Ask The Swag Gal – June 8, 2011

Today’s question comes from a Swaggernaut interested in starting her first garden.

I decided to plant my own garden this summer. I was wondering what are the best vegetables/fruits and flowers to plant for beginners like me and what is the best soil to buy for each?

Well, I have to admit I am not much of a gardener myself, so I had to resort to some research for this question.  I found some great information on that I think will be useful to any beginner gardener.

You will want to start with plants that are known as easy to grow and care for and that can withstand common beginner mistakes.

Tomatoes – Tomato plants are widely considered to be the easiest to grow and care for out of all vegetables.  All you need to grow those red, juicy tomatoes is a garden that takes in a lot of sunlight.

Bulb-Growing Flowers – These are nice and easy, because the bulb itself has at least a portion of all of the nutrients that the plant needs to grow.  All you’ll need is a pot, some dirt, and water.

Daisies – Daisies are great, because once they bloom they keep their luster for an extended period of time.  Just make sure they are exposed to full sunlight.

Strawberries – Strawberries are the perfect thing to grow just in time for Summer!  All you’ll need to grow these delicious strawberries is full sunlight and light maintenance to keep the area free from weeds and debris.

Basil – Basil’s a great thing to plant, because it has so many uses.  A key ingredient in a lot of dishes, you can simply grow basil from seeds and even more successfully from an established plant.

Day Lilies – Just as the other plants, day lilies will need a lot of full sunlight.  Although each lily will last for just a day, the plant will always have more blooming.  The more sunlight the plant is exposed to, the more day lilies it will flower.

As far as the soil goes, nutrient rich soil is a must!  Keep in mind, soil is not just dirt.  According to, “soil is a live matter that needs to be fed in order for it to feed your plants…Add some fertilizer to the soil to feed the soil microbes. This controls the flow of nitrogen, sulfur and other nutrients that are essential for plant growth.”

I wish you the best of luck with your very first garden!

And now I’ll open it up to any garden connoisseurs out there.  What do you think is the best plant to grow as a beginner gardener?


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