Gardening 101

Do you like the fact that I planted a garden approximately 6 weeks ago and I already am writing a blog post like I’m qualified to give advice about it?

But really, this is less of a “gardening 101” post and more of a “how I’ve so far not managed to kill everything I’ve planted” post. (We’ve still got a ways to go so KNOCKONWOOD again y’all.)

When I started the garden this year, I got advice from friends, the lovely Master Gardeners of Southwestern Indiana, and of course, the Internet. I’m going to compile the list of helpful things I found online plus some of the things we purchased if you are curious. And so I can reference it again next year. 🙂

Total Beginner Info

Planting Calendar and Zone Finder

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Common Gardening Mistakes and What I’ve Learned from Them

Raised Bed Gardening

Raised Bed Basics

How to Build a Raised Bed

Soil Info

Soil Calculator

The Perfect Soil Mixture for Filling Your Raised Bed

We ended up using a pre-mixed organic soil (because I’m lazy and didn’t want to buy a bunch of different soils and mix them together). We used this Harvest Organics brand from Lowe’s.

Other Helpful Stuff

Mulch for Vegetable Gardens

Rain Barrel How-To

Seed Starting FAQ

My Beginner Notes

Like I noted earlier, we used a pre-mixed organic soil, and I think the quality of the soil has really done most of the work in the garden for us.

My friend at work told me to put straw down (see the post on mulching your vegetable garden above). I was doubtful at first because I had never seen anyone do that, and it would make the garden look a little…ugly. I am so glad that we did. A bale of straw was probably $5 at Lowe’s, and we used about 1/4 of it. So far, I think I’ve pulled one weed out of the garden, and the soil is usually pretty moist since the straw helps it retain water.

NOTE: Don’t get hay. Get straw. Maybe you already know the difference between the 2, but I didn’t. If you cover your garden in hay, you’re going to be pulling weeds all summer.

For questions on specific plants, I’ve been referring to my friends who have gardens or searching gardeners.com advice section. They have lots of specific articles on different fruit, veg, and flowers, so I’ve found myself on their site several times, especially when I was first planting.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with an update when our veggies actually come in. Until then, I’ll keep anxiously checking every night while I water. ❤

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