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Friday, March 30th, 2012

What We’re Clickin’ This Week: Getting Started in the Garden


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It’s going to be the perfect weekend to get started on your gardens so I thought I’d find some good posts to share with you around the web. Whether you were born with a green thumb or you’ve never even tried to keep a houseplant alive, gardening is easy – don’t be intimidated.

Why not begin simply, with some plants you can eat? Whether it’s a simple basil plant in a pot or a full-blown vegetable garden, an edible garden can always save you a few bucks. In one apartment I lived in we had no yard but we grew basil and lavender in our windowbox and would simply open the window and pick some when we needed some flavor.

Here are some places to visit that will help get you started.

1. It begins with a seed: Serenity in the Garden led me to this list of the 30 best-rated seed companies out there.

photo by moi, Becky Harris, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

2. Start small; perhaps with just a small container garden. Learn more about how to plant a container garden over at You can use edibles or non-edibles, or combine the two.

3. Feeling more industrious? Build a raised bed for your veggies. Learn how over at

photo by Norm Plate for Sunset

4. Find 15 easy-to-grow vegetables compliments of The Crisper Whisperer, which is the best blog columnist name I’ve heard in a very long time. The Crisper Whisperer also has some very detailed advice about growing a vegetable garden.

5. Check out some edible gardens that don’t look like you’d expect at all. Like mixed in with a bunch of flowering perennials in the front yard. I swear, it starts out with one herb in a pot and eventually turns into this:

photo by Becky Harris, in Provincetown, MA

I hope everyone has a great weekend full of gorgeous weather and getting dirt under your nails! Leave me a comment and share where you live what you’re doing in the garden right now. Right now I’m in Atlanta, where spring sprung way early this year, deep into cleaning pollen off my porch, a Sisyphean task.

About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!


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  1. Barchbo says:

    March 30th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (#)

    Sigh. In Austin we are all about the pollen-sweeping, too. Weed trimming is in our immediate future plus cutting away some scrubby brush.

  2. ContainerLiving says:

    April 5th, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#)

    The raised beds are my favourite and something I am trying to use here. The big problem is the soil was previously part of a cornfield which has taken all the life out of it. Going the raised bed method means less bending and adding good soil and nutrients on top rather than trying to re-inject life into the mud and dust.

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