Growing Vegetables

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Why garden, you ask? How about enjoying the best vegetables and fruit you’ve ever eaten? If you’ve never tasted garden-fresh food, there’s nothing quite like fresh veggies. But gardening is more than just exercise; it’s also a hobby that can be very rewarding in terms of both physical activity and self-growth. On this page we’ll highlight the basics of vegetable gardening and planning: how to pick the right site for your garden (and why), what size should each bed be based on available space or number of people involved with tending to them, which vegetables are typically easier to grow at home versus those better suited for an expert gardener…

Gardening is a very rewarding hobby that can help you to save money and eat healthier. On this page, we’ll introduce the basics of vegetable gardening: where should your garden be located? What size should it be? And which vegetables will produce well in your conditions?

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-Gardens are not so much work as they are commitment; once planted, most plants need little care other than watering on occasion.(1) We’re here for all those who don’t know how to start their own or what veggies would grow best with the resources available!

Pick the Right Location

The sun is necessary for your garden to be a success, and it can make all the difference. Make sure you pick an area with at least 10 hours of sunlight per day so that your vegetables will grow up healthy and strong!

Picking a great location for your vegetable garden can mean the difference between delicious veggies or disappointing ones. With proper lighting, most plants should have no problem growing in their designated spot; but there are some exceptions where certain plants may need more shade than others due to their preference towards cooler weathers such as peppers which prefer full exposure on hot summer days while tomatoes require partial shade during midday periods when they’re bearing fruit otherwise flowering could halt resulting in stunted growth from lack of pollination.

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Growing vegetables in the ground is a sure-fire way to have healthy, delicious produce. But for those of us with poorly drained soil or rocky terrain, there are alternatives! Try planting your veggies in raised beds and elevated rows so that they can better drain any excess water from our feet as well as their roots when wet conditions arise.

Plant in a location that would make Goldilocks smile.
Do you want to plant your young plants somewhere where they can get knocked over by strong winds and pollinators won’t be able to do their jobs? Or, maybe you don’t mind if the area floods easily or is too heavily trafficked with people walking around on it all day long. If not then look for an area of soil rich in nutrients like organic matter and avoid planting near places filled with thin nutrient-poor soils because those will feed poorly into your young plants as well!

Choosing a Plot Size: Start Small!

Remember: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than frustrated by a big one!


One of the most common errors that beginners make is planting too much, way more than anybody could ever eat or want. Unless you want zucchinis taking up residence in your attic, plan for success with care and start small only growing what you know will taste great and if necessary can handle freezing or storing for use later on without getting disgusting.

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Size of Garden

A 10′ by 10′ garden (100 square feet) is a manageable size for growing in the ground. Choose three to five of your favourite vegetables and purchase three to five plants of each.

If you’re going to plant in a raised bed, a 4′ x 4′ or 4′ x 8′ is a nice size to start with.

See our Raised Garden Bed Guide for information on the advantages of raised beds, how to build one, and what sort of soil to use in one.

A 12′ x 24′ garden in the ground is usually the largest a first-timer should go if they want to go bigger. 3 hills of yellow squash; 1 mound of zucchini; 10 assorted peppers; 6 tomato plants; 12 okra plants; a 12-foot row of bush beans; 2 cucumbers on a cage; 2 eggplant; 6 basil; 1 rosemary; and a few low-growing herbs such as oregano, thyme, and marjoram could be included in a garden that feeds a family of four.

Whatever the size of your garden, make sure you have paths every four feet or so to allow you to weed and pick your plants. Simply make sure you can easily reach the centre of the row or bed without treading on the dirt.

Choosing Vegetables

The best way to make sure you have a successful garden is by starting off with easy vegetables. We’ve listed ten below, but again it’s important that you contact your state for what plants grow well in your area and are known as beginner friendly. This will help give the necessary information needed when crafting the perfect vegetable patch!

10 of the most easy vegetables to grow:

  • radishes – lettuce and cabbage (they thrive in cooler weather) – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers.
  • beans that don’t need a trellis or arbor for support like pole snap peas, bush lima beans; For warm climates try southern pea bean which is drought tolerant. Beans are also high yielding and require little labor once they’re established so if you have time on your hands these could be perfect!

Five tips for choosing vegetables

How many plants to grow?

When deciding how many vegetables and fruits you want to plant, think about the number of family members in your house. For example, if you live by yourself then one tomato bush will suffice but a single person would have more luck with six or seven different types of produce. If there are three people in your household it might make sense for each person to take charge over two rows so that they can specialize on certain things like kale while someone else focuses mainly on cucumbers. Basically choose what everyone likes (or at least agree upon) because nobody has time for planting brussels sprouts when no-one really wants them!

Choose what you (and your family) like to eat. If no one likes brussels sprouts, don’t bother planting them! But if it’s the green beans that make everyone run for more then put some extra effort into growing a big crop of those this year. Be realistic about how many vegetables will be eaten and try not overplanting – trying to take care of tons is only going to wear yourself out when there are so may other things on your plate already! Of course, any excess veggies can easily be given away with friends or at food banks etcetera.

Consider the availability of vegetables at your grocery store. Maybe you want to grow tomatillos, instead of cabbage or carrots, which are readily available. If certain veggies taste better when they’re homegrown and it is less expensive than buying them from a grocery store then why not consider growing some yourself?

In order to ensure your plants are happy and healthy, you can hire a gardener during the summer months or try growing cool-season crops such as lettuce, kale, peas. If you’re going on vacation this year for any length of time that is not within the spring/summer period (e.g., November), then it’s best if someone looks after your garden so they don’t suffer without care from their owner!

This article will help anyone who has an interest in gardening but doesn’t know where to start due to lack of knowledge about what kinds of gardens there are out there; even more importantly – how those different types should be cared for throughout various seasons of the year!

Choosing to use high-quality seeds is an investment in your garden. Saving a few bucks by buying seed packets may seem like the best option, but when they fail to germinate you will have wasted both money and time on something that should’ve been taken care of earlier. The end result? You’ll be spending more than just those few dollars if you want to start over with new plants next year!