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Your First Kitchen Garden: A Getting Started Guide

by Pat Hune 01/16/2022


Planting a kitchen garden will teach you valuable gardening skills while helping you produce your own fresh foods. However, for beginners it might seem intimidating. If you're interested in planting your first kitchen garden, here are some tips to get you started.

Start Out Small

You may have seen many elaborate gardens trending online, but it's important that you start small when you are taking on your first garden. When you create a beginner garden that is easy to manage, you will find that you can learn as you go throughout the season. If you take on something that is too large or challenging, then your entire summer may be filled with frustration that deters you from wanting to start a garden again.

Grow What You Eat

There are 5-7 different plants to choose from when planning your garden. Since this garden will be limited to food items, it's important that you grow what you like to eat. Some examples of easy plants that are perfect for beginners are:

      • Tomatoes
    • Cucumbers
    • Bell Peppers
    • Zucchini
    • Carrots

    Find the Right Spot

    After you have decided which types of plants that you want to grow in your garden, you need to scout your yard or outdoor living space for the right spot. Some plants will work in containers, giving you the freedom to scatter them throughout your yard in the shade or sun, depending on what they prefer. Others require a garden bed or a raised garden. In that case, you will want to find a level area of your yard that gets plenty of sunlight and offers you easy access to a water source.

    Be Ready to Water Your Garden

    Once you have planted your vegetables, you will need to water your garden frequently in order to help the plants get established. You should water at least once per day during the first several weeks. Then, you will want to move toward giving your garden a longer watering every few days in order to promote root growth and development.

    Be Aware of Popular Pest Control Methods

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of pests that are going to be attracted to your garden. You should check your garden every day for pest such as caterpillars that may want to munch on the leaves. Remove those pests by hand and toss them into a bucket, so they do not head straight back into your garden. Depending on where you live and the type of garden you grow, you may need to add fencing in order to keep out deer and rabbits.

    Enjoy the Process!

    The most important thing to keep in mind during your first gardening season is that it is supposed to be fun! Keep a log of what you grow, take notes on what works and enjoy the fruits - or vegetables - of your labor.

    Your first kitchen garden will most certainly be a memorable one, regardless of how much it produces. If you find that you love the hours that you spend digging in the dirt and caring for your plants, then you will want to take good notes so that you can be prepared to make your second garden even better than the first.

About the Author

Pat Hune

Designated Broker

Pat specializes in new, resale, bank owned and short sale residential and multifamily real estate in the Phoenix area.  A licensed realtor since 2001 Pat started her own brokerage in 2007.  She has a bachelor degree in Business from University of Phoenix, Broker's License, ABR and MSSC in addition to extensive real estate training.  Her professional affiliations include the West and Southeast Valley Association of Realtors, Arizona Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. She has traveled extensively including  Australia, China, Ireland, Israel, the Philippines, Malaysia, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Prior to entering real estate Pat spent 20+ years in the electronics industry including 17 years at Intel.  Pat is originally from Ohio and moved to Phoenix in 1979. As a 30+ year Phoenix area resident Pat has extensive knowledge of many of the communities in the greater Phoenix area.  In her spare time Pat enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and herding cats.