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How To Start A Vegetable Garden - 30 Day Challenge
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I have always wanted a big garden. A garden that is full of all kinds of different fruits and vegetables. A garden that produces enough for my family to eat properly preserved garden food throughout the next year.

This has been a desire of mine for a long time. Yet, I always found an excuse not to do it. This year, my husband and I decided we were going for it, no matter what!

So, the research began. We read everything we could on growing plants in pots and raised bed gardens because we knew our soil would not allow for a garden of normal standards. Directly in our dirt was not an option.

We read a lot, talked to a lot of people, and watched a lot of how to videos. And finally we did it. We took the first step. We built our first raised garden bed!

While I would love to have at least one more raised garden bed, the current configuration of our yard, grass, trees, and space for child play doesn't really allow it. Yes, that is an excuse. I want more raised bed gardens, but I also don't want to take on more than I can handle. So one bed this year it is.

My next step was to obtain as many containers as possible for the container portion of my garden. I emptied all the old dirt from my containers and cleaned the new and old containers with a mixture of part bleach, part water.

I was now ready to plant in containers and in my raised garden bed. Which lead to my next research item - what to plant where and when.

I knew I wanted to get my lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash in the ground ASAP, so I started growing the seeds in starter pods. After 2 or 3 weeks, about half of them have sprouted and the zucchini and yellow squash are ready to be planted into a bigger pot. I do not believe any of the plants are ready for outdoor life, but it seems the zucchini and yellow squash have already outgrown their starter pods.

And this is where we are today.

THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE

It's the beginning of April and a lot more needs to be researched, decided upon, and acted upon in the next 30 days in order for my garden to produce well this year.

And so, the 30 Day Challenge was born. Over the next 30 days, I will document how to start a vegetable garden. I will be planting new seeds, both in pots as well as in starter pods as well as transplanting the plants I've already started into pots and beds. There are many things I am still undecided about and I hope to share my insight with you as well as gain valuable information from all of you expert gardeners out there!

Over the next 30 days, I want you to join me in this challenge. Start your vegetable garden. Post your results on my website and within these articles. Share your accomplishments, frustrations, questions. We will learn and grow together.

I hope to inspire others like me who desire a bigger garden to take a chance and just do it. I hope to teach new gardeners the things I learn along the way, what to do and what not to do. And I hope experienced gardeners will provide us with their insight as we take this journey together.


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Barbara9  

nice article

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Barbara.

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  about 7 years ago

Indeed, is that time of the year. Here in WA State, we struggle with weather greatly, if we plant too early we may get too much water and even snow. I wish all the participants good luck.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you, Jesse. Given your weather constraints, when do you normally start planting in the ground? I'm guessing most of your plants must be started indoors to get a jump on your garden.

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  about 7 years ago

Nice article and love the idea! I have done raised beds and they are a lot of work but very worth while.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Patty. I love my raised bed and I haven't even planted in it yet!

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  about 7 years ago

If OK with you I am going to pin this all all future articles involving this.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thank you for asking, Shawn, and please do. I am pinning the series as well so it will hopefully help many people start their gardens.

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  about 7 years ago

I like the 30 day challenge idea and hope you get a lot of takers to the challenge.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Mike!

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  about 7 years ago

You're really going to enjoy harvesting the vegetables! We have a pretty large garden and my 5 year old loves to pick strawberries! We normally plant tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, green beans, cucumbers and squash, collard greens, and lettuce. We have so much that we often give some to family and neighbors.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Tonya, I am envious of your garden! I currently have my lettuce growing from seeds and they are so tiny I cannot imagine them becoming huge heads of lettuce! A question on your green beans - do you grow them up a trellis or fence. I've read that some people do and some don't and I'm not sure which way I should grow them. Any advice?

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  about 7 years ago
  

Check out my profile for a link to the challenge - Day 1 of the 30 day challenge is updated on my blog.

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  about 7 years ago

AJ, Happy gardening! Good job writing it up. I'm helping my mom with her gardening library instead of gardening. There's a lot of plants under lights in the basement for planting once the danger of freezing passes. blessings, Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago
  

Cynthia, I am envious of your grow lights! I need to get some, not only so I can start my seedlings earlier, but to give the plants a better start once they sprout.

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  about 7 years ago

AJ, Thanks -- that's cool! My dad made them. He grew up in the middle of nowhere and they grew, fished, and hunted for all their own food. So now he grows an entire mini-farm from seed in the basement and then outdoors in raised beds. blessings, Cynthia

  
  about 7 years ago

Go AJ! Good for you! What a great challenge. Your sheer enthusiasm is tempting to tag along with and I'm telling myself firmly I have enough on my plate and that's my husbands department! I'll enjoy awaiting your articles however!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Heather. I'd love to have you join me on the voyage, even if it's only virtually!

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  about 7 years ago

Good article AJ, welcome to the world of vegetable growing. We are lucky to have great soil and local farmers with plentiful supplies of manure so great growing spot here.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks, Roger. I have dabbled in growing in the past, but never more than a few plants in containers. So, this is a huge change. I hope you will help me along the way as I know you are one of the experts out there!

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  about 7 years ago

"expert" is a term I would use loosely :-) My wife and I are learning by our mistakes but it is our 5th year now and, after a few hiccups, things are taking shape. PS. it is her allotment not mine.

  
  about 7 years ago
  

Roger, one of the excuses I've always used for not starting a garden is not knowing how. But everyone tells me they learn more from trial and error than by reading about it. So, after 4 or 5 season of what I call my salsa garden - container vegetables to make my homemade salsa - it's time to get serious. Anything I can learn from you and your wife is welcomed!

  
  about 7 years ago
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