How to Start a Vegetable Garden in your Backyard

Spring is here and you are ready to start a vegetable garden on your hobby farm in your backyard. If this is your first time having a garden it want be your last. When I started my first garden 15 years ago I was hooked. I found it to be a very satisfying as well as rewarding to prepare a meal and everything on my plate came from my garden except the meet. Since then I have never stopped and only increase my diversity in verities of vegetables I grow.

My Garden provides my wife and I will just about every thing we could get from the grocery store. We grow tomatoes, onions, beets, garlic, squash, broccoli and even herbs. Don’t be afraid to try anything. Read the planting instruction and keep going. Lets get started on your garden so you can feel that wonderful feeling of providing food for yourself. I will warn you! You may become addicted to it. I hope so! I love working in my garden and the time just slips away.

How do you start a garden for beginners?

How to Start a Backyard Garden

12 tips when starting a garden

  1. Determine the climate zone you are in
  2. Chose the vegetables you would like to grow first
  3. Pick a location that receives at least 8 hours of full sun light
  4. Plan out your garden beds, short closer to north and taller plants in the back north side.
  5. Test your soil would be a good idea
  6. You will need a few basic garden tools
  7. Start any seeds inside that can not be directly sown
  8. Prepare the garden bed area
  9. Add to the soil with amendments and or mulch
  10. Begin planting seeds with care by following the seed packet planting instruction for each type of plant
  11. Water each day to keep the soil moist for germination
  12. Inspect daily to see any new emerging growth

Where should my garden be?

The best place to have a vegetable garden is in a sunny spot that receives 8 to 10 hours of direct sunlight. If you have trees to the west of your garden spot that will provide shade after 5p.m. that might not be a bad idea in areas that are hotter. This would help keep from having too much sun and heat that could damage your plants. Avoid low areas that could hold excess water or standing water. Too much water is just as bad as not enough water.

A Complete Guide to Digging & Planting Your First Vegetable Garden: Tomatoes, Peppers & Herbs

What month should you start a garden?

What month do you plant vegetables? Most zones start planting in May. Check your area for the last freeze date. Cold tolerant crops can be planted after this date. Here are some plants that are cold tolerant. kale, cabbage, garlic, spinach, Walla Walla sweet onion, leeks, rhubarb, rutabaga, broccoli, kohlrabi, radish, mustard, pea, Brussels sprouts, corn salad, arugula and fava beans to make some of a few.

What’s the easiest vegetable to grow?

Most vegetables are easy to grow. Some have different watering needs or supplements they need. Other issues would come from a certain type of bug or issues that come from over or under watering a plant.

13 easy to grow vegetables

  1. Garlic
  2. Salad Leaves
  3. Potatoes
  4. Radishes
  5. Beats
  6. Peas
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Spring onions
  9. Broad Beans
  10. Runner Beans or Pole Beans
  11. Onions
  12. Zucchini
  13. Rutabaga

Supplies needed to start a vegetable garden

How to get soil ready for planting

8 Vegetable garden tools you may need

  1. Garden Shovel
  2. Garden Hoe
  3. Garden Rake
  4. Garden Fork
  5. Raised Bed Garden Tool Hoe/Cultivator
  6. Garden Trowel
  7. Work Gloves
  8. Hand Water can

Some of these tool are every day use tools when working in a garden. Digging, racking and a wedding device are use on a regular basis. The thick garden fork comes in handy to break up the ground the ground if you are doing a no dig garden.

How to prepare soil for planting vegetables

How To Prepare Garden Soil for Planting with these Simple Steps

  • Test the Soil First to find what is lacking
  • Add Compost to in rich the health of the soil
  • Amend Problem Soil by adding peat moss, sand or other addendums to create a better growing texture
  • Adjust pH of the soil if needed
  • Adjust Soil Nutrients as needed
  • Till the Soil the first time and practice no till gardening after that.
  • Add Mulch at the beginning of the season and a few times thought the summer.

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