How To Plan Your Small Garden

Raised bed vegetable garden with flowers

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.

Continue reading over on the Get Busy Gardening site…



Check out these posts for more tips on planning your garden. 

How Much Food Will You Get From Each Vegetable Plant?

Free 10 Step Guide to Planning a Smart Spring Garden

Unique & Colorful Varieties to Grow This Year



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