Vegetable Growing Zones

So you’re are a beginner gardener and you want to grow your own produce, great! Before you get your hands dirty and start heading for the store to buy your plants or seedlings, there are a few things you need to consider. Do the vegetables you want to plant ow do well in your region? Let’s say you want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, and okra – all hot weather crops – but you live in the part of the country that has a very brief hot season, your efforts may be in vain, unless you have a greenhouse.

As a beginner gardener, this may not be feasible. What is a plant growing zone? A plant or vegetable growing zone has all the requirements a plant needs to thrive thus giving you the best climate for your plant’s success.

What is My Plant Growing Zone

There are several zones that show you what plants thrive well in those zones. When you buy a pack of seeds or seedlings, information on where it thrives best is often indicated on the plant’s packet or in the case of seedlings, on a label. This label informs you how to plant, when to start planting and the best zone to plant them. It may also come with a zone map printed on the packet. Before you go out to purchase anything, it is prudent to ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What is my zone?
  2. What plants are best for my zone?

A good source that will answer this question can be found at Gardening Know-How

What to Plant

Once you have found out what your zone is, you can then decide what you want to plant. By now you should have done your research on what will thrive in your zone to provide you with the best possible outcome for your effort. Be sure to learn what is needed for the optimum growth of your plants such as fertilizers, watering, etc.


In summary, you have learned one of the most important decisions to be made prior to starting a vegetable garden. You should familiarize yourself with vegetable growing zones and the plants that do best in them.

Here are some of the vegetables that I grow in my zone (8a) in Georgia.

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Growing your vegetable garden is an exciting prospect and can be done by everyone who intends to grow some or all of their food. It is a refreshing and rewarding vocation that lets you control the variables that go into food production for you and your family. But before you dive in willy-nilly there are certain important steps to take, hence my practical guide to – this blog, on what you should know. The information in this blog is my gardening tips for beginners.

I will attempt to make this project as plain and nontechnical as possible.

Growing Season

Do you have a long or short growing season? For hot weather plants like cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes, a long growing season will serve you best. For lettuce and other greens, a long cool season will serve you best. I love tomatoes cucumbers and other hot season plants and I have a relatively long hot growing season in Georgia.

What to Plant

Deciding what to plant depends on your growing season and what does well in your area. Supplies in your local garden center are a good indicator as to what plants survive and thrive in your zone. Tips for beginner gardeners can be obtained from your local garden store associates.
In-Ground, Raised Beds or Container Gardening?

Do you have a large area to plant a traditional garden, then that should be considered if you have the right type of soil for your plant’s needs. Do you do have the land, you might want to consider raised bed gardening. If you are not fortunate enough to have a lot of land (you may reside in an apartment, condominium or limited land space) you might want to consider container gardening.

Seeds or Seedlings?

As a beginner gardener, your best option may be buying seedlings from your local gardening store. These plants are usually ready to go in the ground since they have been exposed to the sun due to a process called “hardening off”. Hardening off is a process were seedlings are gradually exposed to direct sunlight, a few hours a day until they are used to direct sunlight.

I expose my seedlings on day 1 in a shaded area and leave them out for a couple of hours. I gradually expose my seedlings to two hours a day and about three days in I expose them to a little more direct sunlight. After about seven days, they should be strong enough to handle the full sun.


A lot of consideration has to go into growing a successful garden. Not doing so can lead to a disappointing growing season and an unsuccessful harvest. Gardening is fun and rewarding, especially if you grow organically. You are rewarded with fresh produce that is chemical, pesticide, and preservative-free.

As a bonus, your homegrown produce tastes hundreds of times better than what is obtainable from the store. The taste test is the best. Eating a freshly harvested cucumber or tomato and comparing the taste with a commercially produced one will make you look at the store-bought one with disdain!

About Ime

Welcome to tips for beginner gardeners. i am going to teach you what it takes to set up a garden at your home whether its a house, condo or apartment.


The reason I started this blog was to assist the beginner gardener what it takes to start a successful garden. My quest began when some of the produce I liked purchasing were not available when I wanted then or, looked far from fresh or appetizing. Coupled with the fact that most of the produce found in stores were grown with pesticides, hormones and preservatives.

With this in mind, I decided to grow my own food organically, free from the application of chemicals. it has been a very rewarding experience. It is relaxing, therapeutic and safe. I have confidence in what I put into my body and I’m pleased with what I keep out!


I want to help you eat more healthy and nourishing food free from pesticides, preservatives and man made fertilizers. I want to show people how to start and develop a garden in spaces they never dreamed possible.


My goal is to show and guide you step by step on how to grow your own food.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Ime Udombang