10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a New Vegetable Garden

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting a New Vegetable Garden

Growing a garden is equal parts challenging, rewarding, mystifying and uplifting. There’s a lot to learn, but we’re here to help.

Don’t make the same mistakes we did!

In this short video we’ll share our top 10 tips to help you grow a successful garden.

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  1. Exeter Beekeeper on July 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    It is good to have a voice over that I can hear clearly. This channel is one of the best

  2. Paul Caradec on July 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I want that to be an app

  3. Jill Dench on July 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Only grow what YOU like to eat.

  4. Tia Jolie Phillips on July 9, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Within two weeks, I will own a home on 20 acres near Orlando Florida. I believe it to be a zone 9B for planting. I have heard many things about gardening software. I think such programs could be very useful to me as I planned how to use my land. I have about 12 usable acres on which I would like to plant tropical fruits, deciduous trees, palm trees, nut trees, as well as several layers of canopy. I’m also very interested in making use of perennials and native Floridian plants to encourage butterflies, beers and helpful insects. Do any of you have suggestions as to which software I should consider for such a large project?

  5. Good Gardening Videos on July 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm
  6. Mayah Queen on July 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    New subscriber here….

  7. Ben Ross on July 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    London based?

  8. Mimi A on July 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Hello, enjoying all your videos and find them helpful. Thank you 🌻

  9. Dan nie on July 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Damn, I love gardening

  10. lotusflo12 on July 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    New gardener and Sunnis here. Any tips on keeping my zucchini alive. They white fungus kills them every time. I tried neem oil but doesn’t work. I do get flowering and multiple baby zucchini but the fungus gets them every time. I water only from the roots and give them plenty space to spread. Thanks: zucchini lover

  11. Ellie MM on July 9, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    My goodness, when I grew vegetables on Long Island, all I did was dig up the soil, put the young plants, watered once a week, and boom….fresh tomatoes, peppers in about 90 days or less. So many that you had to share with your neighbors.
    No compost or fertilizer needed.

    Soil is so good there, you could plant a rock and it would grow.
    Too bad most of the farmland and fields are being built up with huge houses and condos. They don’t know what a resource they have.

  12. LEGEND305 on July 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Clicked because I thought this was Alton brown 😩😩😂

  13. DimensionZombie on July 9, 2019 at 2:03 pm


  14. Tracey Clark on July 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    great video so much good info.

  15. id77 on July 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    My tip is have fun, get children to help you so you make this a great learning experience and plant companion plants to help the plants you want to eat when you grow them! Thanks for the advice love your channel:)

  16. Anna Lieff-Saxby on July 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    A tip for new allotment holders: be prepared for more work than you ever believed possible!

  17. J K on July 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I love this guy.

  18. Jeanette Silvis on July 9, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I really cannot say enough good things about your garden planner. I LOVE IT! Makes life so much easier!

  19. lissette223 on July 9, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Hi! What’s the name of the garden planning program you use? Do you prefer it to others?

  20. Marielle Linthorst on July 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    My tip: square foot gardening. Less work and easy on your back.

  21. Akbar, Allard Freichmann on July 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Use coffee, tea leaves, egg shells, vegetables and fruits left over to manure your garden. Its all for free.

  22. A privet hedge and rickety fence Gardening channel on July 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    What’s that big shrub thing at the back calls?

  23. Anthony N on July 9, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that when Brits sing, there accent goes away. Any accent for that matter.

  24. Aeh Rakhab on July 9, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I love your voice…. warm my heart ❤️

  25. S. A. L Production Resources Limited on July 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    What is the app you are “advertising” it looks good!

  26. John Doe on July 9, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Some advice I can offer is don’t bother trying to improve clay soil, just make a raised bed. It REALLY isn’t worth the effort digging it over and incorporating organic matter, your plants will thank you for it.

  27. COMICBOOKJEDI1 on July 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Learn the value of compost tea and how to make it . Your garden will thank you .

  28. D Laity on July 9, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Any idea on judging a planting window for Ireland? Our only "guaranteed frost free" month is August.

  29. Gung Foo Mon on July 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm


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  31. Jan T on July 9, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have inherited a new vegetable plot inundated with bindweed. I tried removing it with a fork but it’s growing back. Any ideas to get rid of it please ?

  32. Denise Brady on July 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Great advice for a newbie Thanks Cheers Denise – Brisbane Australia

  33. Stella O on July 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I never water. Plants can be spoiled into waiting for watering or just be left alone and they will not become lazy but find the water they need themselves by growing deeper roots and utilising the morning dew for instance.

  34. Happiness is a Choice on July 9, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    New in gardening. I want a vegetable garden. Do they die where you have to replant them or can last all year with proper care?

  35. Z. Weertje on July 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Don`t rent a to big garden.
    Several years ago I did that and it gave stress in my young family because I was always gardening.
    Start small and keep it as close to you`re house as possible.
    Now I have my little greenhouse and garden of my own right next to my house and it gives pleasure and food to all of us.

  36. Valérie Toupin-Dubé on July 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    what is your landscape softaware?

  37. Anthony Jan on July 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Some good tips here..maybe a mention of trellising for certain plants to avoid disease and increase yield would of been good, otherwise I enjoyed it. Looking forward to trying new things this season here in Connecticut.

  38. Chris on July 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    manures have verry little nitrogen, unless you’re getting stable sweepings with lots of urine. anyway, fresh manures contain fairly high levels of salts, which produces the "burn" if placed in close contact to roots. almost nobody has access to fresh manures anyway.
    you’re a compulsive soil turner, like i used to be, which does more harm than good.

  39. Adnan Ahmed on July 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Hoeing is easy. Ain’t that the truth

  40. A B on July 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Grow what you eat the most. Onions, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, leaf lettuce, spinach, kale are all easy to grow…….and have fun

  41. JoRiver11 on July 9, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    My suggestion is don’t plant 17 tomato plants for two people! Haha! We were processing tomatoes every two days.

  42. lully381 on July 9, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I have been gardening for about 40 years now, I am not a great gardener but I persevere and if I have several unsuccessful attempts at something I simply realise it is probably never going to grow in my garden and I move on to something else. Geoff Hamilton was my first inspiration as he was always saying that even he made mistakes and you never stop learning as you said also in this video. I love trying new things and new plants and growing faves like runner beans each year. I have a fairly new garden now having moved to Somerset 4 years ago, I now have a raised bed garden so it is all new again and a slightly different way of gardening so once again I am back to square one which is rather very exciting. Starting off small as Breanna below advised is good advice I didn’t have too much time last year to get much planting done and this year I am reaping the benefits of that as there is no over crowding (my usual mistake) and things have had room to grow and all come back this year. I now know what space I have to further my planting. I am pleased have found this channel and shall be tuning in on a regular basis for tips and advice. Thank you GrowVeg

  43. Akbar, Allard Freichmann on July 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Don’t remove the weed. It keeps the soil covered. Before planting use full plants turn the weed up side down in the whole. So it will function as manure for the use full plant. Don’t plow the whole field at once only dig a whole when needed. So the soil is protected by the weeds against drying out. Less work more profit. Work smart not hard.

  44. arif ali on July 9, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Great info thx

  45. Honey Bunny on July 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    For the manure tip , rabbit manure actually doesnt need that long to sit put and can actually be used right from the source . Since it’s already quite dry it wont burn the plant . It’s one of the reasons why rabbit manure is sought after by gardeners. It also have an amazing composition of just the right amount of nitrogen plus phosphorous and potassium , even trace amounts of zinc , copper and other nutrients plants love and need to grow well.

  46. Vi Tran on July 9, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    hi, what is the programme you use to estimate your plant and harvest?

  47. FutureDreamsToReality on July 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    What is the name of the app you mentioned? I’d love to be able to track my progress

  48. Steve Inczedi on July 9, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    You remind me of Graeme Garden from the goodies…. no offence, great advice btw.

  49. Alex Sanchez Comino on July 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    what is that planting website called ?

  50. Surf Earth on July 9, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    What’s your journal called.

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