When you have some free time at home, you might be looking for a new hobby. If you have a backyard, starting a family garden is a great bonding experience.
However, you might not know where to start when it comes to getting it off the ground. So, here are three tips for starting a garden in your backyard.
Choose What You Want To Grow and Make Sure It’s Feasible
Your plants won’t grow if you try to grow them out of season or in the wrong climate. Learning more about the climate of your city helps you discover which produce will thrive in your backyard. You can buy seeds at the store or you can buy a plant that has already started growing.
You will also want to consider how much space is available in your backyard so that your plants have room to grow. Whether growing flowers or harvesting tomatoes for the farmer’s market, make sure it’s something that you and your family enjoy.
Pick the Best Location and Gather Your Tools
Since most plants requires many hours of direct sunlight each day, place them in the area of your garden with the most sun. Flat locations are also more ideal than slanted land due to water runoff, so pick one near a tree or another large structure that protects from the wind.
The basic tools needed for gardening are a shovel and some gloves, but farmers also recommend other tools. For instance, a scooper for potting soil makes filling planters a breeze, and cordless drills make holes more efficient than digging.
Depending on what you are trying to grow, different tools might be required, such as a kitchen knife for cutting vegetables off a branch when they harvest. You don’t have to break the bank to acquire all these tools. Just the basics will do.
Prepare Your Soil To Become the New Home for Your Plants
Test your soil before planting your garden to determine how much organic matter it contains, its pH level, and whether there are any nutrient deficiencies. The worst thing that can happen is to grow your edible plants in soil with toxic chemicals such as lead or arsenic. However, if your soil contains these chemicals, you can still grow your food in a raised bed with boards on the bottom that separate it from the ground.
If you are growing straight out of the earth, get rid of weeds and any other existing vegetation that will compete with your plant’s roots for nutrients below the soil. Then, you may add compost to prepare the soil for plant life. When growing your plants, make sure to water them thoroughly, but you don’t want to overfill.
Waiting for your plant to grow is very time-consuming, but the results make it all worthwhile. So now that you know the best tips for starting a garden in your backyard, it’s time to start digging!
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