Post # 1
And have the patience to teach a beginner? 😉
We eat a TON of veggies and grocery shopping is getting seriously expensive. I would love to start growing our own cucumbers/zucchini/broccoli/lettuce and pretty much anything else that can grow in a pot/container. I doubt our soil could sustain much 🙁
What do I need to get started? What do you grow and am I too late for this summer? Are there any websites or books you’d recommend?
Thanks In Advance 😀
Post # 3
I am going to follow this thread very closely. I’m interested in this as well. I want to start this summer but I’m afriad it may be too late 🙁
The closest thing I have is a basil pot. I planted my seeds on Thursday
Post # 4
Some stuff is better suited to hot weather, like peppers and beans, other stuff doesnt like it so much, like peas. So, you’re not too late for some stuff! I read recently that where I live, you can plant kale on August 1, and it actually tastes *better* if it gets a little frost-nipped, and you can harvest it in late fall!
Anyhow, I don’t know a whole lot about gardening, but my dad does a ton, so I’ve got some ideas, and this year I’m doing a bit of container gardening. I read some websites about which kinds of plants do better with containers, and so right now I’ve got a few peas, beans, tomatoes, and one pepper plant. It’s my experiment year.
Also, a lot of people like to buy the plants which are already growing; I don’t know about where you live, but I’m seeing those allll over now, even at the grocery store, so it’s definitely the perfect time to plant those.
I’d say if you want to start from seeds, do some research either on the internet or get a book from the library (There’s definitely books that are state-specific in terms of weather,) and you can research what grows in containers, what needs a shorter growing season, etc.
One thing to keep in mind… don’t be TOO ambitious your first time. Just try a few kinds of seeds, and not too many containers. It would be really easy to get all caught-up and buy a ton of stuff and then not know what to do with it.
Post # 5
I am surely no gardener, but I planted a little herb garden in a pot and it is starting to sprout. ( not too late to start now, guess you can grow herbs inside if you get enough sun. We also planted a cucumber plant in a pot and i have not seen any growth yet, but i guess they take 28 days or so to germinate. My mom had a garden for a few years and it seemed like if she watered and picked often, then it was pretty easy
Post # 6
The plants you want to try to grow are very beginner friendly. I have a black thumb and I’m still able to grow cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes. Just surf around the internet for your info. And, I would suggest getting them in the ground (or pot) soon! Good luck!
Post # 7
Depends on where you live. We have a “garden box” and if you live in the US growing season for veggies pretty much has just started. We have grown carrots, onions, bell peppers and radishes. This year just planted carrots, onions, bell pepper, habanro pepper, and chilli peppers and tomatos.
Post # 8
My dad has a HUGE one (like almost an acre) with all sorts of things. I know he is on a gardener website with a great community group that has been helpful to him. He starts the seeds out in little peet pots, inside until they are a couple inches tall. He then put them into larger pots and lets them grow a few more inches under some lamps and then they get put outside for a few hours a day to harden them off. If the seedlings gi straight from inside to out all day they are likely to just wither and die. He then plants them outside. I know lettuce grows in containers well. Tomatoes will be happier in the ground but in a bigger pot with a cage to grow on they do alright. You are a little behind for this year, depending on where you are and the climate. A lot of it depends on where you are and what you want to grow.
This is a booklet put out by Texas A&M ag department that might help with things that will grow well in a container. 🙂
I love gardening and can’t wait to live somewhere with the space!
Post # 9
I love gardening! We’re just about to put a bunch of plants in the ground this week. You’re definitely not too late — our ‘last frost’ date is tomorrow here in Michigan, so if you’re somewhere similarly cold most people are probably just starting to get their stuff going. (Granted, it’s been extra warm this year, so some have started early, but still: not too late by the usual standards!)
Since you’re just starting out, you’ll probably want to start with seedlings rather than starting your own from seed for most things. It’s a little more expensive, but much easier. You can easily buy baby plants for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, etc. Look for seedlings that are stout and robust looking, rather than ones that are tall and leggy.
Your leafy greens are easy to start from seed, though. Pick up a couple packets of spinach, lettuce, or whatever you want, and a pot, and you’re good to go.
If you’re doing most container gardening, make sure to pick container-friendly varieties. They’ll stay a little smaller and more manageable than ones that want to be in the ground. There are a lot of good container tomatos, and you should be able to find them at your local garden center or even Home Depot. The tags on the seedlings will say whether or not they are a good container variety. This site lists some varieties for a bunch of different veggies as well as the pot size you’ll need for each of them. If you can’t find good varieties locally, you can order from places like Burpee.
There are soil mixes specifically for container gardening that you’ll want to pick up. We use a Miracle Grow Organic mix. I like to stick to organic stuff when growing things I’m going to eat, but there are other options out there as well.
Gardening can seem really daunting at first, but don’t be afraid to just get out there and experiment. Google is your friend! Practically any question you could ask about gardening is answered somewhere out there on the internet. We have a really strong community garden scene where I live, and they run classes for beginner gardeners. You should look into whether that kind of thing is available for you — or garden centers will sometimes have little seminars as well.
Post # 10
Me too! I just started my porch garden. (It is all I have to work with.) If it is warm enough outside you can start your seeds outside (I just did yesterday). It is not too late. I am starting them in potters and will transplant when they are big enough.
I am going to try to find unstained cedar (or redwood- they are rot resistant) and build a long/ large box of sorts. The more root space and better organic soil you give your plants, the better they will do. I am a beginner, but I hope somethings work out.
I am doing tomatoes and pepper plants, cucumber (spacemaster), and spearmint, and some lettuce. It will be a little work getting started, but I am already excited about it. Hopefully it will be worth the work.
I do not recommend plastic containers- glazed pots would be ideal, or terra cotta (as long as you watch them, they can zap moisture from the plants.)
Post # 11
I’ve got some tomatoes, peppers, and herbs. I’ve got a black thumb, but they’re pretty good do far.
Post # 12
You guys are awesome!!
The ones I would really like to do are zuchini, cucumber, a type of lettuce and broccoli, and then maybe peppers and tomatoes the next year. Is that too ambitious, or could I do tomatoes this year too? Is a seedling already planted?
My mom has plastic containers I could use but should I get different ones? Do I need a container for each different vegetable?
I am seriously so dumb when it comes to gardening. Do I literally put a seed in soil and water it and that’s it? LOL! and how do I know when the vegetable is done, if its in the soil??
Post # 13
@noopnoop: It’s definitely not too late to start! I live in MN and just planted my garden today. Since it’s your first time, I would go with seedlings (the little sprouts in plastic pots–you can get them from a hardware store or a garden center). Then, just follow the directions on the tag–it will tell you how much sunlight/water the plant needs, etc. The same thing if you do use seeds–just look at the back of the package and it will tell you how to plant them.
You probably will need enough containers to put each plant in its own container (unless they are REALLY big containers), because the plants will grow and spread quite a bit. Also, zucchini and cucumbers grow on vines that will get crazy, so just make sure that you have them in a place where they won’t overtake other plants nearby. Tomatoes grow really well in containers, so you should definitely try those too.
Basically, the way you know they are ready is that they look like vegetables! You won’t hurt anything if you pick them a little early or a little late–and you can always pick one and taste it. If it tastes good, then it’s ready.
Post # 14
I just planted my 2nd annual veggie garden. Don’t make these beginners mistakes…
1. Overcrowding – check labels for spacing of your plants or google “square foot gardening” to find info on more space intensive planting
2. Prepare your soil – go for organic fertilizers
3. Know how much sun your plot will get – full sun ideal for many veggies, depending on your horticulture zone
4. Some veggies are known being easy to grow – you might want to use easy ones or just dive right in. Veggie plants are not expensive, so a few duds won’t be a big deal
5. Herbs – especially perennial herbs, can be very rewarding and useful
6. Don’t over water!
Post # 15
I really like the blog http://www.yougrowgirl.com/ – it’s got a lot of neat ideas and good information on all kinds of gardening.
And if you’re looking for a good book, that blog author has a book out by the same name (You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail) that is really great for beginners! It’s got a section on vegetable gardening, and even better, it’s geared towards small space and container gardening which sounds like it’ll be right up your alley.
Post # 16
I have no advice on how to do it, just a story on how I utterly failed at it last year.
I have a friend who is an intense urban gardener. He started me off last year with a 4×9 plot, and I went to town planting ENTIRELY too much stuff – corn, 6 kinds of tomatoes, 4 kinds of lettuce, arugala, peas, peppers, and then some containers of carrots and potatoes. After a very short while it was just too overwhelming. I am a consistently busy person and around mid-summer it got to be that I wasn’t getting home until dark most of the weeknights, and by weekends, I just couldn’t fathom doing anything other than the mandatory housework when I could. So the garden failed, and I felt like a bit of a loser.
I am positive that most of it was that I chose to take on too much at once. If I’d had some lettuce and some tomatoes, I don’t think it would have overwhelmed me. I’m the kind of person who has to become familiar with a process before I dive in. Another large part of it was not making the time to do the weeding, thinning, and watering – I suspect that with only a few plants, I would have found the time.
This year, the same friend had found himself in need of a place to live, and I spend more and more time at my fiance’s anyway, so he is now renting part of my house. Since he no longer had a large yard to grow edibles, I allowed him to convert chunks of my back yard into veggie patches. My property, his work, we share the harvest. Win!