In March we put work into our garden beds, and they’re already yielding beautiful produce!

It’s about delicious food being grown with our own hands – which we will be sharing with others around our dinner table.

And it’s not too late for you to start!

The increasing number of gardeners in the United States stands for something. It says that people are interested in fresh. People are tired of paying the prices and they want to know where their produce is coming from! The lost art of gardening is returning! I can also tell by the number of emails and comments from people who are inquiring, that more and more people are growing gardens again, but they want help with the basics.

Dear Sandy …
This is the year I’ve decided to get into gardening. I want to use homegrown produce while I’m entertaining, but the costs are so high! What are some general tips that you could give me?

This is the month in which gardeners start itching to get out into their yards. And for my husband and me, it all boils down to 3 simple key points that can make or break our attempts! But before I share the simplicity of these three (in tomorrow’s post), keep these ideas in mind, if you are a new gardener.

Write out a very simple garden plan for the year!
Where do you want your beds, what existing beds do you plan on changing over to vegetables, how much money can you spend? What would you like to serve to your guests? Start small – choose only a few items to grow the first year!

How do I know what kind of vegetables to grow?
Decide what vegetables you think taste better homegrown than store-bought. What can save you money, or come close to saving you money by growing rather than buying? For example, we’ve found that it’s not worth our time and money to grow garlic or onions!

Start with produce that is very easy to grow – like zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries or green beans. If you’re new to gardening, don’t grow corn! Unless you have a huge garden space, you can probably buy corn pretty inexpensively at the local grower’s market! Two foods that grow well in containers are tomatoes and strawberries, if you do not have a yard or much space for a garden. We start early in March with lettuce, but we have to cover it up with garden cloth because it’s still too cold outside.

Buy starts!
Unless you are a seasoned gardener, or you have a greenhouse and can daily take care of the plants, you won’t want to mess with seeds. Buy starts and keep it simple! You want to have success! (Remember this is advice for a brand new gardener!)

Come back tomorrow for the 3 simple key components to a successful garden! In the meantime, the photos in this post are of the lettuce in our beds – right now! Beautiful lettuce, ready to be picked, spun, and indulged in! I can’t wait!

Oh, and take a peek under the garden cloth at the lettuce which has sprouted from seed, even though it’s still covered – it is still growing!

Do you have a garden plan this year? Are you a new gardener or a seasoned gardener?

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