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Beginner Gardener: How I'm Prepping for my Garden!

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Every year I am just over the moon to make plans for my garden, as I'm sure a ton of you are as well.


Last year was the first year my partner and I have ever had an actual, in the ground, garden. The years before that, I always had just container gardens and unfortunately, never grew more than garden beans. I know, I was not born with a green thumb.


But that has not stopped my determination to successfully grow my DREAM garden.

I kid you not, each year I read more and more articles, I obsess over the garden layout. I make a list of all the plants I expect to grow and follow up on their care routines. I draw how I envision said garden. It's an absolute obsession. & I'm quite okay with that.


This blog post is going to be about how I am planning my garden and what products I'm using or plan to use for said garden. Plus, I threw a little of my inspiration photos in there.



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CURRENT SETUP


At the time of this post, it is March 14th, 2021. PERFECT time to start seeds. I am currently in Southwest Michigan and today's weather was gorgeous. It inspired me to start some seeds so we will have "starters" for our garden! HUGE savings when you sow the seeds yourself.


Out of my experience, I've noticed that tomatoes and peppers (all kinds) grow better when I plant them in the ground as starters. Starters can be EXTREMELY expensive if you buy them from a nursery or department store. I like to grow my own starters, for obvious reasons of saving money and it's just flat out fun to watch little seedlings grow into mature plants! I currently have planted roma tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes & cherry tomatoes along with green peppers, mixed peppers & a hot peppers under my grow light in my spare bedroom. My set up is nothing fancy, and I think that's the fun part about gardening. Getting your hands dirty and utilizing anything and everything that could be a useful resource to your garden.

I bought my seeds from our local Lowe's. Where you get your seeds from are obviously very important depending on what type of garden you're going for. If you are going to be growing a completely organic garden, you will need to ensure that all of your seeds that you plant are organic, that you use organic soils and fertilizers along with making sure anything you use for the structure of your beds are organic materials and not harmful to the plants. Unfortunately, I am not going to be growing an all organic garden, as my seeds aren't all ORGANIC seeds. Meaning during the harvest that the seeds came from were more than likely exposed to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Now, I do NOT plan to expose MY plants to those harmful chemicals, but I know that the organic seeds can be really costly. One day, I'll be able to purchase all organic seeds and have a beautiful organic garden. LITERAL DREAMS.

Previously, we have always bought HUGE bags of soil and starting pots and planted our seeds individually in a bunch of little pots. Rotate them under our grow lights, etc. But this year, we bought these awesome little starter kits. We actually made it a homeschool project with the kids since they are home and virtually learning. I still plan to germinate more seeds so I'm not sure if we'll purchase more of these starters or if we will end up buying potting soil and starter pots. I'm just not sure yet! I'll keep you guys posted on what we end up doing later on this season.


This is the Burpee Seed Starting Kit - 10/10 recommend!

INSPIRATION & GARDEN PLANS


If you're not following my Pinterest already, you're missing out. Pinterest is literally my all time favorite app and I use it for not only project inspirations but all of my clothing inspirations too. I'm a frugal dreamer. Pinterest is a frugal & DIYers paradise. Click here to view my garden inspiration board on Pinterest!

As some may know, my fiancé and I just bought our first home and although we don't have tons and tons of acreage, we have a good space for a smallish garden. I'd say maybe medium sized. There is no existent garden space so we will have to create one from scratch. Which is JUST fine. It's the exciting part, we get to make it exactly how we want it.

But it is going to require a ton of hard work and we are going to be so busy this upcoming spring. I just cannot wait to share the progress with you all!


After viewing my garden inspiration photos, I can now tell you exactly what I plan to have in my garden this year.


ROWS / MOUNDS

I plan to make rows that are separated by a main aisle. Think the layout of church pews. How you have the aisle down the middle, instead of the pews, they will be mounds of ground soil mixed with an organic, well fertilized soil. I am going to aim for six rows on each side making twelve rows in all.


MULCHED PATHWAYS

In between these rows / mounds, I plan to use a local fresh mulch. I want to ensure that grass and weeds have a hard time popping up in our rows & mounds. There is nothing prettier than a weed free garden. Mulch also helps keep the moisture in the ground keeping the plants moist longer!


TRELLIS FOR VINEY VEGTEABLES

Okay, this idea is kind of extra but I LOVE it! I imagine feeling like a princess when walking under a trellis of fresh hanging vegetables or flowers. I am way too excited for this feature and I really hope they turn out. I want two trellises for my garden, one at the entrance and one and the very end of the row. I plan to hang cucumbers and possibly a flower of some sort along these two trellises. How beautiful that would be right? And the tip there is that it helps keep heavy fruits off the ground during production. Just be sure to keep an eye out on the more mature ones because they could fall to the ground and crack. There are tricks and tips on how to protect those mature fruits & veggies.


BIRD BATH / BEES BATH

Yep, I can't forget about the birds and the bees. After all, they're what make the plants go round right? A must have for my garden is a bird bath & feeding station along with a little bee bath. I saw inspiration on Pinterest, you can check out my garden Pinterest board here.


CUT FLOWER GARDEN

This will be my first time growing a cut flower garden and I could not be more excited to have endless amounts of flowers to create beautiful bouquets for my family and I to enjoy. I've always envisioned being able to just walk out back and clip some fresh flowers for a vase to decorate the dinner table for that evenings supper. Just absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to learn all of the wonderful tips and tricks about growing specific flowers. Not to mention, it'll give those bees something to do as well. #Savethebees!

I surely hope this blog post wasn't too overwhelming to some of you, I told you guys. I'm a dreamer!


*UPDATE 9/14/2021: I am so saddened to share that we experienced really bad flooding this year that ended up effecting our garden area tremendously. We will be doing things very, very different next season. I WILL have a beautiful garden next year, I'm manifesting it. <3*