These tips and gardening tools will get the beginner gardener started on creating a beautiful, flourishing backyard vegetable garden!
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So you want to grow a backyard garden, huh? There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your garden start to flourish and ultimately provide you with fresh fruits, vegetables, and beautiful flowers! Once the garden bug hits you, you’ll find yourself counting down to spring every year! We dug our raised garden seven years ago and every year since then it’s brought us fresh, homegrown vegetables.
But it’s not like we just bought some plants and seeds, popped them in the ground, and got lucky! My husband had some garden knowledge thanks to his dad and grandmother. Me? I learned along the way. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when you start your new backyard garden:
Choose a sunny spot
Here’s the thing – your garden is going to need plenty of sunshine. But you don’t want it to get too much sun. So make sure you dig it in a spot that will get about six hours of sunlight during the day.
Pick the right plants
Now that you’ve got your garden dug, it’s time to start planting. Maybe you want to start plants from seed, or maybe you want to buy starter plants. Whatever the case, you want to make sure that they’ll be happy in the location you plant them.
So make sure you read those information tags! They’re there for a reason and will let you know how much light and water your new plant babies will need! And while you’re at it, you might want to check out which zone you’re in to make sure your plants thrive!
Want to give your soil a healthy boost? Consider getting a compost bin or compost tumbler. I have a small counter bin that I throw fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, and coffee grounds into. At the end of the week, I dump it straight into the garden to be turned over. As the scraps break down, it fertilizes the soil.
Keep a record of your garden
This is something I only started last year, but it’s been extremely helpful! Keep a notebook or garden journal to write down information about your plants (like if they’re annuals or perennials), track their progress, or write down other important information about your garden.
Rotate your plants
One of the key things I’ve learned from my favorite gardener (my husband) is that you shouldn’t plant the same plants in the same spot each year. Instead, rotate them to keep the soil nutrient rich.
Water in the A.M.
Before the sun gets too hot, give your garden a good soaking! Watering in the afternoon sun can cause plants to become too hot and burn up.
Make sure you have the right tools
Your garden is going to require maintenance as your plants grow. Make sure you have the right tools for digging, weeding, and cleaning up! If you don’t know where to start, check out my list below for everything you’ll need to get started on your backyard garden!
The Tools Every Beginner Gardener Needs
- Bamboo Gardening Gloves
- Easy Pour Watering Can
- Seed Starter Peat Pots
- Moisture Control Potting Soil
- Digging Shovel
- Pruning Shears
- Hand Shovel
- Stainless Steel Straight Weeder
- Hoe and Cultivator Hand Tiller
- Watering Wand
- Expandable Garden Hose
- Gardening Organizer Tote
- Folding Garden Kneeler
- Leaf Grabbers
- Reusable Yard Waste Bag
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