Want to plant a garden, but think you have a brown thumb (I’m raising my hand)?

I’ve invited my friend Mary Jane to show you how easy it is to start your spring garden – and be successful at it! (want to get a great price on seeds? Click here to visit Seeds Now to get everything you need for spring!)
Take it away, Mary Jane!
Companion Planting Guide
Thinking about starting a garden this spring? Fortunately, it’s the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming growing season!
There are a few key steps you can take right now to give yourself the best chance when you start a garden. With just a little bit of thoughtful planning, you’ll be on track for an abundant harvest even if you’ve never grown a garden before.
How to Grow A Garden Even If You Don't Have A Green Thumb
Before you start to plan out your new garden, it’s important to get clear on your reasons for growing a garden, as well as considering the environmental factors in your area.
Then you’ll want to make sure you choose the right crops to support your goals and get a good start planting your garden outdoors.
(I’ve put together a free 14-page Garden Planner to help you through the steps in this post. You can download the planner here.)

Set Your Goals for Your Garden

The very first step in starting any garden is to set mindful goals.
It’s easy to want to grow absolutely everything you can think of in your first year gardening, but that can lead to an overwhelming amount of work (and a frustrated gardener)!
You’re much better off to thoughtfully consider what you’d really like to achieve with your garden. 
Perhaps you feel it’s very important to grow some fresh produce for your chickens? Maybe you’d like to grow enough tomatoes to make a years worth of salsa?
Or perhaps you’re hoping to enjoy fresh garden salads with your dinner every evening? (Go here for some great salad green seeds!)
Whatever your vision of a successful garden is, it’s incredibly important to clarify your goal before you start planning and planting.
Think about what success looks like for you. Everything you grow should directly support your goals. There should be a mindful reason for every plant in your garden.
How to grow a garden even if you don't have a green thumb

Get Some Support From Experienced Gardeners

When you have a general idea of your goals for the garden, it’s time to gather support systems that you can call on during the gardening season.

Having help from experienced gardeners while you start your garden is very valuable.



Maat van Uitert is a backyard chicken and sustainable living expert. She is also the author of Chickens: Naturally Raising A Sustainable Flock, which was a best seller in it’s Amazon category.  Maat has been featured on NBC, CBS, AOL Finance, Community Chickens, the Huffington Post, Chickens magazine, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside Magazine. She lives on her farm in Southeast Missouri with her husband, two children, and about a million chickens and ducks. You can follow Maat on Facebook here and Instagram here.

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