Gardening is one of our favorite Southern hobbies. We spend weekends with our hands in the dirt caring for our prized Peggy Martin roses and trimming our lawns until they're perfectly manicured. We have competitions for the neighborhood's best lawn and bring our vegetables to the county fair to win blue ribbons. Gardening is a Southern tradition, and we're always looking for ways to improve our lawns. If you're a gardening amateur looking to start a garden, you'll want to try out these tips from our resident expert, Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender. The first thing that you've got to decide is what kind of garden you'd like to have. Do you want to grow warm weather vegetables in the summer? Or, are you hoping for more evergreen plants? If you're a beginner, you may want to try container gardening – a simpler form of growing that takes much less work and maintenance. Keep watching for the Grumpy Gardener's best tips.
[MUSIC] First thing is decide whether you wanna grow vegetables for cool weather or for warm weather. Cool weather vegetables be like a lot of leafy vegetables like spinach And lettuces and chard and mustard. And those are really, really easy to grow. And you can even grow those in containers. So if you're a beginner all those things are easy. So you just sprinkle the seeds in over the container. And they germinate quickly and you get a quick crop. And it's a very good confidence maker. But once it gets hot A lot of those greens get bitter and you can't plant them anymore. [MUSIC] Then you wanna go on to something that likes hot weather. People generally are very enthusiastic about planting tomatoes. If you're, if this is the first time you've planted tomato You need to get a disease resistant tomato. Not one of the heirlooms but a disease resistant tomato that's gonna take all the bad stuff that could possibly happen. Now if I had to pick one summer vegetable that I was really sure I was gonna get a lot of stuff from and it's easy to grow Those would be pepper. Peppers are so easy, there's sweet peppers that have no fire. There's really hot ones. They don't take up very much space, you get a lot of production, a lot of crop, a lot of fruit. From a smaller plant, and you can grow them in the ground or even grow them in containers. So that's one, that's probably, if I had a summer vegetable to pick that I wanted to plant, and I was a beginner, I'd try peppers. [MUSIC]