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So you want to know how to grow a vegetable garden! It’s an exciting thought. There are several ways you can go about it. Ask yourself a few key questions first. What kind of space do you have? Do you have a yard area where you can plant directly into the ground? Or is your outdoor space a deck or patio like mine was in Key Largo?

Then, what is your budget? When we first started gardening, my budget was smaller than a shoestring! I bought the cheapest soil I could find, my neighbor gave me pots and I ordered the seeds online. And everything went out on our deck.

Regardless what you have and your budget, confirm your chosen area gets at least 6 hours of sunlight each day. If not, can you help your garden along with grow lights?

Then, decide how you want to build (the articles below will help you make this decision). Container Garden? Raised Garden? Directly into ground? Vertical garden? SO many choices!

Let’s get started. Shall we?

Practical Tips for First Time Gardeners
Simple but encouraging first steps for those who want to start gardening but are not sure how to start.

Simple but encouraging first steps from an experienced farmer and gardener. For those who want to know how to start gardening but are not sure where to begin this website is good place to start.

First Time Gardener Supplies

100 Round Jiffy Peat Pots 3inch x 3inch size100 Round Jiffy Peat Pots 3inch x 3inch size12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable SeedsEspoma 16-Quart Organic Seed Starter MixEspoma 16-Quart Organic Seed Starter MixWeek-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's HandbookWeek-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook


The How To’s of Starting a Vegetable Garden

This article gives you a great overall idea on how to start a vegetable garden. She hits all the basics too: what type of garden should you start, should you choose seeds or starter plants, how to water, pest defense, etc.

The Seasoned Homemaker gives a great overall idea on how to start a vegetable garden. She hits all the basics too: what type of garden should you start, should you choose seeds or starter plants, how to water, pest defense, etc.

Types of Garden Beds

Lifetime 60065 Raised Garden Bed, 4 by 4 FeetLifetime 60065 Raised Garden Bed, 4 by 4 FeetBest Choice Raised Vegetable Garden BedBest Choice Raised Vegetable Garden BedRaised Garden Bed Kit, 2 Beds and 1 Vinyl EnclosureRaised Garden Bed Kit, 2 Beds and 1 Vinyl EnclosureVictory 8 Fabric Raised Garden Bed, 4 foot x 8 footVictory 8 Fabric Raised Garden Bed, 4 foot x 8 foot


$25 Will Get You a Great Vegetable Garden

With $25, you can build a raised bed vegetable garden WITH plants and grow enough food to make back your money in no time!

For $25, Brown Thumb Mama will teach you can build a raised bed vegetable garden WITH plants and grow enough food to make back your money in no time.

Here I give you the how to and plans for building your own raised garden bed.

Colorful Vegetable Garden

Bean - Bush Tricolor Seeds 80 seedsBean – Bush Tricolor Seeds 80 seedsSwiss Chard Rainbow Mix- 100+ SeedsSwiss Chard Rainbow Mix- 100+ SeedsEaster Egg Radish Seeds 1.2 gramsEaster Egg Radish Seeds 1.2 gramsSquash - Zucchini - Tricolor SeedsSquash – Zucchini – Tricolor Seeds

Salsa Garden

50 Big Boy Hybrid Tomato Seeds - My Secret Gardens50 Big Boy Hybrid Tomato Seeds – My Secret GardensHydrofarm GCTB Tomato Barrel with 4-Foot TowerHydrofarm GCTB Tomato Barrel with 4-Foot Tower75+ Jalapeno Pepper Seeds- Heirloom Variety75+ Jalapeno Pepper Seeds- Heirloom VarietyDavid's Garden Seeds Cilantro Marino 500 Organic SeedsDavid’s Garden Seeds Cilantro Marino 500 Organic Seeds

Kid’s Garden

Sweet Charlie Strawberry Fruit Seed - 100 SeedsSweet Charlie Strawberry Fruit Seed – 100 SeedsMelons - Three Flavor Seeds - Disease ResistantMelons – Three Flavor Seeds – Disease ResistantCarrots - Tricolor - Circus Circus Seeds 8Carrots – Tricolor – Circus Circus Seeds 8″ roots


Never Go To the Store For Salad Makings Again

How fun is this idea? Grow your own salad ingredients in your backyard! Freshest salad ever!

How fun is this idea? To be honest, I have to confess this is kinda where I started (and still where I am). I decide on the vegetables I eat the most and plant those.

I also choose the vegetables that are a little more costly here AND that we eat regularly-like bell peppers. Kevin and I go through 2-3 each week and they are currently $1.79 apiece up here (nonorganic). ARGGHHH! I would actually eat more if they were not so damaging to the grocery budget! Learn more here!

Salad Garden

500+ Mesclun Lettuce Seeds - Salad Mix - Does best in cool weather500+ Mesclun Lettuce Seeds – Salad Mix – Does best in cool weatherOrganic Rainbow Mix Pepper Seeds Each color has its own flavorOrganic Rainbow Mix Pepper Seeds Each color has its own flavorPackage of 800 Seeds, Rainbow Carrots (Daucus carota) Non-GMOPackage of 800 Seeds, Rainbow Carrots (Daucus carota) Non-GMOItalian Roma Tomato Heirloom Organic 100 seedsItalian Roma Tomato Heirloom Organic 100 seedsDavid's Garden Seeds Radish Easter Egg (Multi Color) 1000 SeedsDavid’s Garden Seeds Radish Easter Egg (Multi Color) 1000 Seeds


Build Your Garden on Your Balcony

Amazing ideas and inspirations for how you too can plant and grow your own vegetables and herbs on your balcony. Great for ideas and inspiration.

Den Garden does a great job of explaining how she plants her vegetables and herbs on her balcony. Great for ideas and inspiration for you balcony and patio dwellers.

I built a Gronomics Elevated Garden bed on our deck and have used it ever since. It has worked out really well!


Create a Container Vegetable Garden

Do you need or prefer to grow your vegetables in containers? Then get all the down low here!

Do you need or prefer to container garden? Then Carrie from Coupon Closet will give you the basics on how to get started.

Here is my guide on everything you need to know on how to grow vegetables in containers. I talk about everything from what can you grow, to how to water, to fertilizer and pest/disease control.

Containers For Gardening

Fiskars 24 Inch Deck Rail Planter Box, Color ClayFiskars 24 Inch Deck Rail Planter Box, Color ClayInjection Molded Nursery Pot 5 Gallon, 5-PackInjection Molded Nursery Pot 5 Gallon, 5-PackFiskars 18 Inch Veranda 5 Gallon Planter, Color CementFiskars 18 Inch Veranda 5 Gallon Planter, Color Cement5-Pack 7 Gal Grow Bags Fabric Pots w/Handles5-Pack 7 Gal Grow Bags Fabric Pots w/Handles1ft x 1ft Deck Protector For Raised Garden Beds 6-pack1ft x 1ft Deck Protector For Raised Garden Beds 6-pack


DIY Raised Garden Beds

Fun and quite detailed infographic on how to build a raised garden. They sure made it look easy! Are you eyeing your yard yet?!?

Fun and quite detailed infographic on how to build a raised garden. They sure made it look easy! Are you eyeing your yard yet?!? Square foot gardening is probably the most efficient way to make use of your space.


Grow Your Vegetables Indoors

Do you need or want to grow your garden indoors? Is it winter and you're going stir crazy? Yes? Then indoor vegetable gardening is totally for you!

Do you need or want to grow your garden indoors? Is it winter and you’re going stir crazy? Yes? Then indoor vegetable gardening is totally for you! Beginning steps are listed here. You just need to pick up a few tools of the trade and you’re off and running! Grow A Good Life shows you how here.

Indoor Gardening Supplies

Indoor Grow Light, 3-Tier Stand SunLite Light Garden With Plant TraysIndoor Grow Light, 3-Tier Stand SunLite Light Garden With Plant TraysiRSE Indoor Garden Kit with Grow Light LED Growing SystemiRSE Indoor Garden Kit with Grow Light LED Growing SystemMiracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, BlackMiracle-Gro AeroGarden Sprout with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit, Black2017 New Dual Head Led Grow Light, 10W Desk Clip Lamp with 360 Degree2017 New Dual Head Led Grow Light, 10W Desk Clip Lamp with 360 Degree


The Basics of Starting Your First Vegetable Garden

Start your first vegetable garden here with step by step details from a veteran gardener.

This is the absolute basics for starting a vegetable garden indoors with seeds. Stay Gold Autumn goes step by step on how and what seedlings to plant. This is a good place to start if you have never gardened before. I started my seeds in the winter with the Jiffy Seed Starter Trays. It worked out pretty well-especially for my peppers.

Conclusion

Now you know the basics of how to start a vegetable garden. There is a lot to consider but the process is oodles of fun! Pretty exciting, yes? Now, let’s do some planting!

Follow My How To Grow A Vegetable Garden Board on Pinterest

Here is a full list of supplies that can help you get started with growing your own garden.

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