Starting a garden is like a building, it's all about the location. Viveka Neveln is the garden editor at BHG and a licensed horticulturist with extensive experience in gardening who gained more than 3 decades of practice and study. He has more than 20 years of experience writing and editing for both print and digital media. The small look will vary depending on your experience and interest.
It's too small, Burke says, and you may end up taking too much care of your garden because you don't have enough to do (you've been there), or even become disinterested because your plants aren't changing enough (done that). She recommends a minimum of 15 to 25 square feet. Even easier, Venelin Dimitrov, Burpee's chief horticulturist, tells SELF that beginners can start with a simple 20-inch diameter pot (which is just as deep) and a few cucumber or pumpkin seeds. Follow the instructions on the seed package.
If you want a super-fast return of your garden, the best thing to do is to focus on plants whose main reward is their leaves, such as lettuce and herbs. Burke compared it to a race if the fruits are a marathon, the leaves are 5K. Much more attainable, although certainly a bit of work. You'll also get a faster yield, as fruiting occurs later in a plant's life.
Before you start, it's a good idea to get to know your garden. Check the look: Are you facing south or north? Knowing where the sun reaches the ground will help you decide what to grow and where. It's also worth knowing what type of soil you have. Take a look at what's growing: camellias, magnolias and pieris will tell you that the soil is acidic, while the absence of these suggests a more alkaline soil.
Doing a soil test will help you know your soil and, therefore, what plants you can grow. In response to 10 TIPS FOR STARTING A JULY GARDEN (not verified).