Episode 68: Starting Small | Jackie Beyer’s New Gardener Success Tips

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Episode 68: Starting Small | Jackie Beyer’s New Gardener Success Tips

 

Here’s some tips I’ve learned over the years that I would like to offer to someone starting a garden from scratch.

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If i started a garden from scratch this is what I would do.

 

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Build some raised beds in a sunny spot outside my kitchen.
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I would make my raised beds just high enough to sit on the edge comfortably. My favorites are made out of 8″x6″ beams i think.
Compost Bin
I would build a compost bin as well right outside my kitchen door.
I would then fill the beds with the best dirt i could get my hands on.
Compost if i had it – made of grass clippings, lots of coffee grounds, eggshells, leftover fruit and produce, etc
Maybe some manure from chickens or sheep etc
Possibly some straw or leaves.
I would build a trellis for the peas to climb
The seeds i would plant in the early spring would include
Black seeded simpson lettuce
Lots of spinach to freeze
Maybe some arugula or spring mix
Possibly some radishes
Beets
Carrots
Sugar snap peas**
I would buy some brocolli and tomato plants probably 1-2 cherries and a larger slicing tomato
I might plant a zucchini or a squash as much for the flowers as for the veggies
I like to cut my zukes when they r tiny and slice them on just about everything pasta, sandwiches, salads, but esp grilled cheese
I would plant lots of herbs- chives (mostly for looks) oregano, tarragon, rosemary, cilantro, mint, thyme
Echinacea
Possibly lots of basil but mostly basil for my window bc it freezes so easy
I would plant marigolds n nasturtiums
Cosmos?
Butterfly flower
Calendula
Zinnias
Snapdragons
Sunflowers
I would try to find someone with some raspberry starts i can transplant and build a 8×4 bed for them
If i could i would also try to find some strawberries to transplant.
I myself would stay away from pots
Pots dry out super fast so not only do they require a lot of attention they use more water I think
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