Lots of people like the idea of growing their own food but get quickly overwhelmed at the thought of a garden that will grow everything they want to eat. The key is to start small so you don’t get overwhelmed. Some of these simple gardening ideas may be just what you need to get started.
Consider starting with an herb garden. You can try a culinary herb garden, a medicinal herb garden or even try an indoor herb garden kit for simplicity. Once you see how easy it is to grow your own herbs, you’ll be motivated to try some new things next year.
Grow a few of your favorite herbs in the house, like basil or mint (unless you have cats like mine who will eat anything green they see in the house). While you enjoy these fresh herbs, you might want to think of a good spot outside to grow a few herbs as well.
Herbs like well drained soil and most grow well in soil that isn’t overly fertile. You can dig up a small plot with easy access to your kitchen, or you can just grow your herbs in pots arraged outside (even hanging post). Keep in mind that potted plants will need to be watered more often than plants growing right in the ground.
As your herbs grow, you can pick off and use the leaves fresh, or you can dry them for future use. Some popular herbs include:
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Think about things that you cook a lot of. That should be your garden inspiration. Do you eat a lot of Italian food? Grow a sauce garden or a pizza garden, focusing on the vegetables and herbs that go into your favorite meals. This doesn’t have to be a big garden, and it already has a plan so you don’t have to wonder what to try.
For example, a sauce garden would most certainly involve tomatoes, but also onions, garlic, oregano, green peppers, parsley, basil and marjoram. There you go. Now you know what to plant. And most of these plants are easy to grow so you are almost assured success. Learn how to can and you may be able to grow enough to have home made spaghetti sauce all year until you plant the next garden.
Have you thought about getting involved in your local Farmers Market? Once you get good at growing a few things, you may want to specialize in one or two favorites and sell your excess at the Farmers Market. Before you do, go for a visit. See what there is plenty of and what seems to be in short supply. You may be able to help meet the local demand of some favorite vegetable.
Some vegetables have so many varieties, you could grow all different kinds and never get bored. Consider the many, many types of tomatoes, peppers and squash, to name a few. Get to be known as the go-to person for interesting peppers and you will have a list of customers. Or grow pumpkins if you have the space to sell seasonally.
These are just a few simple gardening ideas to spark your interest. And if you don’t have the space outside, try growing indoors. Right now, I am growing lettuce and green onions in my house. I could have more going, but I was too busy to start everything I wanted. With the right lighting, you can do this even in the winter and have fresh food all year round.