One of the most common rookie mistakes I have seen first time gardeners make is that they take on too much at once. I’m not going to say that gardening is an easy thing to do and anyone who does is either completely delusional or just plain lying. Gardening is not easy. There, I said it.
When you are just getting your gardening feet wet, don’t bury yourself too deep by over planting. Start small with one or two plants for the first season. This will give you a much better frame of reference for how much work is involved in the care and maintenance of your garden, and will better equip you to deal with larger numbers in the future.
One great beginner garden is potentially the least complicated as well. Try your hand at a salsa garden and you’ll be wowing your family and friends with home grown tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro for months. Tips for growing these and other great gardening plants will be published in the Gardening 101 section of My Earth Garden.