Gardening is a tradition of summer right up there with swimming pools, trips to the beach and soaking up sun every chance you get.
But those who aren't adept at gardening look at the activity as something they simply can't do well and skip, feeling that leaving it to the experts is the better bet. Simply put, gardening is an acquired taste and typically only is done by those who feel comfortable they can grow vegetables that actually are edible, instead of wasting time digging through the dirt.
The biggest mistake the would be gardening crowd makes is feeling that growing vegetables and planting isn't something that anyone can do, when in fact it can be enjoyed by the masses even if you've never done it before.
The trick to gardening is to keep the act of digging, planting and cultivating a respectable grove of vegetables is to keep the art form simple, rather than trying to bite off more than you can chew. Literally.
That means you should only set aside a small part of the lawn for your garden, rather than choosing to rope off the entire backyard. Chances are, you're not going to be able to eat all those vegetables during the summer anyway, plus why, as a novice, would you want to begin with such a huge undertaking when a small four foot by six foot patch of grass would easily suffice?
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