Organic Gardening for Beginners

Organic Gardening for Beginners

I’ve been an organic gardener since I planted my very first seed. I hate the thought of spraying toxins on the plants that produce food for my family and the wildlife around us. So I was super excited to write and publish Organic Gardening for Beginners: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Growing Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs. It’s challenging to incorporate everything into a book that new gardeners need to know but I was able to pack in my decades of gardening experience. This book is chock full of information to get started on a new gardening adventure and to add new skills and crops for more experienced gardeners.

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I first started helping my dad in our suburban garden when I was 3 or 4 years old. Although I probably wasn’t much help then, I did gain a love for being outdoors and nurturing my own vegetable plants. Over the years, my family moved back to the farming community where my parents grew up and the size of our garden grew. We raised much of the food our family ate and canned, pickled, fermented, or froze the extras for winter.

Living a more self-reliant lifestyle is second nature to me and I want to share that knowledge with my readers. Grab your own copy on Amazon or from any major bookseller.

Here’s a handy link to the sales page on Amazon for my book, Organic Gardening for Beginners (This is an affiliate link. I earn a commission from qualified purchases.)

I had a lot of fun writing this book! I hope you have as much fun reading it and learning how to grow an organic garden!

The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Naturally Healthy Home Garden!

Pick your own ripe tomatoes and herbs for fresh pizzas and salads. Pluck tender green beans from the vine and garnish your plate with juicy strawberries and melons. Harvest your own nutritious, naturally raised produce at the height of perfection!

Learn how to lay out your garden efficiently, fertilize and treat pests naturally, and attract beneficial creatures to your yard. Get an overview of different gardening methods and locations to suit your needs.

Learn how to garden from the ground up:

  • Beginning―Find out which garden layout method works best for you.
  • Natural gardening methods―Amend your soil, treat pests and diseases without dangerous chemicals, and maintain your garden with natural methods.
  • Plant profiles―Read all of the basics necessary for growing some of the most popular garden vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

Raise your own healthy food with my tips and information gained over years of gardening!

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166 Comments on “Organic Gardening for Beginners

  1. So I’m building a garden this year. I love the organic & permaculture ways; we do need to stop spraying our food with toxic chemicals. But is Neptunes Harvest a safe/smart fertilizer for a beginner organic garden?

    1. Hi Tam,
      Yes, Neptune’s Harvest is labeled as organic and is safe to use in your garden. Just follow the directions on the label! I hope this helps 🙂

  2. Some of the challenges of gardening is the soil types, then water availability, then is there enough day light. I have gardened at altitude of 6000 feet in near desert area! Water was always a challenge! Used hoop houses and increased tomato and pepper production! Peas and green beans did well without foop houses

  3. Hi Lisa. I would like to know how to deal with pests in a natural way. Aphids, squash bugs and squash vine borers are my nemeses! I’m always looking for ways to manage them. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Diatomaceous earth (DE) is effective against aphids and vine borers, but be careful not to get an on flowers where bees could be affected. Squash bugs are a real pain but you can check the undersides of the leaves for the egg masses and squish them daily for a truly organic approach!

  4. Already have cabin fever! Ready for spring and it looks like I have plenty of time to read boojs on organic gardening

  5. I too don’t like pesticides on my food and try to buy organic and non gmo produce whenever possible. I also buy organic and non gmo seeds. Your book sounds like it is full of good information for a beginner gardner like me. We just put up a greenhouse too!

  6. I do think the garden layout planner will help me visualize better. I have a tendency to plant things too close then the zucchini is taking over the cucumber or whatever

  7. We live in the mountains at 7200 ft in New Mexico
    Every year is a challenge to try to grow veggies & actually harvest some.
    We have deer, squirrels, chipmunks, & interesting insects to cope with.
    We love where we live, but it’s really a challenge to bring food to fruition.
    Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your generous offer in these hard times.

  8. These prizes are amazing and even if I don’t win anything, it’s great to be part of this community. Best wishes to all for a wonderful growing season!

  9. While I am nowhere near being a beginner, I would read this book knowing there’s always something new we can learn from each other.

  10. I love all the content on your web page! I especially love the range of products you offer from how to gardening books to seeds to canning supplies! The next thing I want to get is a greenhouse!

  11. I would love to read this book! I am still learning about gardening and trying to teach my kids as well. This would be a good tool to have!

  12. Would like to learn more about organic gardening as I have grandchildren old enough to help and would be a great learning experience for them.

  13. I would love to read your book. Gardening is ver important to me and learning all I can is very helpful.

  14. Beginner or not, we can never stop learning about gardening. Every year there are new pests and trials to overcome. I feel like a newbie every time I plant even though I plan out my garden three years in advance. I think your book will help once I get moved to the new place.

  15. I am so excited to learn more. We just started going back to home grown, including chickens and ducks and have a variety of fruit trees growing. A greenhouse is in the works and we have several raised beds with veggies going now. So ready to be able to provide more of our own food.

  16. I would love to read your book and learn more about gardening. We are going to need to grow more food for communities in the coming years!

  17. While I do not consider myself a beginner gardener, I love reading books that give me new ideas of how to garden, especially if they make life easier! It is great to learn from those who have had more experience, regardless of my own length of experience. You can always learn new things!

  18. Organic gardening is amazing but finicky if you dont know… i have fertilizer down but pest control….thats another story. I hope your book gives more insight for me.

  19. I have been moving more and more towards organic gardening. I follow your page and it is so insightful! Looking forward to your books too!

  20. I am a more experienced gardener, but I am always looking to learn from the wisdom of others!!! I am really looking forward to checking out your book!

  21. I really need to purchase a copy of your book. I enjoy your content & all the information you provide to help people grow their gardens.

  22. Some years I want to quit gardening but every spring I can’t resist planting more seeds in my organic garden. It’s a rewarding hobby.

  23. Thank you for so much gardening information, I am always looking for natural ways to improve our soil.

  24. I’m always looking for tips and tricks to make my garden more fruitful. Wisdom isn’t knowing everything but going to people smarter than oneself who has more experience. The book looks like a great resource to return to over and over again!

  25. I am not a beginning gardener but am always up for learning new things to help me yield more. I don’t like using pesticides and your blog and company is just up my alley for me. TY for the chance to win and learn from you!

  26. I’d love to learn how to grow more plants to be able to eat healthier. I’ve had luck with tomatoes but not much else. This year with the drought I didn’t even get tomatoes!

  27. I had been doing partial organic gardening in the past trying to avoid chemicals and I would like to learn more about organic gardening. I always had problems with squash bugs so I started going out every morning and picking squash bugs and their eggs. It definitely made a difference but a lot of work

  28. We live on a small homestead where the soil is very depleted. I have a feeling this book would help me in building it up a lot more, without any chemicals. I detest the idea of those also.

  29. I’ve never done organic gardening. Now we are on our own homestead I’m kind of leaning that way to start out our new gardens here.

  30. Added your book to my Amazon wishlist. As well as your Etsy shop. With being so new- I have soo much to learn! The more books the merrier. Very excited to grow and learn from your site and channel.

  31. I’m going to check out your book! We’re expanding our little container garden to be much larger on our new property this year, so this will be helpful to learn more.

  32. I’d love to read your book because it helps reinforce what I’m already learning, not to mention nothing beats a great book that you can hold in your hand.

  33. I want to be more self reliant I want to be able to grow a large majority of my food. Really do not want to use chemicals. Your book on Organic Gardening would help me have a better understanding to be able to do this.

  34. We are going to be gardening for the first time ever in Alaska, and organic will be our preferred way. I need to learn all that I can.

  35. I had my first garden this past summer. Organic and no dig. Your book looks great! I have so much to learn.

  36. I would LOVE your book! Read, read, read is my motto. There is always something new to learn: things you hadn’t considered before, inspiration to try new things, hacks to make life easier, etc. I would have given up long ago if it weren’t for others doing what I am trying to learn to do encouraging me along the way and assuring me that it can be done!

  37. Would love to read your book as I am always looking to expand my knowledge on gardening and homesteading…especially now that the SHTF is upon us. I forsee food shortages in the very near future and we all need to be prepared. Thank you

  38. Happy New Year! Can’t wait to order your book and view your Etsy store!! After a disappointing gardening season, I was ready to give up. However, you always inspire me to keep trying. ❤️ Thanks so much.

  39. We are still fairly new at gardening and would love any help, guidance, and suggestions on any and all things gardening. We built our greenhouse and a small food forest. Companion planting and planning for certain areas have been my struggle but I’ve obtained many strengths, like making my own fertilizer. My goal is to become self sustaining and helping my kids to learn healthy eating habits. They love to help in the garden and I think we would love this book to help us on our journey there. Thank you for this chance to enter.

  40. Happy New Year! Im always trying to learn new gardening hacks and approaches- Id love to read your book! Thanks!

  41. I would like to read your book to learn when to plant at the right time. We always seem to either plant too early or too late!

  42. I am a some what new gardener me and my dad are learning how to grow all sorts of things together. We compost and make our own tea fertilizer. It’s not easy keeping things alive, I’d like to learn more and grow more.

  43. Your book sounds very good. I’m limited physically to how much gardening I can do and would love to get some expert tips.

  44. I have only been gardening for a few years. I have come a long way from my 1st few tries. Planting and learning more each year.

  45. I would love to read your book to help me deepen my gardening skills. Even though right now all I can do is garden on my porch because I live in an apartment, I want to get better at gardening so when we buy a home I will be ready to go big!

    1. That’s wonderful, Kimberly! I’m working on some info for container gardening, so I hope you’ll stop by to visit again. 🙂

  46. I am new-ish to gardening and really wanting to go beyond planting pretty things to really getting to harvest for my family. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

  47. I am always trying to learn more to provide for my family. I love to read in general andni know j would love your book!

  48. I’ve moved from Colorado where I did well gardening, to Missouri where I’m learning the ways things grow here. It’s an exciting challenge.

    1. Hi Lila… I’m sure that will bring many lessons and new experiences. Best wishes with your new garden!

  49. I’m happiest when digging in the dirt & always looking for new ideas & ways to improve my harvest.

  50. I can’t wait to get your book but I especially can’t wait to get my new garden started at my new house! I have been itching so badly to get in my yard to get things started with my clean slate!!! I know I have a lot of work to do but it will be so worth it!

  51. Would live to read the book to improve my gardening knowledge. I avoid synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in my garden and need all the help to organically grow my plants.

  52. I try to be natural first & organic second! Sometimes it’s unfortunate, but usually my trap crops and companion work well!

  53. Watching my grandparents garden seemed like it was so easy back then, but wow… I lost all their knowledge and wish I paid more attention. Still a beginner learning everyday! Always ready to read more to help and thankful for people like you who share the knowledge and skills!!

    1. It’s wonderful that you are learning these skills and carrying on your grandparents’ love of gardening! I’m happy to share my knowledge with others. 🙂

  54. I too garden organically. Taking good care of this earth has always been important to me since as long as I can remember. I love my gardens! I love trying new things in them.

  55. Last season, most of my plants were “volunteers” from compost. They didn’t do well, lol. I’d like to try a more mindful and planned approach this year. We moved to a whole new zone, so lots of learning ahead! Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. If your volunteer plants came from seeds produced by hybrids they won’t have the same characteristics as the parent plants. I’m wondering if that might have been the problem. Best wishes with your garden this year!

  56. I grew up gardening. Between my parents and my grandmother who lived next door, I spent many hours learning their methods of raising vegetables. I tried my hand at a herb garden when I was 11. That little garden failed but I have since done well, and my beds grow a little more each year. Yes, I have skill and knowledge, but gardening is not a “one set of instructions and done” kind of thing. It is always wonderful to learn new techniques, others’ methods, and incorporate that knowledge into my own experience. Possibly helping me with an area with which I had been struggling.

  57. I am running a small school garden at my MOntessori school and would love to learn organic options for gardening with small children.

  58. The gardening worksheets are a perfect way to keep track of so much information on each and every plant/seed that will be used in our garden! Thank you so much!

  59. I am so excited for this giveaway and the opportunity to learn better and more natural techniques in our garden!! Good luck to all and a VERY Happy New Year to everyone!

  60. Your book would be enlightening even though I
    have been gardening for years. I always have problems of sorts with each passing year.
    Never too old to learn.

  61. I need all the help I can get. I managed to get my cauliflower really growing this year and then something ate holes in all the leaves. Ugh! I don’t want to use chemicals but the darn bugs are messing with this year’s test veggie. I am told that knowledge is power. Here’s hoping.

  62. I’m not exactly a beginner gardener, but I love reading anything regarding organic gardening. Reading is learning.

  63. Preparing to retire. My job is extremely physical, and no time to garden. But now, I’m ready. I have lots of information here and there, but I’d like a book for it all to be in one place. Your book looks very interesting, and one I would be glad to have.

  64. I come from a long line of farmers, but my parents walked away from that life. My dream is to go back to that life and be a homesteader, but the knowledge wasn’t passed down to me and my parents aren’t sharing any information either. Ugh! Reading your book would certainly help me get started with my dream.

  65. I am wanting to learn natural pest control for my garden, especially corn worms. I haven’t figured out how to stop them from destroying my ears of corn.

  66. I am still new at gardening and have lots to learn. What better way than to learn from those who have gone before and know what to do or not to do. Those books what be a blessing to win.

  67. I love reading anything and everything on organic gardening. I am 70 years old, and I love learning easier ways to do things, how to get rid of pests in a way that won’t poison my food, or hurt the environment, and the best varieties to grown. Your book looks like just the thing I am looking for.

  68. I have tried gardening and growing my own food so many times and I am a huge FAIL. I am frustrated. I would love to read your book to see how I can stop failing, and start producing!

  69. Your second book is just as good as your first Lisa!
    It’s easy to understand and is chock full of everything you need to know about making gardening choices.
    Great suggestions, examples, and real world info and
    I’ll definitely be keeping this book handy as a reference.
    Lisa’s enthusiasm is catching! Her book makes me feel like I can accomplish organic gardening on a level that works for me!

  70. This book looks very interesting & as a beginning gardener & someone who tries to eat organic as much as possible, it’s a very timely release.

  71. Oooh this is just what I need! Building a greenhouse w/raised beds because my back no longer allows in-ground.

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