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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2597 days
hardiness zone 5b

706 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: tips beginner

What tips would you pass on to someone wanting to start a garden for the first time – whether it is a large space, a little plot in the yard, a deck or balcony?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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Gregn

26 posts in 1542 days

706 days ago

I have found that using premixed soils with fertilizer added to not be very good for beginners and tend to burn the plants.

-- Just another Brown Thumb

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stefang

393 posts in 1576 days
hardiness zone 7

706 days ago

My tip would be to hire a gardener.

-- Mike the reluctant gardening assistant of Lillian

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Iris43

3807 posts in 2227 days
hardiness zone 5a

705 days ago

Both good tips…..lol, especially Mike’s. Haha.

I recently had to go through some of the beginning pictures of my gardens and was amazed.

First, they were just a narrow border along the fence line and across the front of the house. Year by year they grew larger and larger. The first flowers were familiar flowers that I knew were easy to grow, cosmos, nasturiums, portulaca, even some boughten petunias. (gardening on a very limited budget, as well as limited knowledge and time) And some good old stand-by perennials…rudbeckia, shasta daisies, lilies and peonies. Some plants came from the gardens of friends with directions on how to grow. A very nice way to expand your garden… :)

As my experience grew, the gardens expanded and I got bolder in trying new…..and sometimes more expensive plants. Also by starting small I never felt overwhelmed by the amount of work was needed to keep up with the garden.

I guess I played it safe…..trying only what I was pretty sure would succeed…..but that was how I gained confidence until I tried more difficult plants. I found that success breeds success.

Now as I garden, I find there are no plants that are truly difficult to grow (or maybe I still don’t try the truly hard to grow plants!)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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daltxguy

882 posts in 1695 days
hardiness zone 4a

704 days ago

Learn which ‘weeds’ are edible – you may already have a garden and you don’t even know it!

Some plants we commonly think of as weeds which are edible (there are many more, this is just off the top of my head):

milkweed
bulrush (cattail)
dandelion
chicory
curly dock
purslane
thistle
nettle

See http://www.eattheweeds.com/ for example

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2597 days
hardiness zone 5b

703 days ago

check out this blog by Eden Maker

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Shirley Bovshow "Eden Maker"

74 posts in 1826 days
hardiness zone 10a

703 days ago

Thank you Debbie for sharing the link. You are so fast! Are you on the site 24/7?
Hope you are enjoying a nice end of summer. Very hot in LA!
Shirley

-- Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" , www.EdenMakersBlog.com, www.GardenCenterTV.ning.com

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2597 days
hardiness zone 5b

703 days ago

I check in as frequently as possible—mostly keeping my eye open for spammers.. but the bonus is that I get to see wonderful postings by our members.

It feels like fall today, a little cooler and a whole lot wetter!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Shirley Bovshow "Eden Maker"

74 posts in 1826 days
hardiness zone 10a

699 days ago

I just posted a new video about harvesting artichokes that beginners may be interested in watching. Look for it on Garden Tenders video page!

-- Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker" , www.EdenMakersBlog.com, www.GardenCenterTV.ning.com

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OllieWild

12 posts in 750 days
hardiness zone 8

690 days ago

As a beginner, I like hardy perennials, once they’re in, they’re in.
Also, quality tools give me more enjoyment and more desire to use them

-- Sheffield Building and landscaping - www.asandow.co.uk

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Bon

7374 posts in 2377 days
hardiness zone 5a

687 days ago

My advice to beginners is to put lots of triple mix into the gardens.Starting with good soil always gave me great results.Hardy perennials are probably the easiest to grow and if it’s veggies you want then good soil goes a long way towards a good harvest.Also read all you can about what you are planting and especially with veggies what grows the best beside each other.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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