If you are looking for information on vegetable gardening for beginners then at least you are doing something right. You at least recognise that as a beginner gardener you are going to need some information before you chuck a few seeds out into your backyard and expect to wake up and find a healthy delicious beanstalk the next morning. So well done you have made a great start.
As our ancestors have grown their own food for thousands of years without the aid of the Internet or you tube or social network sites, I knew without doubt that it would be very easy. So off to the garden centre to buy the seeds for the vegetables I wanted to plant was I. I spent money on seeds, tools, soil and I also invested in some cool looking gardening clothing, because after all it’s important to look like an expert outdoors person when ploughing up your small back yard. Wrong again.
I spent several weekends planting, while my husband and children looked on sceptically. Even as my shoots started appearing I kind of knew that something was wrong, they really didn’t look very good or healthy. When the time came to harvest the fruits of my labor, well there really wasn’t a harvest at all. I simply had to go around and pull up all my failed attempts, and bin them ready to start again for next season.
So what did I learn? Well the first thing I gained from my experience was the fact that although our ancestors did indeed grow their own food for millennia, that does not mean it is easy for someone who has never done it before. The reason my forbears were good at is was because that was all they had, that was the only way they knew how to get food, and if they were not good at it then they starved. Everyone did it in those days so everyone knew how. It was first and second nature to them.