Are you at home more and wanting to go to the grocery store less? This might be a good year to grow some of your own food at home.
When I started this blog I was the School Gardens Coordinator in the most densely populated city in New England: Somerville, MA. I’m now living (and still happily gardening), in rural Vermont. Over the years I’ve posted many articles about how to start your own garden, whether it’s in raised beds, pots on a porch, or a large plot tilled in a field. I’ve gathered the posts below in the hopes that they might help you get started or answer some of your questions.
*Please excuse funky formatting of older posts. I recently changed the format of the blog to make it more mobile friendly.
Gardening with kids: If you have kids at home, this article has a lot of really helpful tips. When I wrote it I was coordinating the weekly programming and maintaining the vegetable gardens at 8 Somerville public schools. Gardening is an incredibly rich sensory activity that allows for movement and engaged outdoor time. Watching seeds grow into plants and produce food is magical. I strongly encourage you to try it with your family!
Making a Raised Bed Back-Yard Garden: I wrote this series of posts when Evan and I built raised beds in the backyard in Brookline. Raised beds can be a good idea if you want clear boundaries between play/yard space and garden space. This can help family members understand where they can walk and where they can’t, can help lawn mowers avoid veggie plants, and can keep lawn grass from creeping back into your garden. The “Planning” post has the most information on how to get started in your backyard space.
– Bakyard Gardening: The Idea
– Backyard Gardening: Planning
– Backyard Gardening: The Shopping List
– Backyard Gardening: Construction Day
– Backyard Gardening: First Harvest
– Backyard Gardening: Putting The Garden To Bed
Seeds vs. Seedlings: Sometimes it’s best to buy vegetable seedlings from a nursery. Sometimes it’s better to buy a packet of seeds to start yourself. Check out this post to decide whether to buy seeds or seedlings.
Consider planning a Container Garden: If you live in an urban setting with questionable soil, rent or are planning to move, or have a nice sunny porch, you may want to consider a container garden! Containers are a great way to try out vegetable growing on a small scale, and can help you determine if you’d like to do more the next season. If you start gathering materials now, it can also be a very affordable option! This post lists all the things you should consider to grow a successful container garden.
Seasonality Tips: In April it’s still quite cold and only certain seeds should be planted. Check out this post to know what to plant when.
Let me know if you have any vegetable gardening questions! Questions from friends, family, and neighbors inspired every one of these posts. Happy Gardening!