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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Best Free Resources for Starting a Garden

There is a great number of helpful articles on the web about vegetable gardening for beginners. I’ve compiled this list for you as an overview of the very best resources to help you grow a vegetable garden from scratch. I’ve started with online resources. They are all free. My next article will be on the best books about vegetable gardening for beginners.

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1. Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Farmer’s Almanac

Farmer family picking organic vegetables in garden

” The basics of planting and growing a vegetable garden.” This is my favorite resource for vegetable gardening for beginners. It helps you plan your vegetable garden and teaches you how to grow vegetables. You’ll learn how many plants you need to feed your family and they have a list of the best vegetables for beginners.

2. Vegetable Garden: A Beginner’s Guide – NC State


This is a great resource for beginners with information on site selection and the type of vegetable garden you should start with. It links out to further excellent guides, which is why this article is so useful. NC State offers further learning about raised gardens, cool-season annuals, warm-season annuals, and much more.

3. Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Steve Reiners

My favorite part of this resource is that it is a series of articles written by Steve Reiners, Professor of Horticulture. Steve works with commercial vegetable farmers in his full-time job, so he knows what he is talking about. Another great thing is that you’ll be able to ask him questions! His series aims to walk beginners through the process of vegetable gardening.

4. Guide on Planning Your First Vegetable Garden – Better Homes & Gardens


This is a thorough guide on planning your first vegetable garden. It helps you find the best location for your garden and guides you through a good vegetable garden layout. It has a great explanation on intensive cropping and successive harvests, and talks about the best vegetables to grow for beginners.


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