What advice do I have for beginning gardeners who want to grow a lot of food on a little land without spending much or working harder than they have to? This is the question I’m hoping to answer with my beginning gardening series.
Today, in part 3 of the series, I’ll share 7 tips to help you choose what crops to grow when starting your first garden.
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0:34 start with a small number of crops
1:05 grow crops you enjoy and know how to prepare
1:30 grow crops that are expensive at the store
2:10 choose crops that grow well where you live
3:22 consider the growing conditions in your garden
4:05 grow at least one cold hardy crop
4:52 grow at least one edible perennial
Old Farmer’s Almanac article with links to agricultural extensions: http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:
OYR is all about growing a lot of food on a little land using sustainable organic methods, while keeping costs and labor at a minimum. Emphasis is placed on improving soil quality with compost and mulch. No store-bought fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides, compost activators, etc. are used.