Gardening doesn’t come naturally to me. When someone asks me a question about my garden, it makes me laugh, because I feel like a pretend gardener. With trial and error, I’ve had some successes but mostly because I’ve learned what doesn’t work first. I only like to plant hearty herbs and vegetables that are practically fool-proof to keep my confidence level high when it comes to gardening. Sometimes my garden looks like I’m more of a gardener than I actually am! My garden is also small and I’ve improvised with my growing spaces by adding raised vegetable beds in unused (and ugly!) areas and by stealing some grassy area in our small backyard.
The non-gardeners gardening strategy
My gardening style is to find plants that are hard to kill and will grow with very little attention. Mix those components with regular watering and that’s my garden. Also, I always ask my neighbors what’s working for them and listen to their tips. When something works for a neighbor, I figure it will work for me, too. When deciding what to grow, the best starting point is thinking about what you buy most at the grocery store, then work backwards, starting with what is easiest.
We eat lots of Swiss chard and spinach so that’s what I try and grow. It’s hearty and the chard usually winters over. I pulled this Swiss chard plant out at the end of fall and it started to grow even after I tossed it aside. That’s my kind of plant!
Beans and peas are easy to grow and delicious. The pole beans I planted last year needed harvesting with a ladder. This is in a very small space between our house and our neighbor’s house. The beans really liked growing up. By the way, my husband doesn’t always wear shirts that match our vegetables!
Tomatoes can be fussy, but who doesn’t love home grown tomatoes? The easiest tomatoes for me to grow are cherry tomatoes and in particular the “Sungold” variety. They always taste great and go directly from plant to mouth easily!
Rhubarb is another hearty plant for your garden. This one is from my neighbor but it used to be mine. I divided mine several years ago, gave some to my neighbor and moved mine to a new spot in the garden. My rhubarb plant didn’t like the new spot and it shriveled up and died! I was under the impression that rhubarb never dies! Well, my neighbor gave the plant back to me as it wasn’t a hit at her house so now I’m back to having a rhubarb plant.
In our small garden corn was more work (and took up more room) than it was worth. I don’t think I’ll grow it this year although I have plenty of seeds. It took all season to get 4 ears of corn!
Pretend to be a gardener along with me.
What are your gardening tips?
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Here three easy herbs to grow and more importantly easy to keep alive!
How to stake tomatoes
Preparing for tomato season
Raised garden beds these are easier to build than you think!
Growing vegetables in small spaces