If I Were Starting a Vegetable Garden in 2022, This is What I'd Do (7 Steps)

If I Were Starting a Vegetable Garden in 2022, This is What I'd Do (7 Steps)

I created this video for anyone who is looking to either start a vegetable garden for the first time or after a bit of experimentation are ready to really go for it! I cover the 7 steps I highly recommend you take to ensure you have the best success possible – and also as much fun as possible too!
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  1. Charles Watt on July 21, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    My mission statement this year is to Extract a greater and more diverse yield. In containers mostly, so adding trellis, earlier producing varieties, getting a jump on Spring, and planning for a Fall garden yield are my basic approaches. I’m using some Mouse Melon growing up peppers and tomatoes (a tip from that teenage gardener you had a vid of), have Dwarf pea varieties everywhere, and even have thrown red Malabar cuttings and sweet potato vines in with a small Sunchoke patch as extra little ways to stack more production.

  2. P.J. Vaught on July 21, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Good stuff, Huw!

  3. Dawn Bielawski on July 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    My mission this year is to plant more perennials (rhubarb, asparagus, berries), compost more, and keep starting seedlings throughout the season to succession plant. Looking forward to your new book, Huw!

  4. monkey boy332 on July 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    My 2022 mission gardening statement is to grow my knowledge and my harvests to the most successful year yet.

  5. Laura S on July 21, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    My mission statement for this summer 2022 to next is: to discover more about how our food grows and to make a good portion of the food my family of three eats be delicious vegetables and fruits we’ve grown together in our garden. I’m looking forward to learning more, these past few months have been full of trial and error but so encouraging. 🪴

  6. Tanya Adams on July 21, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    My mission statement (i have a huge garden) “ let my daily practice be ‘a stitch in time…’ with my ever present touch in the garden”
    I love your work and advise everyone to subscribe. I also love your confidence in sharing other channels. It shows great passion to spread your message. 💛
    💡 An idea – a diary that incorporates ‘season’ segments rather than ‘month’ segments. Eg January is ‘late winter’ for you but is ‘late Summer for me in Australia.
    Early spring for me is September but its early autumn for you.
    Mid winter for me is July, but mid summer for you.
    So a seasonal diary would be great for people almost the world over. I have an awesome Charles Dowding perpetual garden diary… love it but i have to constantly flip seasons and months when using it. Id love one i could use that is season based. 🌻🌻🌻

  7. Chiara Concetti on July 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    My mission this year is to enjoy gardening while my father-in-law can’t take care of it: I really like to experiment, try new kind of crops meanwhile he prefers focusing almost exclusively on what he knows is going to bene productive. This year I really feel like the garden is just for me!

  8. Ric's Garden on July 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    I decided to video my garden this year. Its a traditional garden with lots of weeds and grass but made tons of food.

  9. X X on July 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Hi Huw, I was wondering do you have a commercial vege business like a market garden or do you sell it to restaurants etc?

  10. Friedrich De Wet on July 21, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    I’m going to grow so much garlic so that I can fart myself to the moon.

  11. Janis Williamson on July 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    I am very fortunate that I get to organize farmers markets at my office as part of our employee wellness initiative. I want to support our local farmers, so I won’t be using my precious (and somewhat limited) gardening resources on produce I can buy at my farmers market. I also need to rehab my garden and install barriers to defeat the groundhogs (woodchucks) that tunneled extensively under my old raised beds (which was so demoralizing). My mission, then, is to revitalize my garden and to grow fruit and vegetables that I can’t readily source locally.

  12. Emily Robinson on July 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Huw you are a life saver! We love your videos. We have no clue about gardening but an 8 year old little girl who is passionate about nature and growing. So we’ve got our first allotment for her, and we all ( brothers 6,4 3) plod up there and try our best. She takes notes on your you tube videos and we all learn together.

    Our statement: to enjoy together and save shopping bills !

  13. Freie Journalistin on July 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    My mission statement for this year is: Learning as much as I can to achieve a more self-sufficient life for my family.

  14. Laura Macini on July 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    My mission statement is to make my waiting room my class room. I’m still waiting for my own garden, but I have some space for pots so I’m going to grow some vegetables that I’m excited about and apply the tips I’m learning as practice for when I can build a garden of my very own 😊

  15. ovidiu farcau on July 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    My mission statement for this year is to enrich my soil as much as possible, I`m still a beginner gardener my garden is still young 3 years and the soil that I have is very poor, needs compost, organic materials, calcium, etc so I take and try every technique from the internet to do this.
    I successfully harvested my first large compost bin (300 litres) this year unfortunately was not enough for my fruiting trees not the rest of the garden. Garden space 500m2 .

  16. Ashley Lange on July 21, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    My mission statement this year is to "Do what brings joy without regret." It means I don’t give up, and I also don’t bite off more than I can chew. Gardening brings me joy, but also I don’t want to burn out and lose steam. This feels really important to start good habits in my new house.

  17. Noemi Ybarra on July 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I love your recent silly asides, and the laughter. But I do miss your, "Very warm welcome back to the garden." It was nice.

  18. Aileen H on July 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    How to do it at a low cost as I’m finding it a bit expensive . I searching on Facebook for free items and charity shops for items I can convert but it’s still a cost for good compost as my compost has not matured enough yet .

  19. Sara Thomas on July 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    My mission statement is to try to reduce plastic and food miles/ save my family money. So I try to grow things we love to eat – kale, broccoli, salads and more expensive items we love. Thanks for your videos they keep me going through pigeons and caterpillars! Xxxx

  20. Broken Root on July 21, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    My mission statement is to live off my garden as much as possible.

  21. Sky Lovecraft on July 21, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    PLEASE READ: My brother just told me that 60% of the bees are gone now due to mite infestation. I’m so saddened to hear this. My friend just had 4 bee boxes that all died and he believes it’s due to pesticides. People please stop using pesticides!! Also stop using rodent poisons because it is killing our wildlife. Our already endangered birds like hawks, falcons, owls etc are eating the poisoned mice and dropping like flies here in Canada and all over. Breaks my heart to find dead birds everywhere. Plz do a video on this!! We are all responsible for taking care of this planet and we need to demand change in Gov! It saddens me to see so many poisons being sold in big box stores everywhere. It makes people think it is okay and normal to use them when it is not! 😔

  22. 86Corvus on July 21, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    I ned an app to tell me when to plant and when to harvest. It should take weather historical data in consideration an allow for planning out your garden and marking the plants you wanna grow. I dont know what to do with most stuff i dont know when its ripe or when the herbs should be harvested and dried.

  23. Amanda Goodrich on July 21, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    My mission statement is to for the first time myself successful grow and have a decent harvest of some of the vegetables I like but also to experiment with a few new types or varieties vegetables and to experiment with how I set up and grow them.

  24. Paul Worthington on July 21, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    "Mission Statement" is a term coined in American Business Schools, tainted by that dedication to ruthless greed and primitive religiosity, "social science" gobbledygook, and mindless militarism, which make so much of that country’s culture so dreadfully unattractive. It stinks of bad dogma. "What do I want to do, and why" is a much better way of putting it. Don’t support bad thinking by adopting its naff jargon. .

  25. Danny Hughes on July 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Excellent advice clearly put and with no Hollywood hype.

  26. Shleaumeau on July 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    I’m a novice gardener starting with limited space. My mission statement is that I want to become knowledgeable about tending and caring for each kind of veggie I eat, and delay any yield goals for next year.

  27. Jessica Leigh Darga Clark on July 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Mission statement: How can I save my family money and skirt inflation by growing my own. Always a pleasure Hew! Cheers!

  28. Kendall Hoeft on July 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Provide for my family to supplement food shortages

  29. All My Art & Soul on July 21, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    We are starting a garden in our elementary school. This was very helpful.

  30. Wandering Home on July 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    I love to watch people garden on YouTube. My land is far and away rocky, dry, and full of Burmyda grass if I water. The heat has been crazy here my Central Texas area. I put in 6 fruit trees early April and only one lived. (1 example)
    I have a friend who was second year running a co-op for garden veggies….she had to stop early because of heat and the plants simply aren’t growing. And, her dirt is much better than mine.
    I’m just focused in on canning other peoples food and buying food preps. It’s sad I can’t garden, but I have to do what I’m able.

  31. Daniel Ellam on July 21, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Hiya where did you get the metal raised beds from

  32. jonathan westergaard on July 21, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    to grow new things, but to not grow the things we weren’t happy with last year, to improve our garden

  33. EireGenX on July 21, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    I used to work with Niall, genuinely a really nice person.

  34. Evi Rosy on July 21, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Love your videos! I have a tiny city garden…but I started to improve soil-dig a hole on the side of my garden and use it for compost,mix it with soil..when It is full,make a new hole next to the first one…finely cover compost with soil and use it for pumpkins,tomato…I have also a wooden box full of compost and soil…potatoes grow every year by itself in this box..I don’t plant them,they grow from potatoes cuttings (fresh from kitchen)I put into this box as a part of compost.So at least-pumpkins and potatoes,also salads…very easy to grow😄

  35. Iolando Spinola on July 21, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Mission Statement: “Build a great garden and outdoor experience for my family and community. See life change, breath good life energy, touch life meaningfully, hear life on earth our home, taste local life.”

  36. Masika Lungo on July 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    My mission statement this year was to start. I was overwhelmed with compost/gardening prices and time. After watching the best explanation of composting on this channel, I jump into action because price wasn’t an issue anymore! I’m one week into creating my own composting setups. One hot compost that I have turned twice. I was shocked at how quickly the smell and look of the pile changed!!!! I have a second compost started where I want my garden beds, and I started laying out newspaper and cardboard in between my beds to create my lazy compost sections. Even if I don’t get anything in the ground this year, I’ll be set up for a great garden next year! Very thankful for your videos 🙏🏾❤️

  37. Natasha Hardy on July 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    My mission statement is, "keep it simple" because we are starting from scratch on a new, very sandy plot. This was just what I needed today!

  38. Jammin428 on July 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    My mission statement has been "learn how to grow my own food for when I need to". Aka I currently grow 10x what my family can eat, and I give loads away. But if I ever needed to rely on my gardening skills, I could do so.

  39. Jason D on July 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Can I ask where you got the corrugated raised beds from please?

  40. Angela Hogben on July 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    My mission statement is to de-stress. Snack when I can in the garden and have fun creating recipes from the garden for the family

  41. DoctorMeatDic on July 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    No matter where I’ve lived, I always make absolute maximum use of the garden. I particularly like those neglected corners, the one behind the shed, stacked up with roof tiles or bricks. I clear them out, clean down the ground and place a raised bed in there. Make sure full light can get in and start planting.

  42. RJ M on July 21, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    My mission statement is to try and be self sufficient in at least 3 crops for the whole year, whether that be beans, salad, or simply herbs

  43. Christina Williams on July 21, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    “I think the trick is to produce more than you consume” – Terence McKenna

    Perfect quote for a garden mission statement 🙂

  44. TheMitcher on July 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Helping my community through hardships by providing regular amounts of organically grown food as well as teaching small space and apartment gardening.

  45. Carin Hiebert on July 21, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    My mission statement is to reduce my grocery bill, so grow veggies that I use a lot in the kitchen

  46. Ida Garcia on July 21, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Grow veggies and flowers to feed my family and friends with love, both tummies and eyes!

  47. Toby Drew on July 21, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    My mission statement is to work on knowing when to plant veggies in session, for my personal properties climate.
    Thanks for the 7 tips 🙂👍🏼

  48. Rhys Jaggar on July 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    My mission statement is to grow sufficient crops to be self-sufficient in vegetables over winter. I came pretty close last year and this year I’m thinking it should be achievable. I have a 185sqm allotment (year 3 of no dig) and 30sqm of highly productive no-dig garden beds at home. I’d also like to harvest/use fresh fruit from June to December.

  49. Life is messy but I’m Learning as I grow! on July 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I am so happy to find your channel! I’m gardening for my 3rd year and I am so thankful to learn from knowledgeable YouTube gardeners like you. Thank you for sharing your passion, tips and tricks. I have started making garden update videos too, I just need to perfect filming it’s very challenging in the bright sun. I hope we can learn more from each other and that we both have fantastic harvests!

  50. Steven Fekete on July 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Huw you do an awesome job. Thank you for sharing and making life a little more enjoyable.. Cheers

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