Getting started with a new vegetable garden is a bit intimidating. There are vegetable garden planners and other tools that you can use to help you get started. But before I talk about those, I want to bring up a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, whatever size you think you want your garden to be, divide that in half. More often than not, new gardeners underestimate the amount of work that goes in to an edible garden. Second, be realistic about your goals. If this is your first attempt, you probably won't be able to provide for your family's veggie needs strictly from what you grow. Third, HAVE FUN! If you end up doing this and don't enjoy it, you'll be miserable. And nobody wants that.
Alright, on with the resources...now, I've written some basic posts that might be of help. See below for places to start planning:
- Vegetable Garden Plans on Gardener to Farmer (it's a two part post, scroll down to see the first post...also, you can easily do your planning in spring or fall)
- What to Grow this post has tips on how to choose what types of veggies to grow
- Gardener's Supply has a free planning tool
- Better Homes and Garden also has free plans
- The Year Round Vegetable Garden by Niki Jabbour is one of the best all around books that I've read on how to expand your harvest
- Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant has several good plans and is available both hard copy and digitally
- Grocery Gardening how could I leave this one out?
- Clyde's Garden Planner is a super handy slide tool that helps you figure out what to plant when
- Beginner Seed Starting Kit a good option if you've never tried growing from seed
- The Cooks Garden has lots of great seed varieties.
- Reusable Plant Ties and Cutting Dispenser I love this thing...it's like a packing tape dispenser for plant ties. Plus, you look cool wearing it.
Alright, that's a few resources to get you started. If you have suggestions or recommendations, I'd love to hear your thoughts!