I love gardening. I started a container garden when we lived in our apartment, and almost as soon as we moved into our house, Pete built me a grow box. I’ve grown from seed, from sprouts, harvested my own seeds. You name it, I’ve figured out a way to do it with my green thumbs. So I started to blog about gardening and decided to put start this ultimate home gardening guide for beginners.
Now, I’m calling the the ultimate gardening guide because that’s what it will be eventually.
For now, it’s a little lean because Drugstore Divas isn’t 100% a gardening blog. So I only post gardening posts every so often. Of course, as I add gardening posts to the blog, I’ll add them to this guide. So be sure to bookmark it and keep checking back.
Ultimate Home Gardening Guide For Beginners
For now, the guide is set up into three sections: setting up your garden, growing your garden, and tending to your garden. I anticipate that this gardening guide will stick with those three main sections, but that could change in the future if I add topics later on.
And, if you have any questions about home gardening, be sure to leave them in the comments. If I can answer them in a post, I definitely will.
Setting Up Your Garden
One of the easiest ways to start gardening is by using a hanging garden. It takes up way less space than a raised garden bed, and it keeps your containers off the ground to keep them from getting waterlogged.
This is the perfect way to grow herbs. And, if your area gets really cold during the winter, you can take the terra cotta pots indoors for the season.
Pete built me this raised garden bed as soon as we moved into our house. That was five years ago and it’s still going strong.
What’s great about home gardening this way is that your garden is completely contained within the walls of the raised garden bed. You can grow your fruit and veggies without having to worry about the plants taking over your backyard.
Growing Your Garden
It’s so incredibly easy to grow potatoes in your own backyard. You don’t even need seeds to start your potatoes. You can start them from the eyes that grow from old potatoes.
If you want to grow blackberries, but don’t want to spend a ton of money on a blackberry bush, don’t worry. You can actually harvest your own blackberry seeds from store-bought blackberries.
It’s so easy to regorw lettuce from scraps. And, you double your grocery budget (for salad) this way because you end up getting double the lettuce from each plant.
One of my favorite things to do is sprout avocado pits. It’s so easy to do on the windowsill in your kitchen. It will take about 15 years for the plants to sprout, but it really takes such minimal effort on your part.
With a little patience, you can sprout strawberry plants from seeds harvested from strawberries you bought at the grocery store.
Spaghetti squash is delicious. And actually, pretty easy to grow from spaghetti squash from seeds that you scoop out of a store-bought spaghetti squash.
We have a lot of recipes using green onions, so any time I need green onions, I just head to our backyard. For years we’ve been growing green onions from scraps. They’ll grow indefinitely in the right conditions.
Tending To Your Garden
Once you have your garden growing, it’s so important to tend to it. You can’t just leave it be and think it will grow just fine on its own. You have to prune it.
There’s a method to pruning your garden to help it grow and produce, so it’s definitely something you want to master.
Oregano grows really fast. Way faster than most people can actually use it. So you’ll want to cut it and dry it.
Plus, cutting it actually fosters growth, so the more you cut to dry, the more oregano you’ll have in the long run.
If you’re planning on growing tomatoes, you’ll want to watch out for tomato caterpillars … these really adorable bugs that will eat your entire tomato plant if you don’t remove them.