Looking to grow food and flowers from your very own backyard? Here’s how to get started.
Whether it’s a new source of food, like basil and parsley, or a favorite type of fragrant flower, many people love having a garden in their own yard for convenience, transparency and a sense of accomplishment. If your goal is to have a green thumb, consider these tips for healthy plants and a happy yard.
A DIY garden can be crafted out of any size yard space, from spacious to slim. Homeowners with larger yards may have room for many rows or multiple beds, while those with tighter space may choose a few simple plants or a stand-alone, above-ground bed. Short fencing made of wood, metal or wire will define the space and look charming all while preventing the garden from getting trampled by foot traffic and keeping out unwanted – and hungry – critters.
The sight of even the most beautiful flowers or fresh veggies will be diminished by the presence of weeds. In addition to being an eye-sore, weeds are pesky intruders that can choke out and kill off plants you’ve intentionally planted and nurtured. To avoid a total weed takeover, pluck them as soon as they peep above the soil. Pull up the entire weed – making sure to pull out the full root system – to prevent the same weed from growing back overnight.
On top of soil, mulch can be an essential component for thriving plants. Not only does it act as a protective shield to the delicate ground surrounding seedlings, but it helps prevent the overwhelming presence of weeds. If your garden is visible to neighbors or in view from the street, a fresh coat of mulch – either in brown or red – can make your garden an attractive asset even when plants are young and yet to bloom.
Don’t Forget Water
Depending on the size of your backyard garden and the types of plants you choose to grow, you may aim to position your garden beds in close proximity to the water hose.. Carefully read instructions on the packet of seeds, as well as online, to narrow down exactly how much water each species requires to flourish. Some plants – like the iris, boasting vivid purple flowers – need consistent watering, while others – like the geranium with magenta flowers – could withstand drier climates or even a drought.
Ensure Sunlight Exposure
Like with water intake, each type of plant requires different levels of sunlight to grow properly. That being said, a backyard garden with a variety of species in close quarters would likely do best placed in the most direct sunlight.
Written byLeah Curtis
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