Gardening For Beginners

Just getting started in gardening?  RVG has you covered!  Explore a wide variety of beginner gardening topics ranging from landscaping ideas, beginner vegetable gardening tips, flower gardening info. and much more!  


As many gardeners know, part of building a successful garden is making sure your ground is well prepared for planting. Tilling, or the process of making sure your soil is broken up, fluffed up, and well mixed, plays an important role in accomplishing this task. If you’re not familiar with the process or want to add some new tips to your repertoire, you’ll enjoy digging in to the following information.

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Choosing Your Tiller
There are two common tillers that many home gardeners use.

Ever heard of the "Dirty Dozen"? They're the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits and veggies you can buy. Experts recommend that you buy these 12 organic, even if you can't buy all your produce organic. We here are RVG are not rabidly political, but most folks agree that eating food that's been sprayed with bug-killer is not the greatest for your health. If it can be avoided, it should be.

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So we wanted to let you know that we're putting together a 12-part series on how to grow the infamous members of the Dirty Dozen yourself. There are a few reasons why we decided to do this:

1. It gives you back control. Big Food has its place, but you deserve to know what, exactly, you're eating. And if you choose to not ingest pesticides, you shouldn't have to pay $5 for organic celery.

Growing vegetables can be a really fun way to go about starting a garden, especially if you have kids that want to participate. Once you’ve prepared a sunny spot for planting by defoliating, tilling, and amending the soil as necessary, take some time to decide what you want to grow and then plan your whole garden layout before actually buying or planting.

Besides thinking about what you like to eat, look through lists of vegetables and make space in your garden for something new. You may find a completely new taste experience or an interesting variation on what you normally eat, and have the satisfaction of growing it yourself. This is one of the most fun parts of starting a new garden.

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If you read last week's article about why terrarium gardening is a hobby you should take up, you're probably back for some tips on how to do it, what to use and what to plant. So let's get to it! As we said last week, a terrarium is essentially a miniature greenhouse that you keep inside (that's important!). There are main types of terrariums: open and closed. We'll be talking only about closed terrariums right now.

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Getting Started
Since the idea of a terrarium is to create a cozy, moist greenhouse environment, almost any container that traps moisture will work. An old pickle jar with a lid can be a terrarium, it just won't be very pretty. If you want your terrarium to be lovely to look at, try using one of these items as your "case."

You’re ready to garden – you’ve got your dreams, your tools, and your plants. You suddenly realize you neglected one important aspect of gardening: where to actually plant your plants! If you have a nice spot of lawn that would work as a garden, keep reading as we explain how to make that garden bed happen.
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If you need some help planning a garden and placing it, a little more reading might be in order.