Do you dream of a beautiful flower or vegetable garden—or both—but don’t know how to get started? I share basic gardening information for complete beginners to give you the information and confidence you need to start growing.
We’re talking all the basics including soil, compost, seed starting, garden planning, food growing, plus how to make creative, repurposed garden art. Once you get started, you will fall in love with life outdoors! If you would like new posts by email or the creative gardening newsletter, sign up here. It’s free, of course.
Just Dig In
The cliche is true: there is no better teacher than experience, especially when it comes to gardening. I share all of my tips and tutorials with beginners in mind, providing the information and details I wish I had when I was starting out. And it does really help to share knowledge and avoid common mistakes, but most of all you will learn the real stuff by digging in before you really feel ready and just doing it.
The garden is an amazing teacher. Only by watching and responding will you know what works and what doesn’t, how plants grow and what they need (or don’t need), and what you really enjoy.
We all start out with a vision of something beautiful in our minds, but, as you become a gardener, the incredible offerings of nature and the ongoing processees of life and death and renewal become the true stars.
For me, at some point it stopped being about the end game (though there are many wonderful rest stops along the way) and instead all about the BEING THERE, just savouring the time spent coaxing things along, negotiating with change, and being taught by life and the seasons.
Corny, I know, but true.
I hope you’ll find this life long love as well.
Seed Starting and Propagation
Learn to start plants from seeds, cuttings, and division. It’s a frugal way to have a lot more plants.
Compost, Soil, and Mulch
These 3 things are essential for garden health.
See all of the compost, soil, and mulchy goodness here.
Indoor Food Growing
I’ve become a big fan of indoor food growing. It doesn’t provide huge amounts of veggies but enough to enjoy salads through the winter and it’s very enjoyable when everything is frozen outside.
See tips and tricks for indoor food growing here.
Spring & Summer Garden Tips
Garden tasks do be done in the late winter or early spring (depending on where you live).
See tips for spring and summer gardening here.
Fall & Winter Garden Tips
Fall is very busy in the garden. There’s lots to clean up as well as sowing for spring.
You can deny the seasons entirely by growing veggies outdoors in the winter.
See cold weather growing tips here.
I hope you find what you need to get growing. And thank you for joining me here at Empress of Dirt.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛