Ever bought a great looking gardening book, but after the temporary hit of ‘I’m so gonna make a start’ it soon ends up another pretty shelf ornament on the alter of ‘too hard; too much to learn’? What you are missing is Level Zero.
LEVEL ZERO is vegetable gardening for ABSOLUTE beginners – very few rules, simple tools, and basic methods to experience success no matter where you live. Come make a real start.
Once you have achieved success, you can branch out into more vegetable types, managing the soil, and all sorts of challenges and details that an abundance of great mainstream gardening books and websites offer.
OUR LEVEL ZERO STORIES SO FAR…
This is growing nightshades at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the family will fall into place. The easiest to grow are the potatoes, and everyone wants tasty tomatoes too, so we start there. Let’s go.
These are the Solanaceae – the nightshade family of so many summer flavours we love. Besides potatoes, the ones we eat are technically fruits of these plants. Now that frosts are gone, it is time to get them going. Let’s meet them.
I must be a child of the seventies – I just cannot say ‘Rhubarb’ once! More on that later.
Rhubarb is a gem in your garden – perennial, forgiving, and an instant desert or breakfast hero. Here are some top tips, and now is a perfect time to plant them.
This is growing cucurbits at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the family will fall into place. The most easy to grow, and those we prefer here in our patch, are CUCUMBER and ZUCCHINI for fresh summer eating, and PUMPKIN if you prefer to play a long game and save food for winter months. Let’s go.
Chamomile is a sweet little member of the Asteraceae - the daisies that is - and is a must-have in your Level Zero garden. The seeds are the tiniest seeds we have in the whole garden, but if you can resist the temptation to pinch the flowers for tea, and keep their...
This is growing beets at Level Zero for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these, and the rest of the Amaranth family will fall into place. The two most easy beets to grow, and those we prefer here in our patch, are BEETROOT and SPINACH.
Spring is here, and whilst the wind and chilly mornings are with us for a while yet, the pollinators are already busy.In our Level Zero flower calendar (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind), Nigella are perfect to sow in September. Let’s go.
Tiny seeds. How on earth do we direct-sow them so they don’t all bunch up together or get lost?
Spring is coming, and though the weather is still snappy-chilly, it won’t be long before our pollinators are buzzing about. In our Level Zero flower calendar (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind), Calendula are perfect to sow in August (though any time Autumn to Spring is fine too).
Goodness, our very first YouTube video. Special thanks go to our technical advisor (Mr15)👍, because we are Level Zero at making videos 😉.
There ARE tools for you to reduce stain and keep you motoring along in your garden just fine without the force needed for larger species of worktool.
Diets don’t work. They also don’t work in the garden. Find out why, and how to avoid the GroundHog Day syndrome that prevents long term success for beginners.
We have lots of great tools in the garden, but there is a small group of essentials we couldn’t do without. The HoriHori is our number one tool.
There is a level zero for every garden skill, but most books and garden shows don’t start there.
Here are a few basic rules to help us focus on what is really important when just starting out.
The cheerful purple and yellow kitten faces of viola ‘Johnny Jump-ups’ are easy to plant and care for, so they are ideal for our Level Zero Flowers for Pollinators project.
This is growing alliums at Level Zero, for absolute beginner gardeners. Learn to grow these first, then branch out into other tasty allium treats.
It should be no surprise that Alyssum is happy in the winter months, is edible, and attracts pollinators – it comes from the Brassica family.
Asparagus is a Level Zero gardening treasure. It isn’t that fussy, will likely grow without attention and pop up with surprise goodies every Spring to remind you that you are still kicking goals. Sweet. 😉👌🌿
For many garden veggies, we need pollinators. We want the to feel as welcome as possible, so our veggie patch is firmly on their regular travel schedule – come for the flowers, stay for the veggies. Right now is a great time to sow cheap and easy Level Zero flower seeds (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind) right there in your garden bed or pot, next to veggies. No seedlings, no fussing, no prep. Here are our top picks for Autumn.
Do I plant seeds or seedlings, or even purchase larger plants in pots? Here is the skinny on each, and why you might choose them.
Trenching Level Zero is perfect for small spaces or even balcony gardens, and so easy to achieve. Reduce your food waste and feed your plants.
Your seasonal journal is essential if you’d like to grow, make, cook and live seasonally. It is time to start observing.