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Are You Up for a Challenge?

January 16th, 2013

I get a lot of questions and comments from new gardeners. Growing your own food is becoming more and more popular and more people I know are taking the plunge and putting in a garden. After much thought, I decided it would be easiest to have a separate small garden and to start a series chronicling each step of the process, what to plant, when to plant, how to weed; everything a beginner needs to know for a successful edible garden throughout the year.
edible garden
I’ll be putting in a small garden in my yard somewhere off by itself. This spring, it will be started in the sod just like a new gardener would. A few vegetables will be grown, nothing too exotic, things that will be chosen for ease of growth and delicious eating. Each week or two (let me know how often you want to see an update) I’ll post an update to the blog with chores you need to be doing in the garden, things to look for, how things are growing, etc.
freshly picked radishes
Frost Kissed Seed Tin from Peaceful Valley 5
This is where you come in. If you are a new or an experienced gardener please answer the following questions:
Would you be interested in a series like this?

Would you join in by planting a garden?

Would you be willing to participate as mentor if you’re an experienced gardener?

What size garden do you think is a good manageable size for starting out? I’m thinking 5 foot by 5 foot

How many different kinds of vegetables should be planted? I’m thinking 5

What kinds of vegetables do you think are best for beginners? tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, and peas are among my top choices so far.

Do you think it would be easiest to choose a seed collection from a seed company (like the EZ to Grow Rainbow Kitchen Collection from Renee’s Garden?)

Do you think any herbs and flowers should be included? I was thinking basil & marigolds for companion planting

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.