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The First-Timer’s Guide to a Successful Garden Layout

July 26th, 2014



Starting your own vegetable garden is a great way to provide fresh food and health benefits for your family, and what a perk it is knowing it all came from your own backyard. It’s an economical, eco-friendly solution for putting healthy vegetables on your dinner table every day. So as a first-time gardener, your new vegetable garden will take some serious preparation and planning, but the end results will be a thriving garden you’ll enjoy for many years to come.


Start Small

As a first-time veggie gardener, we recommend that you start small and plant a garden you can easily manage. Limit the size to 8 feet x 10 feet or smaller just to start. You can always expand your garden later after you gain a little growing experience. When you begin gardening, your hands, knees and back can get a workout, so don’t overdo it with a large garden that you won’t be able to maintain. Raised garden beds can make introductions to edible gardening easier by providing enclosed garden areas with controlled soil and drainage. You can also create higher beds to prevent back problems if you find that this may become an issue. If you don’t really have the spacing to allow these types of garden beds, opting for unique planters for each vegetable or even Tower Garden planters can be a great alternative and in some cases, can add some personality to your backyard or patio.


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Select a Location

Choose a location that gets good sun throughout the day, and in cooler northern climates, opt for full sun if possible. Examine the soil to find out if it’s mostly clay, sand or a sandy loam, which is the best type of soil to have as a default before adding other soil nutrients. If your soil is predominantly clay or sand, you’ll need to add a good topsoil or compost for proper pH levels that provide nutrients like nitrogen, potash and potassium that your veggies will need in order to thrive. Add compost in the spring and in the fall for several seasons until your soil becomes richer.

Select Your Veggies

Start with easy to grow veggies that don’t take up much space such as zucchini squash, green beans, radishes, and if your space does in fact permit, various herbs and salad greens. Avoid corn that will overtake your garden quickly. Start tomatoes, peppers and herbs indoors from seed about six to eight weeks before planting time. Plant tender crops like squash, beans, tomatoes and watermelon after all frost danger has passed. When planting, follow the instructions on seed packets for proper spacing, planting depth and recommended soil type and be sure not to over water your plants and allow proper drainage.





If you’re not growing organically, a 15-15-15 or 20-20-20 fertilizer will provide good nutrients with equal parts nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium that’s needed for growth. Use a granular fertilizer several days before planting and work it into the topsoil. Use a water soluble fertilizer every two or three weeks after your plants emerge.


Pest Control

Watch for insects in your new garden. If you see evidence of crop damage, identify the insect causing damage as soon as possible and choose eco-friendly pest control. Proper spacing, weeding and fertilizing will help prevent disease and insect infestation without having to resort to harmful insecticides.




Folks, what are your tips in starting a successful garden?


About Humble Seed:

Humble Seed specializes in premium garden seed kits that are packaged and themed for convenience and ease. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality heirloom, non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic seed varieties to those who choose to start from seed. We’re also proud to say we have taken the Safe Seed Pledge!!

Does starting your first garden seem too overwhelming or you simply don’t have the space? The Tower Garden may be the answer for you!  Passionate about gardening and healthy living, or looking to expand your current health-based business? Consider becoming a Tower Garden distributor! Email info@humbleseed for more information or message us on Facebook.









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Guest Blog: Jerry’s Garden

January 20th, 2011

One of Humble Seed’s primary objectives is to inform, educate, and inspire positive change in the world. With today’s technology, it has never been easier to convey a message or an idea. Social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and internet blogs are becoming more influential by the day.  Here at Humble Seed, we feel very fortunate that this technology has enabled us to connect with and grow such a knowledgeable and diverse community.

Nothing highlights that more than the spectrum of  guest bloggers we have featured in the last few months. We have had Master Gardner ‘Gardening Jone’s‘ timely piece about food safety.  Dorren Pollack, Chairperson of the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, excellent article “Garden to Table in 60 Days“.  Nutritional coach, whole foods chef, speaker and author Adam Hart’s fun and informative video blog.  And Brendan Cook, Director of Sustainability for EcoAid, support for “Big Garden-Small Carbon“.

So today, we’re happy to introduce to you, Jerry Greenfield. He will be doing a once-a-month guest blog for Humble Seed. He will bring his passion, experience, and unique gardening perspective. Look for his blog post every third Thursday of the month. Now, here’s Jerry….

Hello Everybody!  It’s nice to “meet” you!  My name is Jerry Greenfield and I am the newest guest blogger for Humble Seed.  I can’t even remember at this point how Jim Mitchell (co-owner of Humble Seed) and I got to know each other, but somehow we became friends on Facebook and we’ve continued to grow our friendship over the past several months.

It seems that Jim and I share very similar views when it comes to gardening and living a green, sustainable lifestyle.  I like what he has to say, and he likes what I have to say, so I started thinking that his readers might like what I have to say too!

When I approached Jim about writing guest blogs for his site, he was more than happy to have me!  So here I am, writing my first guest blog for Humble Seed!  My bio should tell you a little about me, but I can elaborate a bit here.

I’m an old man—approaching my 57th year—and have been gardening for decades.  Okay, maybe I’m not that old, but I certainly feel it some days!  I’ve always gardened organically because I started gardening before it was even possible NOT to garden organically!  I think it’s crazy that gardening with nature and by natural means was good enough for our ancestors for thousands of years, but now most of us are in such a hurry to find new ways to garden that we’ve forgotten the fact that we couldn’t have gotten this far without the help nature has provided us.

I’m a strong believer that things are the way they are for a reason.  For example, if plants were meant to have chemicals inside of them that killed or repelled pests, then the plants would naturally have these chemicals—we wouldn’t have to genetically modify the seeds to produce these chemicals.  Another example, if plants were meant to grow faster than they do…ah…then they would, simple as that.  But plants are programmed to grow at a certain rate for a reason and messing around with their natural growth rate can be detrimental to the plant.

I think we’ve been messing around with nature for long enough and it’s time to go back to our roots.  It’s time that we start working with nature again and not against it.  It’s time that we embrace our humility and once again become humble to the seed and all of its natural wonder.

So, I hope you’ll all enjoy my guest blogs!  I plan to offer you advice, share opinions, and discuss current events pertaining to our environment, food industry, and governmental procedures concerning our health and rights to grow and consume natural and organic foods.  Above all, I will promote organic gardening as our means to survival.  Once again, thanks to Jim for allowing me to reach out to all of you, and I’ll catch-up with all of you soon!

Jerry Greenfield Expert

Connect with Jerry via his blog and Facebook page: Grow Like Crazy

About Jerry Greenfield

My number one focus is growing my own food. I don’t think that really counts as a hobby. For some people it is, but for me, growing my own fruits and vegetables and saving my own seed is the key to survival. The only person you can count on is yourself, if you ask me. The government is trying to “help” us all with GMOs and welfare, but it’s all a crock. I also like to build things and read Transcendentalist authors from the 1860s.

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