Growing some of your own herbs and produce is a great way to save some extra money. Beginning to garden can be overwhelming because there are just so many possibilities. Based on my own personal experience and research in beginner gardening, here are my top five recommendations for beginner gardening. These are simple things that anyone can grow if they have a small space and sunshine. You can try all five or just pick a few to start you out.
5. Strawberries – These are hearty little plants that can easily be grown in a big pot or 5 gallon bucket. Make sure and pick off all of the initial blooms, and cut off any runners as soon as they start going and you should have a good little harvest of strawberries. They like lots of sun and about an inch of water per week. If you have them in a pot you will want to water them more frequently.
4. Cilantro – This is a stubborn herb that will grow and grow if you just keep it watered. Put some seeds in a pot and keep it in your windowsill for fresh cilantro any time you want it.
3. Peas - Have some sort of trellis for this to grow up, keep them watered, in plenty of sun and they will treat you right.
2. Green Beans & Other Beans – These will also need a trellis to climb up. Like peas they like plenty of sun, and watering every day.
1. Tomatoes – Even if you don’t want to have a garden, every person should have at least one tomato plant. Whether you do the Big Boys or Cherry Tomatoes, these are such easy plants to grow. You can grow them in a pot or in the ground. Just keep them watered and in LOTS of sun, and it should produce well. They like to be planted deep, and you will need either a tomato cage or a stake to tie the plant to so it doesn’t fall over (some people do both). Cut off any leaves or stems that start looking brown so your plant doesn’t become diseased.
These are just my suggestions. If you have some ideas, let us know in the comment section. If you’ve never gardened before, give it a try. Remember that through tomorrow (4/24/10) Lowe’s has Bonnie Plants and Seeds on sale Buy One Get One Free.