So I’ve been buggering about with growing stuff for about 2 years now, but I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any means. My approach to gardening is very hit and miss, but luckily I have had a few really good hits to go with the misses. The chilli bush we had at the old house grew so well that we actually ran out of things to do with the chillis! We also had a good crop of tomatoes from 1 bush last year, and I’ve had good luck with (most) basil so far.
Here’s some of the things I think a n00b gardener should do:
- Google! there’s loads of good gardening websites you can read. Try find ones from your country so the advice is specific to your climate and the challenges you will face.
- Find out what is easy to keep alive and grow that first! Basil is a pretty good starter plant. I’ve only managed to kill it twice, once out of neglect (I lost interest in gardening) and recently in the big rains we had we lost a plant. I think it was still too cold to have planted it already.
- Seedlings ftw. Growing stuff from seed can be tricky and if you are like me and want instant gratification, seeds SUCK! Buying seedlings from a nursery is way easier and rewarding, so you’re less likely to get dispirited when nothing grows.
- Check how long something is going to take and how much space it will take. We tried to grow broccoli and cauliflower last year and it was just ridiculous. It took up 90% of our limited space and took MONTHS to grow. I hated the stuff.
- Use grey water. By this i mean the water from your bath or shower. We rerouted the pipe that goes from the shower down the drain to water our garden instead. We also use bathwater to water the lawn. It takes a bit of effort, but it makes no sense to waste!
- Start a compost heap. We have an old bin outside the back door that I chuck all our kitchen veggie scraps into, as well as grass cuttings.
There’s something so satisfying about eating food you grew yourself. I am very excited to expand our current operations! It’s pretty addictive really.
What do you think is important for a beginner gardener to know?
thanks for reading!