New garden starter! please help!

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by theemerichfam, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. theemerichfam

    theemerichfam Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 17, 2015
    Schuylkill County, PA
    Come this spring, my husband and I will be preparing part of our yard for gardening. We aren't sure what we want to grow, what time to grow some plants, or how to keep my 100 lb. American Bulldog out of it. (He loves to eat that dang dog.) If anyone has any good pictures of their setup, that would be great!

    Also, we live on a corner lot in our town, so, I also have nosey neighbors that like to take what they think is best for them.
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    They make apps for everything, including garden planning. I used Gardenate. It is tricky to use, but it would tell you everything you want to know. There are good free ones too.

    You need to decide what it is you want to grow. Potatoes are fairly easy, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce. But grow what you eat. You will have fails (I do every year) but you learn from your mistakes and correct the next year.
    Gardening is fun and rewarding. Food tastes best after you grow it. Have fun!
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    I suggest that you take a trip to your local library as soon as possible. Check out an arm load of gardening books. You can also go on line and order seed catalogs. If you have neighbors who will help themselves to your garden, it sounds like you may need a good sturdy fence with a locked gate. That will also keep your dog out. Check out this site: I've been gardening under mulch for at least 25 years. Wouldn't have it any other way. Bee Kissed converted her garden to BTE last summer, and I'm working on converting mine, as well as planting a BTE orchard.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Find your county extension office and talk to a Master Gardener. Those folks love to teach newbies [​IMG]. it's free, and they have tons of resources about your specific area you won't be able to necessarily find on line. They can take you from ground zero to preserved in jars, I kid you not. Wonderful, under-utilized resource.
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  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas

    This is exactly what I’d suggest. All gardening is local. We each have our own microclimates, our own soil types, and our own methods. Some plant in rows in the ground which many people consider the traditional farmer’s garden but you also have containers, raised beds, square foot, and other methods. I don’t know which would be best for you.

    Your local master gardeners will know what grows in your area and will know what varieties of things grow best in your area. They can tell you where to get seeds and started plants, mulch or compost. They can help you start your own compost pile which I strongly suggest you do. I’m also a big believer in the power of mulching.

    The extension office should have all kinds of free brochures that tell you how to grow things. One of the more helpful things I got was a calendar that tells you what you can plant every month. That not only tells you when to plant something, it tells you what grows in your area.

    I agree you need a good fence. With neighbors like that you might need a good padlock on the gate.

    If you want you can join us on the sister gardening site. It’s a fairly small group that is really friendly and welcoming. We tease each other and have fun but there are some serious gardeners on there when it comes to gardening. Right now we are not talking that much about gardening since it is kind of off season, but if you have questions you can get some answers and see photos.

    My other suggestion is to start small. Gardening is a time commitment. It takes time to prepare the ground, plant things, keep weeds and grass out, prune and maintain, and even harvest and preserve. A lot of people start out really big and burn out. Plant just a few easy things the first year to learn the techniques, how much you need to plant for your family, and to have some successes. This is probably the hardest thing to do. It’s hard to look at seed catalogs or visit gardening centers and not get carried away.

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