Tips for growing a victory garden

Coronavirus victory garden

Tips for growing a victory garden

While 1 in 4 Americans are now under shelter-in-place orders because of the coronavirus, rookie gardeners may be looking for tips for growing a victory garden.  These are turbulent times and gardening could be a healthy distraction from the news. If you have ever wanted to grow your own food, but never had the time, now is the perfect opportunity to get started. Gardening can be a productive hobby for anyone looking for a respite from the stress of modern life. Growing your own food is enjoyable and rewarding. However, countless hours tending and weeding a garden can quickly become a source of stress. If you are a novice gardener and don’t have a lot of experience, these tips will help you grow a low-maintenance “victory” garden.

Start Small

Excited at the idea of putting fresh, healthy, and delicious food on your table? It may be tempting to “think big” by planting a large garden but experienced gardeners warn this might lead to frustration and the urge to give up. Beginners should instead start small and expand their garden as they go. A raised bed garden, for instance, is a quick and easy way to get a garden started. This no-till method means there is no need to dig up your backyard. Better Homes and Gardens shares this no-fail-three-season plan for a raised bed vegetable garden that you can harvest from early spring into fall. It’s best to keep it simple and select only five vegetables to grow. You will get a sense of how much time gardening takes and how much produce you can eat. Need more low maintenance garden ideas? Grow a salsa garden or start with an herb garden, the ultimate low-maintenance crop.

Take it Easy

Save time, money and frustration, by researching which vegetables grow best in your area. For example, Texas A&M AgriLife, the state’s leading agriculture agency, provides region-specific recommendations for achieving a successful harvest. Like many states, North Texas vegetable gardeners have two main growing seasons: spring and fall. The most successful Warm-Season crops to grow in this region include beans, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, peppers, and eggplant. Cool-Season crops include potatoes, garlic, onions, beets carrots, most greens, and peas.

So, first and foremost determine the best crops for your location. Next, choose easy vegetables that don’t need a lot of attention other than watering and harvesting. Experienced gardeners say some of the easiest vegetables to grow are beans, cucumber, garlic, leafy greens, green onion, squash, or tomatoes. Whatever vegetable you choose, make sure you like to eat it. It may take some digging to find the best crops for your area but better to be thrilled by what you produce than be frustrated by wasted time and money. Google has made researching any topic easy so invest a bit time before diving into a vegetable garden. You will thank yourself later.

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