Matt and I have been trying our hand at gardening, and it's been a really fun adventure! This is the second year we've had a plot in our city's community garden and so far it's going great! Last year we got a late start so we just used starter plants, but this year we were a little more ahead of the game and started a bunch of our plants from seed and it actually worked! We started bell peppers, jalapeño and tomato from seed and they're all doing great! We really know nothing about gardening at all, but thanks to Google (and my super wise parents) we've managed to grow real food. It's amazing! I highly recommend trying it.
And in addition to Google and constantly calling my mom, I recently checked out this book by Karen Newcomb, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden. This isn't a new guide by any means -- it was published before "container gardening" was cool -- but it's been continually updated, and I felt like it was recently written, it seemed so current and hip. We'd already planted our garden for the year by the time I picked up a copy, but I'm so glad to have it on hand for next year, especially since we're hoping to plant more crops at our own house, mostly in containers. This is a super down-to-earth guide if you just want to wet your feet with gardening, and offers tons of practical tips to make the whole process way less overwhelming. I especially loved that it has tons of different potential garden layouts depending on the size of your space, with specific illustrations of what to plant where. The layout was super easy to follow, with the same categories listed for each different crop or herb, such as how to plant, when to harvest, how to "stretch" the crop to get more yield, typical problems and how to combat them, etc. It's truly a one-stop reference manual and so handy to have around as you have questions about your garden (which we do, often!)
If you're looking for an easy-to-follow, back-to-basics manual, whether you've been gardening forever or just want to get started, I'd highly recommend this book! It's proof that you don't need a huge space to successfully grow your own food, and offers step-by-step instructions for how to do so. I'm excited to have this on the shelf for years to come as we continue to expand our gardening!
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.