Fast-Growing Veggies for Beginner Gardens

Growing “victory gardens” or “survival gardens” may sound like something out of a history book. But in these strange times of early spring 2020, food gardens are seeing a surge in popularity again! And why not? I can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime “quarantine” then by starting a garden or building a bigger one! It keeps you busy, and if you do it right, should certainly save you some grocery store trips!

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Genius Vertical Gardens: Greenstalk vs. Garden Tower

(Greenstalk early bird sale starts Jan 14!!)

Vertical gardens are a great choice for anyone who wants to get as much fresh produce as they can out of a limited amount of space. Tall container gardens like these are also handy for those who prefer container gardening but have physical limitations. A vertical garden setup even saves time watering since you can fit dozens of plants in one pot!

There are plenty of benefits to vertical gardens, but which product should you choose? Here’s a quick comparison and rundown of the features of two different well-designed and popular products.

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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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Preparing Seedlings for the Garden: How & Why

Have you ever had a little seedling plant that looked so beautiful, until you transplanted it in the garden–only to find it dead the next day?? You don’t just have an unlucky brown thumb–there’s a reason it happened, and ways to prevent it!

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$15 Cedar Raised Garden Bed DIY

With our new house comes new adventures and plenty of room for new experiments. High on that list is new garden beds, and testing out different soil mixes! These cedar garden bed looks very promising so far, especially for the low price.

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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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6 Reasons to Love Gardening with Children

What do you imagine when you think of gardening with children?

They always called it Magic, and indeed it seemed like it in the months that followed—the wonderful months—the radiant months—the amazing ones. Oh! The things which happened in that garden! If you have never had a garden you cannot understand, and if you have had a garden you will know that it would take a whole book to describe all that came to pass there.

~The Secret Garden

For the most part, my memories of gardening as a child are vague. There are a few specific ones—like that my mom’s favorite tomato varieties at the time were called Early Girl and Better Boy. ( I thought it was funny that the plants were “boys” and “girls”).  With our wild mountain property, she always cautioned me to keep an eye and ear out for snakes. I remember our corn harvests were a little underwhelming. But aside from that I couldn’t tell you much about our little plot and what we grew on it. Tomatoes and beans were the main thing I appreciated, since I didn’t like squash til I was older. 

Yet, clearly the garden had an effect on me.

From an early age I would declare “yard work” my favorite family chore, and I loved biology in school.  I am still a big fan of fruits and veggies to this day, even many that I did not like in those days.  And as I’m sure you can guess from this blog, the garden is still my happy place—where magic happens daily and the cares of the world disappear into the calm silence of growing things.

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Easy DIY Elevated Planter (Upcycled Table)

Bush beans are a tasty and productive addition to your garden, but the main downside is leaning down to pick them day after day.  This DIY elevated planter from a recycled table is just one clever (and cheap) solution of many to solve that problem!

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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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