28 Gardening Resources for Beginners


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28 Gardening Resources for Beginners

Can you feel it? Can you see it?Our hyacinths are starting to poke through in our front flower bed. The first signs of Spring looming in the next few weeks! Contrary to what Punxsutawney Phil told us on Groundhog Day, it’s starting to feel more like Spring around these parts and I couldn’t be more excited!Spring has always brought such happy memories for me. Dusting off my cleats for high school lacrosse games, breaking out the shorts and flip-flops, cool mornings and evenings smelling the early blooms. Spring is only second to my obsession with Autumn and this year for an entirely different reason. This year I’ll be planting my very first garden! I’ve already ordered my seeds and I’m anxiously waiting for the ground to warm up so I can start getting to work! I’m excited to share with you some amazing resources that have been supremely helpful for me and it is my desire that these helpful links will provide what you need to get your garden started on the right foot.28 Gardening Resources for Beginners - Pursue Simple Joy

Utilize Pinterest

First of all, there is always Pinterest! I can get overwhelmed with Pinterest at times so this is why I tend to like round-up posts. I’ll pin this post and then refer back to it. Without further ado, here are some topics to get you on your merry gardening way!

Beginners Tips

My first biggest tip for beginner gardeners... START SMALL and know your planting zone. You don't want to attempt to plant something that can't grow in your area. Thankfully, I haven't made this mistake (yet) but that's because it was something I learned while doing my research.Also, plant things that your family will eat and enjoy and start with the easy ones that are known as "low risk" plants. I'm told zucchini is hard to mess up, so that's one of the seeds that I ordered. We also eat a lot of zucchini around here ;)DIY Seed TapeTop 10 Heirloom Seed CatalogsHow Much Do I Plant?Garden Planting ScheduleGet Plants for FreeGardening 101Gardening for BeginnersGarden Start-Up11 Tips Every Beginner Gardener Should KnowHow to Track Shadows to Choose the Best Spot for your Garden

Garden Types

We are planning on doing raised bed lasagna gardening (or Back to Eden Gardening) which is basically the mulch method. There are tons of articles on how to build raised beds and how to start a Back to Eden Garden. From what I've gathered, they both do a great job at helping with weed control which is what I'm going for.Pray for me as I start some seeds indoors soon. I've been terrible about that in the past so I'm hoping they survive and that I can get them outside and my cat or 19-month-old doesn't get to them first.Lasagna GardeningSquare Foot GardeningUrban/Small Space GardeningWindowsill GardeningSeed StartingEdible HouseplantsFluorescent Shop Lights for Seed Starting

Weed/Pest Control

We have fire ants around these parts and I long for the day when they will forever be eradicated. I loathe them. L-O-A-T-H-E. That is all.Best Natural Weed Control MethodsHow to Keep Snails Out of the Garden

Specific Plants

I can't wait to be growing my own tomatoes. I've heard they can be tricky but I'm looking forward to giving them a go. We eat tons of tomatoes and tomato-based products around here. Canning and preserving is something that we plan on diving into once we harvest!Fall Bearing RaspberriesGrowing PeasA Beginners Guide to AlliumsGrowing Fruit5 Secrets to Growing Great TomatoesVegetable Gardening of All Kinds (use this link to check out her many posts on veggies!)Eat Your Weeds

Gardening with Kids

Gardening with TJ is something I CAN'T wait to do. Watching him with his own little garden space as he grows and takes pride in what he's grown with his own hands is going to bring us great joy. I didn't grow up with a garden so it'll be fun starting this new chapter in our family legacy.Building a Lasagna Garden with KidsBuilding a Raised Bed for Kids

Don't Get Overwhelmed

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information out there on starting a garden. Bottom line, remember that there are probably going to be flops in your garden this year. Fear of failure is something that kept me away from wanting to plant a garden for a while now. This is the first year I told myself to “get over it” and just DO it. Through those failures I know I’ll learn and find out what works and what doesn’t.

Start small, learn from your mistakes and your success, don’t give up and try again!

What are some of the first plants your’re going to grow this year? Do you have a favorite veggie, herb, or flower? II’d love to know what you love to grow! Leave it in the comments below! :D