The Garden Starter

Essential tips for new gardeners and gardeners who are starting over

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From seed to table, The Garden Starter covers the basics of starting, tending, and making the most of your vegetable garden. Click here for your free copy.

Topics include:

  • Foundations of gardening
  • Starting a compost pile
  • Building a garden
  • Planting a garden
  • Taking care of a garden
  • Pest, disease, and wildlife
  • Washing, storing, and cooking produce

As an added bonus, The Garden Starter features a removable Planting Calendar for your garden shed, refrigerator, or workshop. 

Getting started with your first garden can seem overwhelming. However, we believe that gardening is best learned by doing. Trial and error is a great teacher. Don’t be afraid to give gardening a try and see what happens!

For additional information, check out these resources:

Grow Well Missouri Gardening Resources
Your local University of Missouri Extension office
Vegetable Harvest and Storage Guide (University of Missouri Extension)
Identifying insects in the garden (Purdue University)
Controlling insects in the garden without chemicals (Mother Earth News)
Problem Wildlife in the Garden and Yard (National Pesticide Information Center)
Seasonal and Simple (University of Missouri Extension)
Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4/day (Leanne Brown)

The Garden Starter is a publication of Grow Well Missouri, part of the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security at the University of Missouri. Funding provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health. Contact Bill McKelvey,, for more information.