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A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Food Gardening

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

Have you been dreaming of starting a garden, but something’s been holding you back? For most aspiring gardeners, the biggest barrier to getting started is knowledge. A lot goes into creating a successful, productive garden, and many people are too intimidated to sort through all the information at hand.



We’re presenting this handy guide that you can use to start your garden with confidence. Here’s all you need to know to create a food garden you can be proud of:


Planning Your Garden

Here’s how to make the most of any space:


● Before setting up your garden, have your land professionally surveyed to ensure your project doesn’t spill onto your neighbor’s property.

● If you have plenty of land you can use to create a garden, check out these design ideas.

● Container gardening can help you make the most of the smallest spaces.

Use this guide to determine how much sun your yard gets - this will define which plants will thrive.


Protecting Your Goods

There are all kinds of pests that may want to get at your food - here’s how to protect it.


● Use bee- and food-safe pesticides to protect pollinators in your area.

● If you live in a deer-heavy area, installing a fence can make sure your food stays yours.

● There are also many tools you can use to keep smaller pests like squirrels away from your crops.


Using Your Yields

Make the most of your freshly-grown produce:


● Learn how to recognize when the items you’ve grown are ready to harvest.

● Bookmark these garden-fresh recipes to try once your crops are ready.

● Learn how to make pickles and preserves in order to avoid letting excess crops go to waste.


Food gardening comes with a plethora of benefits. You’ll get to eat healthy, fresh produce you’ve grown yourself while reducing your impact on the planet. We hope this article inspires you, because there’s no better time than now to get started!



 

About guest writer:

"Jenna Sherman hopes to help other parents acquire the skills they need to raise future leaders by providing a collection of valuable, up-to-date, authoritative resources. A mom of three (two girls and a boy) created parent-leaders.com as an avenue for parents who want to make sure their children grow up to be strong, independent, successful adults."


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