a back yard plot, we realized what really worked for our space. Know your sunlight, soil, and drainage. Factor all of these things in when planning your garden. Because it doesn’t matter if it is planted in the ground or out of a pot. Watching the flower turn to a strawberry then patiently waiting until it is just right priceless!
Watch for Bugs
Take action at the first sign of insects getting to your plants. There are plenty of Organic Options that you can choose from. If you think you can just pick and flick them off you will be very disappointed when they eat your plants from the inside out. We only got a handful of summer squash, by that time of year the bugs were going crazy.
While growing tomatoes from seed will save you a good amount of money, it does take some extra prep time. If you are going to buy plants from the store do so with a little bit of knowledge. Bigger isn’t always better. Short leafier plants are always better than tall plants that the leaves are spread far apart. This shows signs of the plant stretching for light. Also growing herbs from seed can be hard, and most you can get good deals on.
Don’t Slack on the Picking
Yes weeding can seem overwhelming at times. Trust me just doing a little bit here and there helps a lot. You will never get them all. Ask the kids to help. However Don’t slack on picking your veggies! They taste better and produce more if you stay on top of them. If you do let them get away from you look up a good recipe to use them up! This zucchini was used up in yummy brownies.
Enjoy Your Hard Work
Take some pride in what you accomplish. Share with some neighbors or coworkers! But most of all enjoy the time outside. Get your little ones involved. Weeding wasn’t their favorite thing to do, but they helped. When it came time to harvest they loved helping out!
Depending on your area you can get your seedlings going already! I have tomatoes, cabbage, and some flowers here. (I am sharing with a neighbor) In the next week or so these will be the beginning of this years garden!
First Year Gardening Picks:
Are you still a little nervous about your first year gardening? Here are a few suggestions for you to try. They are great for beginners and you are sure to have something to harvest! These can be grown in a pot or straight in the ground.
- Beans (bush or pole)
- Peas (peas like something to grab onto)
- Summer Squash
- Cucumbers (use a trellis)
- Tomatoes (get a cage)