Top 3 Items for the Organic Garden Toolkit

What an exciting thing to see so many newbies jumping into vegetable gardening this spring! If you’re new, I can’t wait for you to literally taste the exciting, rewarding feeling of growing your own food. But, gardening still takes work and practice so you may find it has its challenges! With these solutions in hand, though, you’ll be ready to face almost any problem your organic garden throws at you!

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Demystifying Dirt: How to Choose Soil for Your Garden

Have you ever wandered among stacks of bagged soil at the garden store, wondering how there could possibly be that many types of dirt?

If you’re wondering if you need to use special soil at all, the answer is YES.   As an old gardening saying goes, “If you have a dollar and a garden, spend ten cents on plants and 90 cents on soil!”  What you put into your soil will determine what you get out of your garden. 

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The Right Way to Water Your Garden

“It’s so green,” I gushed excitedly, gazing out the airplane window as we flew over the Netherlands on our way to Ireland for the first time.

“I didn’t expect it to look almost as green as Ireland….Is it pretty green where you live?” I asked the young German man next to me (it was September, by the way).

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10 Reasons to Love Raised Bed Gardening

Would you love to have a garden, but the thought of digging, weeding, bending,  and working a plot sounds like a bit too much?  A raised bed might be your perfect solution.

Here are 10 reasons to give raised bed gardening a try.

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Monthly Garden Tips by Email!

Would you like a monthly email roundup of tips and previously published posts all about what your garden is facing that month? Subscribe to our new “Very Easy Veggie Garden Monthly Digest!”

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3 Essentials for a Successful Container Garden

So maybe you don’t have a good spot for a garden bed, or you’d just prefer to start small.  But do know that container gardening has added challenges.

Previous failure at growing plants in pots does not necessarily mean you are bad at gardening, or that you wouldn’t be successful with a different, more fool-proof method like raised beds. In fact, much of the information in this post comes from my own trials, failures, and lessons with containers on the balcony of my first apartment. So don’t be afraid to try again or try a new method!

Here at my best tips to help your container garden succeed. 

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A Garden That Does the Work For You

My twins were born in winter.

I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone use the word “easy” to describe life with twins, especially the first couple years.  (Well, except maybe my husband‘s grandmother, but I suspect she either  has a selective memory or was way better at life than I am).

Either way, I suppose most of the smart people in my life figured I would take the spring and summer off from gardening that year. Maybe I should have.  But gardening is like a breath of fresh air to me, something that turned out to be invaluable when it felt like we were barely keeping our heads above water. 

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How to Start a Garden (for beginners!)

So you’ve got a veggie plant or two (or ten). Who could blame you? That springtime planting fever is hard to resist.

But now what? If you want to know how to start a garden, let me be your guide.

In short, your plant will need three (maybe four) things:

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Welcome to The Very Easy Veggie Garden!

This site is for everyone who has ever said, “I’d like to have a vegetable garden, but…” 

Whether your schedule is too busy, your thumb is too brown, or your spot is too small, my goal is to help you find simple solutions to make a garden work for you.

You’ll also find my favorite recipes, tips, and ways to use your vegetables. Looking forward to growing with you!

Not sure where to start?  

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Starting Seeds: Simplified (7 Steps)

Does starting your own seeds seem too intimidating for a beginner gardener? Sure, it is a little more challenging than some might think. But it doesn’t have to be complicated either! Read on to find out what you need to start seeds successfully—and simply.

Note: because of recent events, many online seed suppliers are running low or selling out, but Botanical Interests and MIGardener still seem to have a good amount for now.

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Beginner Garden Planning (5 Questions)

For a gardener, there are few things as exciting as looking ahead to spring and planning a vegetable garden! This garden planning series will guide you in all you need to know to plan your vegetable garden.

Especially for a beginner, planning in advance will help you succeed and get the most out of your garden. When planning your first vegetable garden, here are five essential questions you should ask yourself.

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When to Start a Vegetable Garden: Planting Dates

Do all the planting dates you see just leave you more confused about when to start your garden?

Maybe I’ve got a unique perspective writing this post… I don’t know about you, but when I see lists on Pinterest of suggested planting dates–exact, actual dates–I shake my head… because where I come from, it’s not that simple!

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Top 5 “Brown Thumb” Plant Care Mistakes

“…I Just have a black thumb when it comes to growing things!” To be honest, I don’t often really believe this statement when I hear it from someone.  Or rather, I don’t believe that it’s an unchangeable fact!

Sure, I believe you’ve accidentally killed some plants. Haven’t we all?  But I also believe that with some practice and knowledge of common plant care mistakes, almost anyone can start turning that black or brown thumb to green!

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5 Causes of Veggie Plants Not Producing Fruit

Spring planting is often filled with hope and excitement, visions of a bountiful harvest and plans for what you will do with all of your extra garden produce. But does summer have you feeling discouraged as you wait for a harvest that is slow or nonexistent? 

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NPK: How to Choose Fertilizer for Your Garden

How do you choose a fertilizer?  Did you know that different types of plants have different fertilizer needs? And that those needs can be different at different times in their life cycle? Don’t worry though, I’ll help you sort out what you need in a few steps.

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How to Start an In-Ground Garden

In-ground gardening…. Isn’t that how you’re supposed to do it anyway??

To be honest, I’ve got the least amount of experience with this method!  Why?  Well, for me, at least, planting directly in the ground has a few cons. For one, we have gophers—no way am I letting them have my veggie plants if I can help it!

But also, in-ground garden soil preparation takes a bit more time, effort, and maybe even a little more know-how in my opinion. Depending on your location, your native dirt may provide a completely unique set of challenges which may take some trial and error to figure out if you’re new at this and don’t know much about dirt (surprisingly, there’s a lot to know!!).

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