TIPS, HACKS & RESOURCES FOR BEGINNING (& EXPERIENCED) GARDENERS
A Liberty Garden ensures your family thrives, not just survives. Rather than going without, your family will have luxuriant, healthy food.
We want you to be as successful as possible as quickly as possible when you grow your own food. These tips and tricks offer ideas to help you get there smoothly. Many resources are included to help you start to travel the road to homegrown food.
When starting a garden as a beginner, start with the easy stuff first. You want to build on success. If gardening becomes hard or frustrating it will be easy to give in and quit. However, if you experience success early, you will see joy and fruitfulness (pun intended) in the process of growing food.
Then when you do experience the inevitable setbacks you can see them as challenges rather than excuses to quit. There will be failures, just like everything in life. These problems are best controlled by paying attention to the garden you are growing, and which factors led to the problem. That way you can deal with the root issues and eliminate root problems rather than chasing after treating symptoms.
Build confidence and skills by starting with the easy stuff.
These tips are meant to help you get started with as much success and as little failure as possible.
Details are provided in future episodes.
2. Start small, grow with skill, space, and time
3. Build on success (try beans, kitchen herbs & radishes)
4. Grow only what you will eat
5. Grow what grows well in your location
6. Choose the right plants & seeds for your garden (also see chapter 3.6)
7. Watering just right
8. Make friends with weeds
9. Grow culinary herbs, sprouts, & flowers (beauty, pest control & medicine)
10. Learn to cook (not a recipe) & develop your own spice palette (use what you grow!)
11. All about seeds (also see chapter 3.6)
12. Keep notes
13. Pest & Disease control (IPM, Integrated Pest Management)
14. Urban & Small Space Solutions
15. Think about energy foods, strength foods, nutritional foods & medicine
16. Buy plants or Start seeds? It depends
17. Companion Planting (Interplanting)
18. Succession planting
19. Extending growing season
20. Learn to cook, store food & save seeds
21. Partner with Animals (Chickens, Pigs, Worms, Black Soldier Flies, Bokashi)
22. Recycle all organic wastes onsite write
23. Planning a garden
24. Collaborate with others, especially in your local area (economies of scale)
25. Practice a Gifting Economy (social capital is the most important resource)
1. Master Gardener Helpline & Land-grand Universities (for USA, Canada, Cayman Islands)
2. USDA plant hardiness zones & Almanacs
3. Ruth Stout Method, Straw Bale Gardening
4. Square Foot Gardening
5. Kratky Hydroponics
6. IPM resources
7. Seed resources