This blog post was a guest feature on a fellow garden blogger’s site, Amy from Get Busy Gardening. She’s my neighbor in the Upper Midwest and I was lucky enough to meet her in person at the Garden Bloggers Fling in Minneapolis. Her site is filled with practical and fun garden advice and projects. Stick around a while after reading the post!
If you had to guess, what do you think is one of the most common mistakes that beginning gardeners make?
If you guessed starting with a garden that’s way too big, you’re right!
Over the years I’ve met lots of gardeners who get excited about the idea of growing their own food and then dig up a huge section of their yard. Not a good idea! Although gardening isn’t rocket science, there are a lot of details to learn and it’s easy to get overwhelmed quickly – especially if you have a big garden. So, I often counsel my clients and students to start small the first year.
It’s much easier to keep up with a small garden during the busy summer season. You’re more likely to be successful, which means you’re going to have a lot more fun. And greater success will make you excited about continuing to garden the following season, and hopefully for many more seasons after that!
If you’re thinking about starting a small vegetable garden this year, here are my top tips for successful planning.
Check out these posts for more tips on planning your garden.
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