You have a backyard and you have a day off and it is beautiful outside. Why not plant a garden?
For people who do not have a green thumb the idea of planting a garden can be very intimidating but we have a guide for how to plant a beginner’s garden.
Look in your backyard and find a spot that isn’t too close to your home and isn’t directly underneath any trees. Also your garden should be accessible to water or a water hose.
It is recommended to choose an area with good soil and build a fence around your garden but if determining what is ‘good’ soil and building a fence are going to hold you back, you can still plant a beginner’s garden without these.
However if you are curious as to how to determine if you have good soil here is a little test: Grab a handful of soil and squeeze it all together in a ball then release and it crumbles from your hand; you have good soil.
Write out a ‘garden plan’. This should indicate what vegetables you want to grow and the rows in which you intend to grow them. Think small. You can always add more on next season.
Prepare your rows in the fall. Map them out and dig them this will prepare you for an early spring planting.
Buy fresh seeds of the vegetables you wish to plant and grow. If you choose to grow carrots, radish, onions, lettuce or spinach you will need to make double-rows.
Use plant fertilizer as instructed. You can go to any lawn and garden store for your fertilizer.
Some vegetables like tomatoes and eggplant need to be staked. This is when you put a stake in the ground and secure the growing plant onto the stake so it may better grow vertically.
Throughout the spring you need to harvest your garden regularly. Water and mulch the garden periodically as well depending upon recent rainfall.
Keep pests under control! [Pest control]
When grass and weeds are small take advantage of the situation and cultivate. [organic weed control]
Another tip is that manure, moss, compost and rotted leaves make a very good organic compound to add to your garden. This is important because the quality of your soil very much affects your garden and how healthy it grows.