The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables - Jessica Sowards

The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables

By Jessica Sowards

  • Release Date: 2021-02-16
  • Genre: Gardening


You’re excited to plant your first vegetable garden—but where to start? In The First-Time Gardener: Growing Vegetables, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Homesteader Jessica Sowards, the warm and energetic host of YouTube’s Roots and Refuge Farm, is the perfect teacher for new gardeners, offering not just know-how but inspiration and time-management tips for success.

Before you sink your hands into the soil, she’ll answer all those questions rolling around inside your head:Where do I put my new garden?How do I prepare the soil?What vegetables should I plant?Is it better to start new plants from seed or should I buy transplants?What about watering, feeding, and taking care of my garden?What do I do if bugs show up? There are no stupid questions here. Everyone has to start somewhere, after all. Not only will you learn how to prepare, plant, and tend your first vegetable garden, you’ll also learn: How to design an eco-friendly layoutHow to grow with the seasonsHow to maximize your harvest, even if you only grow in a small space Jessica wants your first food-growing experience to be a positive one, and she’s prepared to go the distance to make sure tending the earth becomes your new favorite hobby.

A single growing season is all it takes to fall in love with growing your own healthy, organic, nutrient-dense food. With Jessica as your guide, you’ll soon discover all the satisfactions, challenges, and great joys of growing your own food garden.

This book is part of The First-Time Gardener’s Guides series from Cool Springs Press, which also includes The First-Time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers. Each book in The First-Time Gardener’s Guides series is aimed at beginner gardeners and offers clear, fact-based information that’s presented in a friendly and accessible way, including step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations throughout.


  • Excellent book to encourage first time gardeners

    By Wonderful Chelseabeast
    Jess’ tone throughout the whole book exudes understanding and encouragement. Ideas are given, but no exact formula. Jess’ gives the reader permission to break gardening “rules”, to experiment, to take risks and give in to passion for the natural world, while delivering wisdom in a simple, refined way. As someone who has killed many a plant, and always claimed I had a black thumb, I appreciate her journey to becoming a gardener and am determined to grow my own food. The information from this book has given me a simple and solid foundation to start with and I look forward to creating my own little slice of paradise!