New Gardeners

Are you new to gardening?

You can still help!

Even if you do not have a lot of gardening experience, you can still help people in need! We can all help to lessen food insecurity in our own communities. Even small donations can make a big difference in someone’s life. Whether you are growing a few tomatoes in containers or are starting to grow veggies in raised beds, your contribution counts.

Getting Started

Consider growing a few extra plants for your local food pantry. If you have never gardened before, this is a great reason to give it a try! When starting out, remember that the basic essentials for a healthy garden are:

  • Healthy, fertile soil (when in doubt, add compost).
  • Regular watering (to keep soil moist but not soggy).
  • Plant the right plants (find out what grows well in your area for the time of year).

Most necessary information about a crop can be found on the back of its seed packet! It will tell you when to plant the crop you want to grow and will offer tips on how to plant them and how much light and water the crop needs.

Gardening Resources

Get in touch with your local Extension Master Gardeners to learn about gardening in your area. They often have free classes and events as well as demo gardens to help you learn how to grow produce for your climate. Click here to find your local extension office.

We have compiled a list of resources to help new gardeners get started. These are trusted informative websites that can help new gardeners get growing. Please click here to see our full resource list!

Click here to search for an Extension Master Gardener program near you.

Special note: Please read the new COVID-19 guidelines for donating produce

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