How to Plant a Garden and Grow Your Own Food


Growing your own food is a great big step toward a more self-reliant lifestyle. There’s nothing better than walking out to the garden for a snack or dinner ingredients. Gardening can also drastically reduce your grocery bill. Wondering how to plant a garden in your little corner of the world? Here’s what you need to know.

It’s not hard to grow a garden, but — especially for those who’ve never done it before — it can seem like a lot to learn. Yes and no. At its most basic, growing food is simply a matter of sticking a seed in good soil, watering it, and watching it grow. There are a multitude of nuances, though. Many of those will depend upon your location and individual situation.

Here you’ll find a collection of articles that will help you learn more about growing your own food. It’s not a comprehensive list, and I’ll continue adding to it as time passes, but it’s a good starting place.

Building good soil

Vegetable plants need nutrients, and those come from the soil or the regular addition of fertilizer. While some growers use commercial fertilizer, that increases costs and is not always natural. Homemade compost is my preferred way to fertilize.

Taking advantage of the little sun we get by using part of our driveway.

How to plant a garden

Of course there’s no single correct way to plant a garden, so you’ll want to explore the options.

How does your garden grow?

The options for growing food are varied. What you choose to grow will likely differ from what your neighbor grows, but a garden full of food is a winning situation no matter what you plant.

Garden crops to consider

What vegetables do you find yourself buying a lot of? That’s a great place to start!

How to plant a garden and grow your own food. Save money, ensure food security, and get a good workout. Plus, it's fun!

Small space gardening

We don’t all have a large yard (or acreage!) in which to grow food. Making the most of the space we DO have is critical.

Trendy microgreens are a simple solution to getting more vegetables on your plate this winter. They can run $30-50 a pound at the store; here's how to grow them at home for PENNIES. It's like having a tiny little vegetable garden inside.

Indoor gardening

If you’re limited on space or facing winter, consider growing some of your own food indoors.

Vertical gardening for small space gardens

Growing UP means you’ll need less surface space to produce a harvest.

Growing fruit

Expand your options and try growing some of your own fruit in the backyard.

5 ways to naturally remove slugs from your garden

Natural pest control

Pests can be a problem, but try to avoid resorting to harsh poisons. You don’t want that on your food.

Perennial fruits and vegetables: Plant once, enjoy them for years!

Harvesting your crops and saving seeds

Saving seeds from year to year and extending your harvests will save money in the long run.

Maintaining your garden with less work

Gardening hacks, information, and ideas for making the most of your gardening efforts.